Fit Breadfruit

Today’s photo: Fit Breadfruit on our tree, ready to be picked.breadfruitOur breadfruit trees are 30 years old and they reach a height of approx. 45 ft. (13.716 meters). The breadfruit tree (Artocarpus altilis) is resistant to termites and shipworms, and its wood pulp can be used to make paper.

breadfruitThe breadfruit itself,  is rich in dietary fiber, Vitamin C and potassium.

It is considered to be a cholesterol controller since it contains the type of fiber that lowers the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels i.e. the “bad” cholesterol; while raising the levels of the high-density lipoprotein (HDL) – the “good” cholesterol which protect the arteries.

The breadfruit helps protects the body from heart diseases and heart attacks.

Breadfruit also helps those with diabetes as it controls the disease to some extent by reducing the absorption of glucose from the in taken food. Consuming breadfruit on a regular basis can also reduce the risk of developing colon cancer.

I understand that leaves from the breadfruit tree are also used to treat high blood pressure as well as diseases associated with the kidneys, spleen and liver.

Read more about Breadfruit nutrition facts at this link.

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