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Getting to Know Jackfruit

Jackfruit is a tropical fruit with a completely unique shape and size. It is delicious with a sweet flavour and strong smell that can be recognised even from a distance. Its outer surface, similar to the durian, is covered with blunt thorn-like projections which soften as the fruit ripens.

There are several Asian cuisines which use jackfruit widely. It is one of many popular Thai fruits, used in making shakes and traditional drinks during summer, and even in salads that keep you energised in winter. In many cultures, jackfruit is used as a staple food as well. Sometimes, it is cooked with coconut milk and served as a snack. In the streets of Malaysia, jackfruit is deep fried or sold fresh.

Getting to Know Jackfruit

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Rich in energy, dietary fibre, minerals, and vitamins, and free from saturated fats or cholesterol, it is one of the healthiest fruits found in Asia.

Here are some of the best known health benefit claims for jackfruit.

Energy

The fruit contains easily digestible flesh with simple sugars like fructose and sucrose that when eaten replenishes energy and revitalises the body.

Dietary Fibre

Jackfruit is rich in dietary fiber, which makes it a good laxative.

Vitamins for Skin

Fresh fruit has small amounts of vitamin-A, which acts as an antioxidant and improves vision functions. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining integrity of skin.

Minerals for a Healthy Heart

Fresh fruit is a good source of potassium, magnesium, manganese, and iron. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.

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