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8/6/2018 2:49:51 PM

How jackfruit can be a sweet treat for your baby

Jackfruit is a popular tropical fruit that has increased in popularity in recent years. In addition to its distinctive sweet flavor and appealing scent, jackfruit is very nutritious and may have several health benefits, especially for babies.

(source: eatingwell.com)

Nutrients and chemical facts of jackfruit

In addition to its sweet, nice, taste and smellevery part of this tree is medically beneficial including the bark, leaves, roots, flowers, pulps and seeds and each of these parts has its separate qualities. The growing stages of jackfruit also differ from each other and provide different therapeutic qualities. All of these facts and more to come are the reasons why jackfruit is very healthy and should be included in everyone’s diet.

According to Life Hack, jackfruit contains a variety of nutrients and vitamins.

For instance, jackfruit is infused with a diverse set of vitamins such as vitamin C and A, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, calcium, potassium (with 303 mg found per 100 g), iron, zinc, sodium and folic acid. It is also one of the few trees rich in B-complex group vitamins as well as vitamin B6.

It addition, jackfruits contains phytonutrient properties such as anti-cancer, anti-hypertensive, anti-ulcer and anti-inflammatories.

It’s a rich source of phytonutrients and phenolics, minerals, fiber, protein, and is free of fats and bad cholesterol.

At the same time, jackfruit is antibacterial and antiviral which is a great support to the immune system.

Despite its sweetness, jackfruit is low in calories, 100 g of jackfruit only contains 94 calories.

With the aforementioned nutrient value, jackfruit is a healthy fruit, especially for children. According to the Parenting Healthy Babies, jackfruit can benefit a kid in several ways.

Boosts Energy Level

Jackfruit is a rich source of carbohydrate and calories. However, there is hardly any accompanying fat. There is a healthy amount of simple sugars like fructose and sucrose. These are easily digested by your little one’s body.

The sugar found in jackfruit belongs to the category “Slowly Available glucose” or SAG. Sugars in this category release the glucose in your kid’s body in a restrained manner. This reduces the glycemic index of jackfruit.

So your child can have an easily digestible source of energy without you having to worry about the glucose levels in his body.

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Promotes Healthy Digestion

Jackfruit is very roch in dietary fiber. When you cut open the fruit you can clearly see the soft fiber present. When consumed these fibers turn into significant amount of roughage in your baby’s bowels.

Your baby can get 1.5 grams of roughage per 100 grams serving of jackfrtuit. This is an excellent amount for the promotion of healthy bowel movement in your kid. The dietary fiber in jackfruit helps add bulk to your baby’s stools and softens them up. This allows for smoother and healthier bowel movement which further aids in healthy digestion in your baby.

Protection of Eyes

Jackfruits are rich in Vitamin A and its equivalent in the form of Beta Carotene and Lutein Zeaxanthin. Vitamin A is essential in the protection of your little one’s eyes. Vitamin A acts as an antioxidant that helps improve your kid’s vision. It also helps in protecting his or her eyes from harmful free radicals.

It is also known to help create a protective layer on the cornea and strengthening the mucuous membrane of your baby’s eyes. This helps protect your baby’s eyes from viral and bacterial infections.

The Lutein Zeaxanthin present in jackfruit helps protect your kid’s eyes from intense and harmful light waves like ultraviolet rays.

Helps Strengthen Bones

Jackfruits contain high amount of calcium. Calcium is essential for the healthy development of your baby’s bones. Calcium helps your baby have strong bones and prevents bone related diseases from happening.

Jackfruits also contain high amount of potassium This helps in decreasing the loss of calcium from your baby’s body. It also helps increase the density in your little one’s bone and strengthening it.

Prevents Anemia

Prevent your kid from anemia by including jackfruit in his or her diet. Jackfruit is rich in iron which helps fight against anemia in your baby. Vitamin C present in the fruit further helps in the absorption of iron in your baby’s body.

It is said that all iron that your baby gets from dietary sources can pass right through hir or her body without being absorbed if there is no Vitamin C in the body. Other minerals like copper and magnesium in Jackfruit improve the quality of blood.

Precautions, Side Effects and Disadvantages

In spite of having number of health benefits, it has some side effects and disadvantages to the health which are mentioned below. 

It may cause some allergic reactions to your child if he or she is sensitive to it. Jack fruits may also cause sensitivity in kids suffering from birch pollen allergies.

It is high calorie and carbohydrate rich vegetable thus should be eaten within limit.

Because of its powerful laxative nature it may cause diarhoea in your kids./.

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