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

See why you should give this vegan meat substitute a try.

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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Make Sandwiches

Young, unripe jackfruit is the best option if you want to cook the fruit. It has a similar texture to pulled pork, making it an excellent vegan substitute in sandwiches, stir fries, and tacos. Since jackfruit easily absorbs any flavor during the cooking process, you can customize your own DIY tacos with homemade BBQ sauce or spices like chili powder and paprika. If you buy canned or packaged jackfruit, just make sure to drain the fruit before cooking.

Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.


Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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