4 Surprising Health Benefits of Jackfruit (Plus What to Do With It)

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4 Surprising Health Benefits of Jackfruit (Plus What to Do With It)

You're likely familiar with tropical fruits like banana, guava, mango, and pineapple, but what about jackfruit? Harvested for its edible pulp and seeds, jackfruit is native to India and southern Asia and is famous for its large size. A jackfruit is typically between 35-70 pounds but the heaviest jackfruit ever recorded clocked in at 94 pounds and 2.9 ounces in June 2016, according to Guinness World Records. Aside from its significant weight, find out why registered dietitian Vandana Sheth recommends this mild and versatile fruit for your summer menu.

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Full of Fiber

Like many fruits, jackfruit is a good source of fiber, offering between 10-20% of the daily recommended amount per day. A cup of sliced jackfruit contains about two and a half grams of fiber, comparable to the amount of fiber in a large yellow peach.

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