Is eating jackfruit good for health?

June 20, 2024 | 06:23 pm PT
Many believe that consuming jackfruit can lead to indigestion and poisoning. Is there any truth to this? (Hong, 32, HCMC)


Jackfruit, a staple in tropical regions, is loaded with nutrients that are beneficial for health. It boasts a high content of vitamin C and a range of B vitamins such as B6, niacin, riboflavin, and folic acid. The seeds of the jackfruit are also rich in protein, potassium, calcium, and iron.

Despite its nutritional benefits, jackfruit contains significant amounts of fructose and glucose. These sugars are quickly absorbed by the body, which can complicate blood sugar control.

Jackfruit carpels. Illustration photo by Unsplash

Jackfruit carpels. Illustration photo by Unsplash

There is no evidence from studies or reported cases to suggest that jackfruit causes poisoning. However, combining jackfruit with potatoes or milk could lead to a high sugar intake. This mix might cause indigestion, spikes in blood sugar levels, and even acne. Regular consumption of this combination could also lead to excessive calorie intake, potentially resulting in overweight and obesity.

It is advisable to limit jackfruit intake to about 100 to 150 grams per serving, equivalent to five to six carpels. It’s also important to reduce carbohydrate intake from other sources such as starches, fruits, or sugars when consuming jackfruit, to manage blood sugar levels and avoid excessive calorie intake.

Dr. Dinh Tran Ngoc Mai

Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy Hospital

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