Sweet ,delicious and highly nutritious jack fruit is having many health benefits .This popular Asian fruit is belongs to the family of moraceae .Scientific name of this fruit is Artocarpus heterophyllus . Common name of this fruit is jack fruit .In Tamil pala pazham ,in malayalam chakka  ,kathal in bengali ,panasa in telugu and katahal in hindi .It is cultivated in India 3000 to 6000 years ago .It is widely cultivated in the tropical regions of Indian subcontinent ,Malaysia ,Thailand ,Indonesia and Brazil for its fruits and bark wood .Jack fruit is a huge tree that grows to as high as 30 meters height .Jack fruit outer surface is covered with the blunt thorns like projections which becomes soft as the fruit ripe and inside it is having soft bulbs with seeds .which is yellow in color . It is having a distinct aroma .It has ripening season in Asia of late spring to late summer .Thailand and Vietnam are the major producer of jack fruit .Fresh fruit contains many nutrients ,it has good amount of vitamin B6 ( pyridoxine ) ,niacin ,riboflavin and folic acid .It is good source of potassium ,magnesium ,manganese ,iron , calcium ,vitamin  C ,vitamin A carotene -B ,xanthin ,lutein and ,cryptoxanthin -B.
- It contains high amount of calories ,simple sugars like fructose and sucrose .This provides quick boost of energy .It has no cholesterol ,It is more safe and healthy food .
- It helps to 

  •  Regulate the blood pressure  and reduce the risk of heart diseases because of its high potassium content .
  • Reduce the cholesterol because it has no cholesterol .
  • Proper functioning of thyroid gland .
  • very effective to prevent and cure anemia .
  • Improves digestion and prevents constipation because of its dietary fiber content which makes bulk laxative .
  • Protects eyes from cataract and macular degeneration 
  • Beneficial for asthma patients .
  • strengthen the bones .
  •  keep skin moisture levels and protect skin diseases .
  • protect from cancer because it contains antioxidants and flavonoids .
  •  boost our immune system ,
Canned jack fruit is sometimes referred to as vegetable meat .It is available in the market in the form of  fresh fruit ,canned fruit or frozen ,already prepared and cut ,dried chips ,,flour ,noodles ,papad and  ice creams .

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