ackfruit, the largest tree-borne fruit, is known by many names across the country and world, and is used in cooking in an even more varied style. While some tropical countries use ripened jackfruit to make custards and cakes, in southern India, it is extensively used with rice to make idlis and dosas. The powdered form of the fruit has binding capabilities, and is thus, added to the idli or dosa batter to make a healthy high-fibre breakfast. In the northern part of the country, jackfruit or ‘kathal’ is used as an occasional gourmet vegetable, commonly referred to as the vegan’s chicken. The leaves and even the seeds of this fruit are edible and are used in different ways by culinary maestros. The seeds of the fruit are considered protein-rich and are served roasted in Kerala, which is the largest producer of jackfruit in the world. Jackfruit truly is the ‘jack of all tastes.’
While a lot of people might know or have heard about this versatile fruit, very few people know about its health benefits, especially about the health benefits for diabetics. Unlike ripe jackfruit, raw jackfruit that has a lower glycemic load can help you balance your blood sugar levels.
Raw jackfruit, due to its low acidity level, is one the fruits that can be consumed as a replacement to your regular intake of carbohydrates. So, if you substitute a bowl of cooked white rice with raw jackfruit, its high soluble fibre content helps you keep your sugar levels in control or even lower the risk of developing the condition.
The presence of natural sugars and fibre in the fruit may actually help control blood sugar levels in diabetics or lowers the risk of having diabetes. It prevents and manages diabetic symptoms by regulating the release of glucose and insulin in the body and improving insulin sensitivity. Moreover, the powdered jackfruit seeds are known to give instant relief from indigestion. Sun dry the seeds first and then grind them to a powder. Store this powder for a quick, homemade remedy for indigestion. You can also consume jackfruit seeds directly for constipation as it is a rich source of dietary fibre. All of these conditions, if not treated in time, may result in diabetes.