Remember when kale was all the rage? It was introduced to the world as this superfood that everyone had to try and we did. While the “kale kraze” has died down there is a new nutrient powerhouse, and it’s called jackfruit. If you don’t know, jackfruit has been popping up on menus lately as a great alternative to meat-based recipes. This exotic fruit that grows in South Asia from a jackfruit tree is nutrient-dense and tastes great too!
So what’s all the craze with jackfruit? While large in size, this fruit is beneficial due to its nutritional value. Jackfruit is a great source of antioxidants, magnesium, and vitamin B6. Additional benefits of jackfruit include digestive support, enhanced immunity, osteoporosis prevention, and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Now let’s dive a little deeper into how jackfruit is great for our well-being.
The high fiber content of jackfruit helps improve digestion by keeping the digestive tract flowing. When the body gets enough fiber it has soft and regular bowel movements and aids in maintaining a healthy weight.
Immune Support and Cancer-Fighting Properties
The vitamin A and C, and antioxidant properties may help in boosting the immune system protecting it from illness and potentially fighting cancer.
The potassium and calcium in jackfruit may help improve bone health and assist in the prevention of osteoporosis.
Where to Buy Jackfruit
While jackfruit comes frozen and canned, it is best to get it fresh so you can enjoy the full benefits of the nutrients and flavors the fruit provides. Locally, you can usually find fresh jackfruit at most international Asian markets. Canned jackfruit can be found at your local Trader Joe’s.
If for any reason you have no luck finding jackfruit locally, you can always order from a company that offers exotic fruit subscription boxes like VGNAF, a black-owned exotic fruit subscription-based company that offers a variety of exotic fruits started by Rachel and Robin Veronica (known as the Veronica twins).
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