Bread Fruit, is not actually a fruit but a vegetable that is consumed regularly around the world especially in the Caribbean. Breadfruit got its name because it looks like bread on the inside when it is cooked, a species of the mulberry family, breadfruit is said to be native to a number of places including New Guinea and was popularly grown in Jamaica during the 17th century to provide food for slaves in times of famine.
Breadfruit is known for numerous health benefits and research has backed these claims, breadfruit can be cooked, fried, roasted or baked, one of the many dishes that is prepared with this lovely vegetable is bread fruit with oak mixed with shellfish. A vegetable rich in starch, breadfruit can be found in varieties, yellow flesh or white flesh, the yellow flesh type is said to be creamier and sweeter when boiled.
Health Benefits Of Eating Bread Fruit:-
Breadfruit is an excellent source of fibre, iron, carbohydrates, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, pyridoxine, thiamin, niacin, phosphorus, riboflavin, potassium, copper, powerful anti-oxidants, magnesium, zinc, calcium, selenium and is low in calories. This wonderful vegetable is not known for any side effects and as such can be consumed regularly.
Enriched with fibre, breadfruit is an excellent vegetable to aid in weight loss, so people who are suffering from obesity should eat it to lose weight effectively, it prevents diabetes, strengthens the immune system and thus boost the body’s energy levels, it also prevents constipation. Breadfruit contains omega-6 fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids which are both excellent sources for a healthy skin, it is also beneficial for the hair as it stimulates hair growth and strengthens the roots.
Regular intake of this nutritious vegetable can prevent dandruff and thinning of the hair, studies conducted recently have proven that it prevents infections of the skin and it also helps brain function especially in children, it helps their development drastically, so start giving your child breadfruit as a part of their meal, you may never know what could result from it.
Breadfruit can also reduce bad cholesterol and induce the good, breadfruit trees are popularly grown in the Caribbean, especially in Jamaica, a round fruit with rough green skin, so tasty, nutritious and delicious!