This is the largest fruit in the world that grows on a tree, with specimens that weight even up to 100 pounds. The fruit is covered in hard and thick green skin with pale colored flesh inside, and because of its texture, the versatility and nutrient content, it’s very popular among the vegans. Jackfruit is also the national fruit of Bangladesh.
This atypical fruit is abundant in nutrients such as magnesium, fiber, potassium, calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C and protein. A cup of jackfruit is going to provide you with 25% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B6. That is amazing for vegans as the vegan diet doesn’t offer this vitamin a lot.
Colorectal cancer is a difficult disease and it is very hard to treat, and according to the National Cancer Institute it affects over 1.17 million people in the America every year. Luckily, jackfruit is able to successfully treat this type of cancer and strengthen a person’s organism.
Colon cancer prevention
Jackfruit is full with isoflavones, and lignans, phytonutrients, saponins and they all have powerful anti-cancer properties. These nutrients are able to fight free radicals in the body and they have the ability to prevent cancer and several other diseases.
Lignans and isoflavones
These are both phytonutrients which bind to receptors in the same way that estrogens do, and according to several studies, they significantly reduce the risk of endometrial cancer. There was a study from 2006 which included 500 women and it showed that jackfruit can considerably reduce the risk of several types of cancer thanks to the presence of these phytonutrients.
Phytonutrients are able to prevent the developmental stage of cancer cells and they may only be found in plant-based foods. Jackfruit contains enough of these phytonutrients to help your body fight conditions like the stomach ulcers. At the moment, there is an ongoing research to see what makes these compounds that powerful against cancer.
Saponins are very powerful anti-cancer agents and they are especially useful in fighting colon cancer. According to one study, saponins induce mycotic arrest in leukemia cells, and that leads to remission in certain cases. These phytonutrients bind to the outer layer of the cancer cells and they prevent their growth.
Protection of cellular DNA
The antioxidants in the fruit are going to prevent the action of free radicals and protect the body from oxidative damage. This amazing fruit is also rich in fiber which is able to clean the colon, remove toxins from digestive tract and reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Strengthens the immune system
Also, Jackfruit is abundant in vitamin C and simple sugars that are going to reinforce your immune system. According to one animal study, the polysaccharides in jackfruit are able to improve phagocytic cell function and the immune system function.
The following are the main reasons why you should add jackfruit to your regular diet:
Only one cup of this fruit contains 155 calories and just 4 grams of fat. Jackfruit is low on saturated fats, sodium and cholesterol.
Jackfruit is full in vitamin A and, also in niacin, riboflavin, folate and thiamine. Aside from the vitamin content, jackfruit is also rich in essential minerals.
The simple sugars that are present in jackfruit can improve your general health. One cup of jackfruit contains 11% of the daily recommended allowance of fiber that will improve the digestive system.