Can Diabetics Eat Jackfruit?? Benefits of Jackfruit Atta for Diabetics??

Dr. Pakhi Sharma (MBBS)
Dr. Pakhi Sharma (MBBS)

General Physician | 6+ years

Jackfruit and Diabetes
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Jackfruit cures stomach ulcers, lowers high blood pressure and cures constipation. This is because of its rich source of fiber content that curbs your appetite and prevents hunger cravings. But can diabetics eat jackfruit? How much sugar does jackfruit contain? How to use jackfruit leaves and seeds for diabetes? Let’s get to know more about jackfruit and diabetes and how this fruit can help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. 

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Jackfruit: Nutritional Profile

The nutritional value of jackfruit is undisputed. It’s packed with vitamins and antioxidants that produce energy for the body, keep diseases away, and stop chronic inflammation. It can even help you avoid heart disease and diabetes if eaten the right way.

One cup or 150 grams contains the following:

Calories: 143

Carbs: 35 g

Fat: 1 g

Fiber: 2 g

Protein: 3 g

Vitamin B6: 29% 

Vitamin C: 23% 


Is Jackfruit High in Sugar?

Jackfruit has natural sugars that cause a spike in blood sugar levels. However, it can be good for diabetics because of its protein and fiber content. That being said, if you’re a vegetarian or vegan with diabetes looking for a meat substitute or food that’s high in protein, it’s better if you go with beans or legumes.

Is Jackfruit Low Carb?

There are fewer carbs in jackfruit and a high number of proteins. This makes it a great fruit for those following a keto diet. This is also an added advantage for those with diabetes. Also, let’s not forget that the load of vitamins in jackfruit makes it a nutritious fruit for everyone.

Jackfruit Benefits For Diabetes

Is jackfruit good for health? Yes, it is. But can it help in managing sugar levels? Jackfruit’s glycemic index (GI) is around 50 to 60, which is on a moderate scale. That means this fruit doesn’t cause blood sugar spikes. However, here are some other benefits of jackfruit leaves and seeds for diabetes. 

1. Jackfruit Leaves For Diabetes

Some studies have shown that extracts from the stems and leaves of this fruit can decrease blood sugar levels. However, most of these studies are based on research done on animals. Jackfruit leaves contain rich contents of vitamin A and calcium aid in healthy bones and vision. 

2. Raw Jackfruit Benefits

Raw jackfruit contains potassium, dietary fibre including essential vitamins and minerals. Raw jackfruit would be more nutritious than the cooked version of the fruit. Unripe or raw jackfruit pods contain only 20% of sugar level to that of ripe jackfruit pods. 

So, if you’re diabetic you can consume jackfruit in its raw form. One observer noted that the unripe jackfruit pods had 10.2 grams of sugar while ripe jackfruit pods contained 57.6 grams of sugar.

3. Jackfruit Powder For Diabetes

Another great way to enjoy this fruit is by consuming jackfruit flour for diabetes. This powder doesn’t have a strong aroma or taste but jackfruit flour benefits those with high blood sugar by controlling blood sugar levels. Jackfruit atta benefits those with diabetes since it has the fruit’s medium glycemic index, which allows food to digest slowly. 


Risks of Over Consuming Jackfruit For Diabetes

Excessive consumption of jackfruit can result in allergy to birch pollen. It may also reduce blood sugar levels in a bad way. Consuming raw jackfruit is good for diabetics. All you need to do is mash jackfruit seeds and bring it to powder. Add powder to lukewarm water and drink up. This will help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. 

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  • Jackfruit is high in carbohydrates, which are high in natural sugars. Those are not good for diabetics in large doses.
  • But jackfruit is also low in calories and has a low glycemic index.
  • It contains protein and insoluble fibre which slows digestion and keeps blood sugar levels stable.
  • It also has a low glycemic load and is rich in flavonoid antioxidants.
  • Diabetics could benefit more from jackfruit leaves, and the fruit when it’s raw and unripe.
  • Jackfruit flour is another great alternative to the actual fruit.
  • While there haven’t been any reports of adverse reactions to jackfruits, make sure you aren’t allergic to the fruit before eating it.
  • Use Phable Care App to consult India’s leading diabetologists, order medicines, book lab tests, integrate Accu-Chek instant and other devices to get real-time remote care from the comfort of your home. Let’s treat diabetes together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Jackfruit atta (Flour) can be mixed with wheat flour to make jackfruit chapati. Jackfruit atta can also be added to idli/ dosa batter. It can also be added to rasam or buttermilk. 

According to a recent study by the University of Sydney, unripe jackfruit can fight high blood pressure levels, infact, reverse the condition to pre-diabetes. 

YES, jackfruit seed has amazing health benefits for diabetics. Mash jackfruit seed and add to lukewarm water. Stir well and drink up. This will prevent blood sugar spikes. 

Jackfruit seeds can turn out to be poisonous if consumed in excess. These seeds contain harmful compounds such as tannins and trypsin that stop the body from absorbing certain essential nutrients. This leads to indigestion or even food poisoning in worse cases. 

  • Treats Constipation
  • Cures Stomach ulcer
  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Good for skin and hair

Dr. Pakhi Sharma
Dr. Pakhi Sharma, MBBS
(General physician, 6+ years)
An expert in obstetrics and medical emergencies, Dr. Pakhi Sharma, an alumni of Sri Devaraj Urs University of Higher Education and Research Centre, is a general physician working at Phablecare. She has 6+ years of work experience spread across gynaecology and obstetrics, family medicine, and medical emergencies at renowned hospitals and clinics.

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