Hello Friends! This time to keep your body healthy, I have found something new and refreshing fruit called “Breadfruit”
In this article, we are going to discuss the Breadfruit nutrition and its major health benefits.
We will also try to understand that how important it is to consume this fruit? and why to incorporate it in your regular diet?
What Breadfruit is? And How Does it Look Like?
Breadfruit is large evergreen fruity tree mostly found in tropical rainforests of Indonesia, Philippines, Sri-Lanka and southern India.
This Plant is closely related to fruit such as Jackfruit, Mulberries & Breadnut. You may have seen breadfruit tree has many similarities to jackfruit except that in this the fruit appears on the stem but in case of jackfruit, they erupt directly from the trunk.
Botanically, this fruit belongs to the family of MORACEAE & is related to mulberry and jackfruit; of the genus ARTOCARPUS with binomial name ARTOCARUS ALTILIS.
An adult tree of breadfruit can produce up to hundreds of fruits, it may available in different color shape and size. These fruits are generally round or globular shaped and can weigh around 1 to 5kg (maximum)
If I say about its appearance, its outer surface is nothing but a layer of spikes just like that in jackfruit & interior you will find off-white or cream color aril and may have smooth, brown color seeds sandwiched and maybe scatter there in between soft tissue. These seeds are edible, have nutty texture and flavor.
Breadfruit Nutrition Value (Per 100g serving)
Calorie, Carbohydrate & Fat
Breadfruit has 102 calorie with 100g of fresh fruit which is a higher amount. Carbohydrate provided by this is 27.2g. Fat is negligible i.e. 1% of daily value.
Its pulp has more dietary fiber which will reduce blood cholesterol by absorbing it in the gut.
It possesses vitamin C= 29 mg or 48% of daily value greater than jackfruit and banana. Fruits rich in vitamin C should be consumed because it provides resistance to infectious agents and free radical.
It is also rich in some of the vital B-complex groups of vitamins. The fruit is a moderate source of vitamins especially thiamin, pyridoxine, and niacin.
It contains a good amount of Potassium. It is a very good source of protein which is 490 mg i.e. 10.5%. Potassium is an important component that regulates heart rate and blood pressure.
Its pulp is good in copper, iron, Magnesium, and phosphorus. 100 g seeds provide 7.4 g or 13 % of daily recommended values. They are a rich source of minerals like potassium, iron, calcium, zinc, manganese etc.
Major Health Benefits of Breadfruit Give Reason to Add it in your Diet
Helpful in Storing Nutrients
One study suggested that breadfruit not only provide dietary fiber and carb in good scale but also it is a rich source of amino acid and are especially rich in phenylalanine, leucine, isoleucine, and Valine.
Nowadays because of the modern obstructions to maintaining proper nutrients, it’s important to supplement it in your diet.
Prevent and Reverse the Oxidative Stress
Up till now, we have seen many nutrients which help in the prevention and reduction of disease, antioxidants are one of them. This prevents and reverses the oxidative stress (the damage that free radicals cause to human body functions). The free radicals can enter your body through numerous sources – a chemical found in your environment, sun overexposure and various other sources. But when you eat food full of antioxidants, this will slow the age-related breakdown of your cell and also reduce a risk of cancer & heart diseases.
Enhances the Body’s Immunity
Breadfruit can also boost the immunity of your body system. The presence of anti-inflammatory property in breadfruit is especially important in reducing the risk of disease.
These a typical end result additionally contain a reasonably big amount of thiamine i.e. nutrition B1. Thiamine is part of what maintains muscle tone along the walls of the digestive tract, wherein the majority of the immune system is placed. It additionally assists in the secretion of hydrochloric acid, supporting your body fully digest meals and take in the very best amount of nutrients feasible. Together, those features make thiamine a precious nutrient in keeping a healthy immune system.
Help to Protect Against Cancer
From one study it is found that the compounds of breadfruit exhibit cytotoxic properties against pancreatic cancer cells, it also inhibits the growth of prostate tumors and induced apoptosis in prostate cancer cells.
Breadfruit is a good fruit that may help you to get rid of some of your health-related problems so you should incorporate it into your diet. Just make sure never refrigerate this fruit.