Spiky but healthy! The amazing benefits of eating jackfruit

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  • Adding jackfruit to your diet or eating plan gives you a lot of health benefits
  • Jackfruit is high in nutrients and antioxidants and has a number of health benefits, including improved blood sugar control
  • To note, it makes an excellent meat alternative in vegetarian and vegan recipes

Do you love eating jackfruit?

Jackfruit, the spiky tropical fruit with distinctive sweet flavor and is often used to make a wide variety of dishes, can do wonders to your health.

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According to Healthline, one should keep in mind the benefits of adding jackfruit to their diet or eating plan.

“Jackfruit is very good for you for many reasons. It is high in nutrients and antioxidants and has a number of health benefits, including improved blood sugar control. You can easily incorporate it into your diet by eating it plain or in various dishes. It makes an excellent meat alternative in vegetarian and vegan recipes,” it was noted.

Here are some of the reasons why you should eat jackfruit:

*Packed with nutrients – Jackfruit contains a moderate amount of calories; and 92 percent of the calories come from carbs, while the rest come from protein and a small amount of fat. It also has fiber, protein, magnesium, and potassium among others.

*Blood sugar control – According to a study, adults who consumed jackfruit extract have significantly improved blood sugar levels. In addition, a study of diabetic mice revealed that jackfruit leaf extract helped reduce fasting blood sugar levels and provided long-term blood sugar control.

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*Disease Protection – Antioxidants protect cells from oxidative stress and inflammation. Jackfruit is high in powerful antioxidants that reduce the risk of diseases. Thus, it helps reduce the risk of viral infections.

*Preventing skin problems – Jackfruit provides several nutrients and antioxidants that may improve skin health, such as Vitamin C. Eating the fruit slows down skin aging.

*Reducing risk of heart disease – Jackfruit also has the potential to reduce the risk of heart disease due to its content of potassium, fiber, and antioxidants.

*Good for digestive health – Jackfruit, particularly the seeds, is a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. The US Food and Drug Administration said soluble fiber can help lower LDL cholesterol levels and slow the absorption of carbohydrates into the bloodstream, which can help prevent spikes in blood glucose after eating. Moreover, jackfruit seeds contain prebiotics, too, which can help support the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut.

*Wound healing – According to a 2014 review, jackfruit contains substances with anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties that may also help promote wound healing.