Functional Foods: Breadfruit

Eaten on its own or ground into a flour for gluten-free recipes, breadfruit has long been a staple in the South Pacific. Here’s how this fruit—which, yes, tastes a little like bread—could be giving you a boost in 2021.

Support Heart Health

Breadfruit’s heavy dose of antioxidant phytochemicals protect the heart from atherosclerosis, a condition that hardens arteries. Its high fibre content also lowers blood pressure and helps prevent hypertension.

Boost Immunity

Again, due to its high antioxidant content, breadfruit is a boon for immunity. In particular, breadfruit’s bioflavonoids reduce disease risk by lowering inflammation. Its high levels of thiamine, or vitamin B1, also support good muscle tone in the walls of the digestive tract, which hosts the larger part of the immune system.

Retain More Nutrients

One study has shown that breadfruit’s full spectrum of essential amino acids can aid your body in making better use of the nutrients it takes in. Amino acids are called the building blocks of the body because they generate your cells, move nutrients, and help all of your major systems to function.

Reduce Oxidative Stress

Because breadfruit is so exceptionally high in a number of antioxidants, it has the power to lower overall oxidative stress in the body. Free radicals from our environments cause cellular breakdown, but breadfruit can help reverse or prevent this damage.

Potentially Prevent Cancer

Due to its potent anti-inflammatory properties, breadfruit is becoming increasingly interesting to anti-cancer researchers. Studies have shown its potential to fight skin cancer and pancreatic cancer specifically.