Jackfruit grows from the jack tree and is the biggest tree fruit on earth reaching as much as 50kg in weight,90cm in lenght and about 50cm in diameter.
As food, jackfruit is naturally sweet with subtle banana-like flavouring. It is very nutritious and contains moderate amount of calories. Jackfruit is a good source of folate, thiamine, niacin,riboflavin and even vitamin A & C. It also contains some minerals like magnesium, potassium, iron and calcium.
Here are some amazing benefits of jackfruit in pregnancy you will love to know.
1. Helps stimulate digestion
The fibre present in this nutritious fruit plays a vital role in digestion stimulation and helps prevent constipation which is often common during pregnancy.
2. Contains natural sugar
According to Firstcry Parenting, It contains natural sugar ( fructose & galactose) and this makes it a great choice for women with gestational diabetics.
3. Helps reduce blood pressure
The potassium present in this nutritious fruit helps in reducing blood pressure and therefore reduces the risk of cardiac diseases as well.
4. Helps in prevention of Anemia
It contains folate and iron in excellent levels which helps in normalization of haemoglobin levels and prevention of anemia.
5. Helps in development of fetal eyesight
It also contains vitamin A which plays a vital role on development of fetal eyesight and cells.
6. Helps in promotion of bone health
The magnesium content found in this fruit helps in promotion of bone health in both mother and fetus.
7. Helps boost immune system
Consumption of jackfruit rich in vitamin c can also help pregnant women boost their immune system.
However, excess consumption of jackfruit may be bad but there are no serious risks of eating jackfruit in pregnancy which makes it safe.
Possible side effects of jackfruit consumption during pregnancy includes:
1. Sugar level fluctuation
Jackfruit consumption can sometimes fluctuate a womans sugar level and therefore diabetic women should avoid it.
2. Blood coagulation
Jackfruit is known to accelerate blood coagulation therefore pregnant women with a history of blood disorder must avoid it.
3. Stomach upset
Can cause indigestion and diarrhea when overconsumed.
4. May cause allergies
If you have not eaten it for the first time, pregnancy should not be a time to experiment it because you do not know if you are allergic to it.
It is also important to note that jackfruit is not a likely cause of miscarriage unless overconsumed. This has no scientific backing.
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