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What is jackfruit and can it replace meat?

7th Sep 2019 / Health
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What is the jackfruit?

Jackfruit is all rage now and is being billed as the hottest new meat substitute in town… the new tofu. But don’t worry if you’re late to the jackfruit game, here’s everything you need to know.

The jackfruit is native to Jamaica, India, South America and Southeast Asia but is popping up as a meat substitute in many vegan and vegetarian dishes. Its versatility means it works great in everything from sandwiches to desserts.

Benefits of the jackfruit

As well as being delicious and versatile, it’s also super nutritional. It’s high in vitamin C and antioxidants which makes it a tasty way to boost your immune system. The Jackfruit is also high in dietary fibre and has no saturated fats or cholesterol.

For more on the health benefits of the jackfruit, there is a fantastic article from Brianna Elliott over at Healthline https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/jackfruit-benefits

It’s also great for the environment. They’re incredibly easy to grow and produce a huge number of fruits per year, making them a popular way for third world countries to combat food shortages.

Add jackfruit to your next meal plan

If you’re looking to try jackfruit, we’ve added slow and low pulled jackfruit with homemade vegan BBQ sauce, rice and veg to our vegan meal plan. If you have other suggestions of dishes you’d like us to create with jackfruit, please drop us an email.

Nutritional information

Balance Meals BBQ pulled jackfruit, rice and homemade BBQ sauce.

Typical Values per portion
Energy 304 kcal
Fat 1.43 g
Saturate Fat 0.25 g
Carbohydrates 54 g
Sugars 10.08 g
Protein 5.92 g
Salt 1.17 g

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