How to Eat Jackfruit

Many complain of severe stomach pain or stomach ache, bloating and flatulence after eating jackfruit. According to principles of ayurveda jackfruit is heavy to digest and stays in stomach for a long time due to its sticky nature. This causes digestion problems. How to eat jack fruit without inviting tummy troubles ? Ayurveda acharyas suggest many easy ways to solve this problem.  Here is a guide to eat jack fruit without experiencing stomach ache or pain 

(कटहल के स्वास्थ्य लाभ – कैसा सेवन करे -Jackfruit and How to Eat it in hindi )

Jackfruit in Ayurveda

Jackfruit is a very popular fruit in tropical regions. According to principles of Ayurveda it is sweet in taste and heavy to digest . Unripe jackfruit or green jackfruit has sweet and astringent taste.

Nutrition Details of Jackfruit

Jack fruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus), Nutritive Value per 100 g. (Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)
Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA
Energy 95 Kcal 5%
Carbohydrates 23.5 g 18%
Protein 1.72 g 3%
Total Fat 0.64 g 3%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 1.5 g 4%
Vitamins
Folates 24 µg 6%
Niacin 0.920 mg 6%
Pyridoxine 0.329 mg 25%
Riboflavin 0.055 mg 4%
Thiamin 0.105 mg 9%
Vitamin A 110 IU 3.5%
Vitamin C 13.7 mg 23%
Vitamin E 0.34 mg 2%
Electrolytes
Sodium 3 mg 0%
Potassium 303 mg 6.5%
Minerals
Calcium 34 mg 3.4%
Iron 0.60 mg 7.5%
Magnesium 37 mg 9%
Manganese 0.197 mg 8.5%
Phosphorus 36 mg 5%
Phosphorus 21 mg 3%
Selenium 0.6 mg 1%
Zinc 0.42 mg 4%
Phyto-nutrients
Carotene-ß 61 µg
Crypto-xanthin-ß 5 µg
Lutein-zeaxanthin 157 µg

Jackfruit Season

Summer is the season of jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus). This fruit has flooded the market with its intoxicating fragrance and color. We witness people crowded in front of jackfruit stalls to purchase the best one. People love to enjoy the taste of this fruit, although it is a herculean task to cut open this fruit to reach for bright yellow fleshes which are hidden between sticky fibers.

Ayurveda Health Benefits of Jackfruit

Jackfruits have immense health benefits. The benefits are delivered to our body when it is well digested. It helps to gain weight and strengthen the body. This fruit is rich in antioxidants and prevents ageing. It boosts immunity, helps to reduce blood pressure, prevents cancer and maintains the health of eyes. Indian and Chinese medicines recommend administering this to persons who suffer from erectile dysfunction. Ayurveda acharyas also eulogise this fruit as shukrala or shukra dhatu booster as it helps to improves sperm count and motility.

Ayurveda Properties of Jackfruit

Jackfruit increases strength of body and body weight. It also helps in erectile dysfunction and to increase sperm count. As it is heavy to digest, eating jack fruit may cause indigestion, bloating, make you feel gassy (formation of gas), diarrhoea or constipation. This article explains how to eat jack fruit in a healthy way without troubling our digestion and digestive system.

When to Eat Jackfruit ?

The best time to eat jack fruit is when you are hungry and preferably before starting your meal. This aids in proper digestion of the fruit.This is because the digestive enzymes or agni are more powerful when you are hungry.

If you consume this after a meal it may hinder the digestion of both food and fruit as digestive agni is less intense after a meal. Do not consume jack fruit at night. It will trouble your sleep and can cause indigestion. Drinking iced water or refrigerated drinks, after eating this fruit is a strict NO. 

What you should not eat with jackfruit ?

Avoid consuming oily foods, heavy meaty meals, pulses and protein laid foods when you decide to consume jack fruit. This causes indigestion and symptoms of indigestion like gassy stomach, flatulance , belching etc may surface . 

What you should eat with jackfruit ?

Jackfruit and honey is a heavenly combination. Honey is praised as best thinning agent and a quick carrier of beneficial bio molecules. Hence adding honey to jack fruit makes it easy for the stomach to digest Jackfruit. Always use pure honey.

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What you have to eat after consuming jackfruit ?

Prefer mildly spiced, light and warm meal after eating jackfruit. Add spices like cumin seeds (jeera), pepper and turmeric to your recipe. These spices increase agni or digestive power and help in trouble-free digestion of this fruit.

Drink warm water throughout day to aid good digestion of this fruit and prevent uneasiness. Warm water keeps the digestion optimum and also relieves bloating, stomach pain and other disturbances.

Is too much jackfruit bad for health ?

Never over eat this fruit. This leads to more harm than good. Over eating of jackfruit may cause stomach ache, constipation ( Read Can Constipation cause erectile dysfunction)  or diarrhoea.

How to select good jackfruit ?

Always purchase hygienically cut fruits. Never purchase fruits which are open to dust and exposed to microbes. Buy the whole fruit and skin it to get clean and tasty fleshes.

Who should not eat jackfruit ?

Pregnant women, persons with ascites, IBS and other problems of digestive system are strictly barred from eating this fruit.  In pregnancy it may cause increased motility and contraction of intestines which in turn may initiate contraction of the womb. Hence jackfruit has to be avoided during pregnancy. Even raw jack fruit curry is not advised in pregnancy. 

Jackfruit Indian Recipes

Here is a jackfruit Indian recipe from PAN to PLATE which is easy to prepare and cooked well with spices . The spices can be reduced according to taste. Spices increase the agni or digestive fire and helps to digest the jackfruit easily.

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