Breadfruit is one of the rare fruits which are consumed as a vegetable rather than as a fruit. This originates from a flowering tree called ‘Artocarpus Altillis’. Breadfruit is grown all throughout the tropics and this fruit belongs to the mulberry family, therefore it is often considered a type of mulberry. Birthplace of this nutritionally rich vegetable is Western Pacific Islands and Malay Peninsula.
Texture and smell of breadfruit when cooked, is suggestive of bread, hence the fruit’s common name. The scientific or Latin name of breadfruit is derived from Greek (artos = bread, karpos = fruit), and altilis means ‘fat’. Seeded breadfruit and seedless breadfruit are the two most popular and common varieties of breadfruit that is grown throughout the world. It can be cooked and eaten at all stages of development. It is typically consumed when mature, but still firm, and is a delicious substitute for any starchy root crop, vegetable, pasta, potato, or rice.
Breadfruit is green from outside and yellow from the inside. This soft vegetable makes a palatable dish when cooked properly. Due to its high nutrition value, one can have breadfruit regularly without the chance of any side effect. It is also known as ‘Bakri Chajhar’ in Hindi, ‘Seema Panasa’ in Telugu, ‘Nirphanas’ in Marathi, ‘Irppla’ in Tamil, ‘Kada Chakka’ in Malayalam, ‘Gujjekai’ in Kannada, and ‘Nirphanas’ in Marathi. Breadfruit has many health benefits, and these benefits are evident on skin and the hair.
Apart from their pleasant aromatic smell and fairly sweet taste, breadfruit is a good source of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Consuming 220 gram of breadfruits offers 63.8 mg of Vitamin C, 59.66 g of Carbohydrate, 10.8 g of Total dietary Fiber, 1078 mg of Potassium, 0.185 mg of Copper, 0.242 mg of Vitamin B1 and 1.005 mg of Vitamin B5. Moreover many Amino acids 0.114 g of Threonine, 0.141 g of Isoleucine, 0.143 g of Leucine, 0.081 g of Lysine, 0.022 g of Methionine, 0.02 g and Cystine are also found in 149 gram of loquats.
1. Breadfruit is rich in fiber. The fiber content of the vegetable provides a person relief suffering from diabetes. Researches made on this vegetable have established that regular intake of breadfruit can reduce the risk of diabetes and keeps the same under control. It does so by reducing the absorption of sugar by human body from the food.
2. For being rich in fiber, breadfruit is also an excellent energy booster. It gives the fullness of eating without increasing the calorie intake. Therefore, a person feels energetic and active far after eating breadfruit. Breadfruit is an excellent source of potassium. This vegetable is also good at reducing the risk of heart disorder and cholesterol problems. Studies have shown that breadfruit helps to reduce the bad cholesterol while inducing the amount of good cholesterol in the body.
3. Breadfruit is a rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Besides being beneficial for skin and hair, these two essential fatty acids are quite good for maintaining a healthy heart. Omega-3 fatty acid is also essential for the growth of brain and mind. Experts have commented that regular intake of breadfruit can help a growing child in the development of brain to great extent. This heart-friendly nutrient helps to reduce blood pressure in the body and controls the heart rate by reducing the effects of sodium. It conducts electrical charges that drive muscular contraction in the skeletal system including the heart.
4. Regular intake of breadfruit is beneficial for proper bowel movement and intestine functionalisms. Fiber in breadfruit flushes out the toxins from the intestine, helping in proper functioning of the bowel and intestines. It avoids digestion-related illnesses like heartburn, acidity, ulcer and gastritis, removing toxic compounds from the gut. Apart from that breadfruit protects the colon’s mucous membrane by warding off cancer-causing chemicals from the colon.
5. Breadfruit is considered an ideal diet food as well. For people suffering from overweight, breadfruit is the best option. This great to taste food is good for an overweight person, as it contains less calories and high fiber amounts. The fiber in breadfruit is truly a multi-tusker, as it helps to fight with the body fats and cellulites.
6. Apart from the various health benefits that breadfruit provides to all, it has some skin benefits as well. The vegetable is stuffed with a lot of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are both considered excellent for the skin. In addition, it is also a rich source of vitamin C, which is considered excellent for skin health.
7. Regular consumption of this food makes skin healthy from both outside and inside. Recent studies have established that antioxidants present in breadfruit are good for preventing skin infections and rashes. It is good to eat breadfruit for enhancing skin tone as well. A person would surely enjoy smooth and shining skin by eating breadfruit in the adequate amount. Vitamin C content present in breadfruit helps to promotes collagen production that provides elasticity to skin. Breadfruit inhibits the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes and avoids overproduction of nitric oxides, therefore preventing skin inflammation.
8. Breadfruit is an excellent source of all vitamins and minerals. For being so, it makes a healthy choice for the hair health too. Again, the omega- and 6 fatty acids prove to wonder for the hair follicles. The fatty acids present in breadfruit help to regulate the sebum production in the scalp, decreasing dandruff and itchiness.
9. Regular intake of breadfruit strengthens hair roots and stimulates hair growth. It also prevents scalp inflammation and cell death, preventing hair loss. The vegetable is a very good option for one who looks for healthy and thick hair. Breadfruit prevents hair disorders such as dandruff effectively. Concisely, it is an excellent natural treatment for hair thinning.
10. Breadfruit has been known to help an individual sleep with its high content of magnesium, which is a mineral that is directly associated with improving the quality, duration, and tranquility of sleep. Breadfruit also helps regulate the metabolism, in order to help reduce sleep disorders and the occurrence of insomnia.