JACKFRUIT: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
Lately, everyone has become a researcher when it comes to health, nutrition and lifestyle.
So the trending thing presently is to adore one particular food and crown it ALMIGHTY or SUPER because of its benefits.
So many really dont go about the downside of those foods they deem nutritionally beneficial to them and cause harm to their systems.
Before anyone goes about researching about jackfruit and crowning it LORD OF FRUITS, i rather do that first.😁
Jackfruit is a fruit found in many parts of Asia.
It has been gaining popularity due to its delicious, sweet taste and various health benefits but thank God no one has termed it SUPER FOOD yet atleast😁.
However, the flesh isn’t the only part of the fruit you can eat — a single jackfruit may contain 100–500 edible and nutritious seeds which are discarded most times due to the ignorance of their benefits.
Lets learn about the benefits and downsides of jack fruit ( yes, downsides).
They contain high levels of protein , starch, antioxidants , vitamins amd minerals.
A serving of jackfruit seed ( 28g) contains approximately :
Riboflavin: 8% of RDI
Thiamin: 7% of RDI
Magnesium: 5% of RDI
Phosphorus: 4% of RDI.
Jackfruit seed provide fibre and resistant starch which act as food for beneficial gut bacteria.
Fibre and resistant starch has been linked to health benefits as : hunger control, reduced blood sugar levels, improved digestion and insulin sensitivity.
1. Jackfruit has been used in traditional Chinese medicine as aphrodisiac and treatment for digestive issues.
2. They could have antimicrobial effects and be used to curb diarrhoeal issues and combat E.coli.
3. May have anti- inflammatory effects.
4. Since it has a good amount of fibre and resistant starch, it could aid easy digestion.
Please note that they are probable possibilities because its a study.
1.Some studies showed that Jack fruit seed extract could slow blood clotting and prevent clots forming in humans. So, jackfruit might increase bleeding when combined with drugs as:
– NSAIDS : ibuprofen, naproxen.
2. They contain antinutrients like tannins and trypsin inhibitors.
Tannins are commonly found in plant foods. They bind to zinc and iron to form a insoluble mass making them difficult to be absorbed in the body.
Trypsin inhibitors are a type of protein found in pawpaw seed, soybean and jackfruit. They interfere with protein food, making it difficult to digest food.
The best way to deactivate antinutrients in food is by passing them through heat. So, its safer if you boil or roast your Jack fruit seed before consuming.