Jackfruit is the national fruit of Bangladesh and is the biggest fruit that grows on a tree in the world. Some specimen of this fruit can weigh up to 77 pounds. The skin of the fruit is thick, hard, and green, and the flesh inside is colored, versatile, and full of nutrients.
This fruit is extremely popular among vegans, and it offers numerous health benefits as it is abundant in essential nutrients.
This peculiar fruit is rich in nutrients such as fiber, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, vitamin A, B6, C as well as protein. A cup of jackfruit will provide you with 25% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B6, which is great for vegans as the vegan diet doesn’t offer this vitamin in abundance.
A cup of jackfruit has 155 calories and only 3 grams of fat. It is also low in cholesterol, sodium, and saturated fats. On the other hand, the fruit is also a rich source of essential minerals, and folate, thiamine, niacin, and riboflavin.
Recent years have seen increased interest on the part of consumers, researchers, and the food industries into how this fruit can help maintain health; and the role that it plays in the prevention and treatment of many illnesses.
Research has found that jackfruits contain main compounds that have been known to prevent the growth of and/or kill cancer cells.
As reported by The National Cancer Institute, over 1.17 million Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer annually. Yet, studies have shown that this amazing fruit can successfully treat this severe disease and boost your immune system.
Jackfruit is rich in several phytonutrients including isoflavones, lignans, and saponins which have powerful anti-cancer properties. These nutrients will fight free radicals in the body and have the ability to prevent cancer and other diseases.
How jackfruit kills cancer?
Lignans have anti-estrogenic effects in reproductive tissues that can be beneficial in preventing the hormone-associated cancers of the breast, uterus, ovary, and prostate.
Isoflavones are also proven to reduce the risk of endometrial, prostate, and breast cancers.
Saponins kill cancer cells by directly binding to cells as well as boosting white blood cell activity and preventing cell differentiation and proliferation.
Lectins found in the fruit’s pulp have the ability to reduce the mutagenicity of carcinogens and combat the proliferation of cancer cells.
Jackfruit is rich in antioxidants which efficiently prevent free radical and oxidative damage. This fruit is also high in fiber which lowers the colon cancer risk, cleanses the colon, and eliminates toxins from the digestive tract.
This amazing fruit is also rich in vitamin C a that boosts the immune system. An animal study has shown that the polysaccharides in jackfruit enhance the function of phagocytic cells and strengthen the immune system.
This tropical fruit also contains flavonoids, polyphenols, and carotenoids that help lower blood pressure, boost metabolism, fight stomach ulcers, and support nerve function.
How to prepare and buy jackfruit
This amazing fruit can be found fresh or canned. Of course, if choosing the canned version, make sure there aren’t any added sugars or preservatives. Instead look for jackfruit found in water and brine. If buying it fresh, make sure to get a ripe one.
To do this, look for yellowish skin with spikes that have softened. Just apply gentle pressure to make sure it gives a little. Another sign that it’s ready to eat is its musky fragrance, which should be rather distinctive.
You can also buy one that’s green and firm and allow it to sit in a window or on your counter until it has reached the recommended ripeness.
When it’s still raw, the fruit can be used as a pork substitute. It absorbs the sauce quite well and develops a tender and moist texture once cooked.
However, do keep in mind that jackfruit has a very strong and pungent smell which some people may not like. It tastes like a cross between a mango and a pineapple. It may taste unlike anything you have had before but do try it for its unique flavor and texture.