The Health Benefits of Jackfruit
The jackfruit ( Katahal in Hindi)does live to its moniker of “the Jack of all trades”. It is a fantastic fruit packed with a lot of nutrients. It is a great source of phytonutrients, carbohydrate, minerals, vitamins, electrolytes, fibre, fat and protein. Jackfruit is consumed for its taste, nutrition and its many health benefits. Here are some of them:
1 . Boosts Immunity
Free radicals in the body are produced when oxygen reacts with particular molecules and initiates harmful chain reactions which can damage the cell walls and underlying DNA.
To rid the body of free radicals, the presence of antioxidants is a necessity. Vitamin C, which is abundantly present in jackfruit, is a natural antioxidant and is present in a quantity of 13.8 mg per 100 g of the fruit.
Vitamin C is instrumental in building the body’s defences and strengthening its immune system against common cold and cough, and other apparently harmless infections.
2 . Increases Stamina
One of the main features of jackfruit which makes it so valuable is that it contains high amounts of carbohydrate and calories but almost zero percent of accompanying fat.
It is generously endowed with quantities of sucrose and fructose that do not take up much energy or time for the system to digest. And not only is the sugar available in the flesh of the jackfruit easily digestible, but it is also classified under the tag of Slowly Available Glucose (SAG), a category of sugars that are released and assimilated in an unhurried, gradual manner so as to keep the glycemic index of the fruit minimal.
3 . Promotes Heart Health
If you are one among many who are worried sick about heart health, then you can heave a sigh of relief. One of the key minerals required to treat any cardiovascular irregularity is potassium. It can normalise blood pressure, control sodium intake and coordinate muscle activity. When taken in its standard and requisite dosage, that is, 4700 mg a day, potassium can revitalise the body mechanism.
One of our primary sources of this important mineral is none other than jackfruit, which solely accounts for 10% of our potassium intake.
4 . Aids Healthy Digestion
Jackfruit contains 1.5 g of roughage per 100 g of serving, which is a significant amount of our intake of dietary fibre.
This fibre plays an integral role in aiding digestion and allowing for smooth intestinal function and bowel movement. By adding bulk to the stool, it makes it softer and more voluminous, and therefore, more easily disposable.
5 . Strengthens Vision
Jackfruit is rich in Vitamin A in the form of Beta Carotene and Lutein Zeaxanthin. There is no more important mineral for eye health than Vitamin A. Being an antioxidant; it helps improve vision by protecting the eye from free radicals. And by strengthening the mucous membranes that line the cornea, it even serves as a layer of protection from bacterial and fungal infections.