The world’s largest fruit that grows on a tree, with specimens weighing up to 100 pounds is jackfruit. The fruit has thick and hard green skin which is pale colored fresh on the inside. Because of its texture, versatility and nutrient content, this fruit is very popular among vegans. It is also the national fruit of Bangladesh.
Jackfruit is rich in nutrients like fiber, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, vitamin A, B6, C as well as protein. Only one cup of jackfruit will provide you with 25% of the daily recommended allowance of vitamin B6, which is something great for vegans, as their diet doesn’t offer this vitamin in abundance.
Colorectal cancer is one difficult disease which is very hard to treat, and according to the National Cancer Institute, it affects more than 1.17 million people in the USA annually. Fortunately, the jackfruit can treat this type of disease successfully and it will also strengthen your organism.
– Colon cancer prevention
Jackfruit is rich in phytonutrients, isoflavones, lignans and saponins which have powerful anti-cancer properties. All these nutrients will fight free radicals in our body and they also have the ability to prevent cancer, as well as some other diseases.
Phytonutrients prevent the development stage of cancer cells, which can only be found in plant-based foods. The jackfruit contains enough of them in order to help your body in fighting conditions like stomach ulcers. At the moment, some researches are underway to see what actually makes these compounds so powerful against cancer.
These are very powerful anti-cancer agents, which are especially useful in the fight of colon cancer. According to one study, they include mycotic arrest in leukemia cells which in some cases leads to remission. These phytonutrients bind to the outer layer of cancer cells and in that way, they prevent their growth.
– Lignans and isoflavones
Both phytonutrients bind to receptors in the same way as estrogens do. According to some studies, they can significantly reduce the risk of endometrial cancer. There was one study, from 2006 in which there were 500 women included, which showed that jackfruit can considerably reduce the risk of several types of cancer because of the presence of these phytonutrients.
– Protection of cellular DNA
The antioxidants that the fruit contains will prevent the action of free radicals and will also protect your body from oxidative damage. Jackfruit is also rich in fiber, which cleans the colon, and also removes toxins from our digestive tract and reduces the risk of colon cancer.
– Strengthens the immune system
The jackfruit is also rich in vitamin C and some simple sugars, which will reinforce your immunity. According to one animal study, the polysaccharides that jackfruit contains can improve phagocytic cell function as well as the function of the immunity.
Nutritional values of jackfruit
Here are some of the reasons why you should include jackfruit in your diet:
– Only a cup of the fruit contains 155 calories and only 4 grams of fat. Jackfruit is also low on saturated fats, as well as cholesterol and sodium.
– The fruit is rich in vitamin A, as well as niacin, riboflavin, thiamine and folate. Apart from its vitamin content, jackfruit is also rich in essential minerals.
– The simple sugars which are present in the fruit can improve the overall health. Only a cup of jackfruit contains 11% of the daily recommended allowance of fiber, which will help in improving your digestive system.