belongs to the Mulberry family, Moraceae and is grown and harvested
in Southeast Asia and most Pacific Ocean islands. Breadfruit is
a tropical fruit and native to Polynesia. About 3500 years ago,
the Polynesian ancestors discovered the trees growing in northwest
New Guinea. The mayans call it masapan. Breadfruit has a bread-like
texture hence its name. Its flesh is yellow-green or yellow-brown,
soft, starchy, creamy and sweet.
many tropical regions, breadfruit is a staple food and is eaten
either boiled, steamed, baked, roasted or fried. After breadfruit
is cooked, the flesh is a bit like potato or like fresh-baked
bread. Some people on a weight loss diet wonder whether breadfruit
is fattening or can be added to their diet. First let's check
some of the nutritional values of raw breadfruit per 100 grams.
calories - 103
Carbs - 27.12 grams
Protein - 1.07 grams
Water - 70.65 grams
Dietary fiber - 4.9 grams
Fat - 0.23 grams
Potassium - 490 milligrams
breadfruit has more calories than its fruit counterparts, it's
still not that much so we can't consider it a fattening food.
Anyway, eating food in excess is fattening. Remember, you accumulate
fat not necessarily by eating a specific food but by consuming
excess calories without burning them afterwards. Breadfruit
can be used in a weight loss diet as it's healthy, nutritious,
nourishing and rich in fiber. As you might already know, fiber
is vital for people who want to lose weight. Fiber regulates
effective bowel activity and prevents constipation which is
nefarious for weight loss. Fiber also keeps cravings, binging
and hunger pangs at bay as it's slow-digesting and filling,
hence you don't need to eat a lot to feel satiated. So that
will keep the calorie count low. In addition, since fiber delays
the digestion process, your metabolism will speed up and a faster
metabolism has been proven to burn fat more effectively.
high potassium content of breadfruit is essential for people
who exercise regularly. Potassium is an electrolyte and the
latter is a mineral that has an electrical charge and is dissolved
in water. When we exercise, we lose electrolytes in our sweat
notably potassium and sodium. These lost electrolytes must be
replaced. Potassium can also prevent muscle cramping and is
effective for maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system and
a proper function of our cells and organs. And with its high
water content, breadfruit can keep your body hydrated.
breadfruit has a good amount of starchy carbs and potassium,
some people eat it post-workout to replenish their glycogen
stores(energy stores) and to replace lost electrolytes. So it
can be a great food post-workout.
ask yourself the question "is breadfruit fattening?"
anymore. You can eat a few slices of breadfruit everyday without