Jack fruit is a miracle fruit which is rich in nutrients. It is the state fruit of Kerala and Tamilnadu and national fruit of Bangladesh and Srilanka. All parts except the outer ruff surface are consumed mostly. It is a huge fruit with a yellow flesh and edible seeds inside. The flesh has a sweet and unique taste so some portray as a hybrid of banana and pineapple.
This largest fruit in the world has increased the popularity in recent years. This is used by vegans as a meat substitute.
Health benefits of jack fruit
The vitamins and minerals in the flesh, seeds and other parts help to treat or to prevent the risk of various health conditions. Consuming raw and fresh jack fruit are best for health rather than tinned or packed fruit.
Reduce the risk of heart attacks or stroke
Researches show that the jackfruit seed reduces the bad cholesterol(LDL) level and increases good cholesterol(DHL) level in the body. So this reduces the risk of heart diseases. Jack fruit is a rich source of potassium, which will reduce blood pressure and keeps the heart healthy.
Help with blood sugar control.
Jackfruit contains fibre, protein, antioxidants, and has a low glycemic index so all of which may promote better blood sugar control. Foods with a low glycemic index(GI) is helpful for promoting blood sugar control.
Reduces the risk of cancer
Jackfruit contains phytochemicals which have antioxidant properties. This antioxidant property of phytochemicals helps to fight the free radicals from damaging the cells. Brown coating on the jackfruit seed is known to be great for preventing and fighting cancer.
Other health benefits of jack fruit
It improves immunity as it is a rich source of vitamin C.
As per research the extracts of jackfruits leaves promote wound healing.
Jackfruit especially the seeds is a rich source of fibre so this helps to maintain a smooth and healthy digestive system.
Jack fruit recipes
The jackfruit dishes are common among people in the south Indian state, Kerala.
Common unripe jack fruit recipes;
- Jackfruit curry (Idi chakka curry)
- Mashed jackfruit ( chakka puzhukk)
- Jackfruit chips
Ripen jackfruit recipe
- Jackfruit payasam(chakka payasam)
- Chakka ada