Jackfruit: Nutrition Facts, Health Benefits, Raw Katahal Recipes

Jackfruit is one of the most versatile fruits in the world. Native to India and Southeast Asia, jackfruit is an ancient fruit with a rich history and a wide variety of uses. From traditional Indian cuisine to modern vegan dishes, jackfruit is becoming a popular ingredient in many cultures. In this post, we’ll discuss the history of jackfruit, its nutritional benefits, and some delicious ways to incorporate it into your cooking. We’ll also explore how jackfruit can be used instead of meat in vegan dishes, and how it’s becoming an increasingly popular ingredient in many parts of the world. So get ready to explore the incredible world of jackfruit!

Jackfruit Nutrition Facts and Calories Chart

Jackfruit is an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium, and iron. It is also a good source of dietary fiber and antioxidants. In addition, jackfruit contains a range of beneficial phytonutrients, including carotenoids, lignans, isoflavones, and phenolic compounds. All of these nutrients help to protect the body from oxidative damage, support a healthy immune system, and promote overall health and well-being. Nutritional value per 100 g jackfruit:

  • Biotin: 0.03 μg
  • Calcium: 24 mg
  • Carbohydrates (Carbs): 23.2 g
  • Chloride: 62 mg
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Choline: 8.3 mg
  • Chromium: 0.1 μg
  • Copper: 0.2 mg
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.6 g
  • Energy (Calories): 95 kcal
  • Fat: 0.4 g
  • Iodine: 0.6 μg
  • Iron: 0.5 mg
  • Magnesium: 58 mg
  • Manganese: 0.2 mg
  • Molybdenum: 0.3 μg
  • Pantothenic Acid: 0.5 mg
  • Phosphorus: 27 mg
  • Potassium: 358 mg
  • Protein: 1.4 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.1 g
  • Selenium: 0.5 μg
  • Sodium: 5 mg
  • Sugars: 18.6 g
  • Vitamin A: 152 IU
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 0.7 mg
  • Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid): 0.5 mg
  • Vitamin B6: 0.2 mg
  • Vitamin B9 (Folate / Folic Acid): 39 μg
  • Vitamin B12: 0 μg
  • Vitamin C: 5.3 mg
  • Vitamin D: 0 IU
  • Vitamin E: 0.3 mg
  • Vitamin K: 4.7 μg
  • Water: 74 g
  • Zinc: 0.2 mg

Jackfruit in India

It is also known as vegetable meat and is a fleshy fiber fruit. A common fruit in southwestern region of the country apart from the neighboring countries like Shri Lanka and Bangladesh. It is a tropical fruit which is so big in size that it can feed a large family. Fruit has ugly, knotted and thorny skin, sticky resin underneath inside. It contains many small eatable fruit tied together by rope like fibers making it tough task to cut and eat. A fruit can weigh of up to 20-50 kg.

  • Scientific Binomial: Artocarpus heterophyllus / Artocarpus integrifolia
  • Common English: Jack fruit / Jacktree
  • Ayurvedic: Panasa / Kantakiphala / Ativrihatphala / Aamaashayaphala
  • Unani: Katahal / Phanasa
  • Sanskrit: Panasam
  • Hindi / Urdu: Katahal / Kathal
  • Bengali: Kathal / Kanthal
  • Marathi: Fanas / Phanas
  • Telugu: Panas
  • Tamil: Palaa / Murasabalam
  • Gujarati
  • Kannada: Halasina hannu
  • Malayalam: Chakka
  • Oriya
  • Punjabi / Sindhi
  • Assamese
  • Kashmiri
  • Konkani
  • Manipuri
  • Dogri
  • Bhojpuri

Home Remedies

A jack fruit tree is multipurpose species, it provides food, fuel, timber, and medicinal extracts. All parts of tree are said to have medicinal properties. A ripened jack fruit is soft yellowish edible bulbs and have delicious sweet taste. The fruit flavor is similar to that of tart banana. It is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, thiamin, potassium, calcium, riboflavin, iron, niacin, and zinc.

  • A root extract is helpful to treat skin diseases, asthma and diarrhea. A tea made with dried powdered leaves is taken to relieve asthma.
  • Iron rich jack fruit is good to treat anemia and improves blood circulation in the body.
  • Jackfruit is good for young kids to assure healthy bones as it supports healthy bones. Magnesium rich jack fruit strengthen the bones and prevents the body from bone related disorders like osteoporosis.
  • Recent research shows that jack-fruit has anti-cancer and anti-aging properties. It removes cancer causing free radicals from the body and slows down degeneration of cells to prevent body from degenerative diseases.
  • High fiber makes it laxative food to prevent constipation and regulates bowel movement.
  • An extract from leaves and latex treats asthma, prevent ringworm infestation, and heals cracking of the feet.
  • This fruit has low calories and hence good for heart patients. Vitamin A and vitamin C comes with anti-oxidant nutrient properties that helps to strengthen immune system and protects it from bacterial and viral infections.
  • It is believed that a jackfruit tree in a backyard extends human life by 10 years. During the short season it works like a brush to your intestinal walls.
  • An infusion of the mature leaves and bark is used to treat diabetes and gall stones.
  • Potassium from jackfruit helps to control the blood pressure and hence reduces chances of heart diseases.
  • Jackfruit is good to maintain a healthy thyroid. The micro minerals and copper is found effective in thyroid metabolism. It is specially good for hormone production and absorption.
  • Jackfruit nuts are the seeds or pods that are enclosed in the sweet yellow flesh. Seeds can be boiled, roasted, fried or dried and ground into flour. These seeds have many health benefits like anti-ulcer, anticancer, antihypertensive, anti-aging and anti-oxidant properties. Seeds are good food for hair growth and prevent hair loss. Also prevents dry and brittle hair.

Side Effects and Precautions

Unripe jackfruit is considered harmful to pregnant women in Indian traditional medicine. Eating betel leaf after eating jack fruit is said to be worse combination. It makes stomach bloating so much that it could lead in the death. But in such situations eating sour ber (Ziziphus mauritiana) other any other sour food makes situation easy.

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