Meet Jackfruit: A Fruit That Might Save the World

Jackfruit is known as the jack of all fruits. It is a rich source of vitamin, minerals, phytonutrients, carbohydrate, electrolytes, fiber, fat and protein. This fruit also contains calorie but no cholesterol or saturated fats.

Jackfruits are covered in a bumpy, hard green skin, with a pale-colored flesh on the inside. Under the right conditions, jackfruit grows easily. It survives pests, diseases, and high temperatures. It is drought-resistant. Once the tree is mature, it doesn't need much care. Jackfruit grows widely in the tropical parts of the world. In South East Asia it is also used for making recipes. The fruit is deliciously sweet in taste and smell as delicious.

But did you know that this fruit is one of the most powerful natural cancer killers? According to the National Cancer Institute, over 1.17 million people had colorectal cancer in the United States in 2013. A complicated type of cancer, it is difficult to treat and can develop many other types of complications. This form of cancer affects the large intestine and is hard to detect until it’s too far gone to cure. Nearly half of all patients diagnosed with the disease will die from it.

Thankfully, there is a natural way to improve colon cancer with the help of one fruit named jackfruit. Loaded with isoflavones, lignans, saponins, and phytonutrients, this fruit provides anti-cancer benefits. They are able to prevent the free radicals which are harmful and develop cancer and many other chronic diseases.

Jackfruit and Nutrition

There are many more reasons why you should eat more jackfruit:


  1. 1 cup of jackfruit has 155 calories with only 4 calories from fat.
  2. It has very low amount of saturated fats, cholesterol, and sodium.
  3. Packed with vitamin C, vitamin A, niacin, folate, thiamine, and riboflavin.
  4. Loaded with so many crucial minerals including potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, calcium, zinc, selenium, copper, and phosphorus.
  5. Contains simple sugars which are great for health.
  6. Just 1 cup of jackfruit can supply over 11% of daily fiber allowance.
  7. Jackfruit has been used in Chinese medicine for eliminating the effects of alcohol.
  8. Contains antioxidants which help in protecting the cellular DNA against direct damage from free oxygen radicals.
  9. The anti-oxidant properties and high water content of jackfruit keep skin healthy, moisturized and reduce the wrinkles and dryness retaining the youthful texture of the skin.
  10. Jackfruit and its extracts are now being explored to treat asthma and controlling its symptoms. Boiling the root of Jackfruit and consuming it is known to alleviate the symptoms of asthma.
  11. Alleviates anemia by adding iron and increasing the iron absorption with Vitamin C in the body. Other minerals in it improve the quality of blood.
  12. Maintains good bone health with high calcium content and increases its density by reducing the calcium loss owing to healthy potassium content. 

Because of its texture, versatility, and vitamin content, jackfruit has been gaining popularity as a meat replacement for vegans. It can be eaten raw. When ripe, it's been described to taste like a cross between a pineapple and mango, with hints of banana, peach or pear. You can put jackfruit in salads, pies and other desserts.


Planting jackfruit orchards in regions where the trees thrive may go a long way in fighting food insecurity. Jackfruit is ripe for saving the world.

Jackfruit Fact: This national fruit of Bangladesh is the largest fruit that grows on a tree. Some have grown up to 100 lbs.

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