Reap several health benefits by including raw jackfruit flour to your diet
Green jackfruit powder is one of the Kerala kitchen's most common ingredients. In recent years, it has caught the attention of the entire world for its incredible health benefits. According to a study by scientists in Kochi, this flour lowers diabetic patients' blood sugar levels (HbA1c). Another investigation in the Diabetes journal highlighted this flour's effect in treating Type 2 Diabetes mellitus patients by enhancing their glycemic control. Apart from its impact on regulating sugar levels, raw jackfruit flour has several other health-improving perks.
A typical Indian meal usually has a large portion of processed or refined rice and wheat. Replacing a spoon of wheat or rice flour with that of jackfruit can lower the simple carbohydrate quantity. Secondly, for weight watchers, it can reduce the calorie count. Also, for those suffering from constipation, jackfruit flour is a miracle ingredient for its rich fibre content. It aids in bowel movements.
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In various regions of India, it is also referred to as jackfruit atta. It is blended with other common flours like rice, wheat, etc., to improve the flavour, rather than consuming it directly. Because of its high nutritional value, it is often the main element in many health or protein blends. The flour is prepared using only the green jackfruit pods. In Indian cuisine, the green jackfruit pods are used for their meat-like flesh. While a few regions like Odisha and Bengal make it a rich delicacy, in the southern states, it has a different kind of preparation.
This flour form is simple to incorporate into a range of everyday dishes, including idli, roti, cheela, dosa, and upma. Witnessing its health scores, many people have started using it for baking cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, muffins, bread, and even preparing delicious pancakes.
Let’s explore the power of this flour
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A storehouse of nutrients
The raw jackfruit flour is loaded with potassium which lowers high blood pressure. A significant amount of flavonoids and antioxidants are stored in it. These properties wards off cancer. Compared to wheat and rice, this food has substantially higher levels of soluble fibre and far lower carbohydrate levels and calories.
Helps in better iron absorption
The body's ability to absorb iron can be impacted by various reasons. Including the right kind of food in the diet can amp it up naturally. Nutritionists swear by jackfruit flour for its ability to prevent and treat anaemia. It works as a superfood boosting the body's capacity to absorb iron.
Kneading jackfruit flour with whole wheat flour
Controlling blood sugar
James Joseph is a long-time brand ambassador of jackfruit and the founder of Jackfruit365. His recent research called: A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to assess the glucose-lowering impact of jackfruit flour in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients, got some surprising results. This flour meal boosts the defence against diabetes by lowering blood sugar.
Ever since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the world has realised the importance of a resilient immune system. For someone with compromised immunity, raw jackfruit flour is a miracle ingredient. It is abundant in Vitamin C, which is an immunity booster. Meanwhile, many cancer-curing properties are also present in jackfruit.
So are you ready to add this superfood into your kitchen?