Breadfruit - The Best of Foods
When my cousin-in-law heard how breadfruit was a part of we diet in the West Indies, he remarked, "Man, you guys grew up eating the best foods." He was right about breadfruit, too, though when I was small I didn't really know how many health benefits were packed into the fruit, or vegetable (which one is it?) - all I did know is I love it fried. Then a couple years back, I opened a USA Today and, boops, an article bigging up breadfruit fall right into my lap.
Breadfruit is high in complex carbohydrates and a good source of antioxidants, calcium, carotenoids, copper, dietary fiber, energy, iron, magnesium, niacin, omega 3, omega 6, phosphorus, potassium, protein, thiamine, vitamin A and it big, big, big in vitamin C.
The Omega 3 and 6 oils in breadfruit great for the heart; the antioxidants can help reduce inflammation; the breadfruit skin is great for your own skin, helping to fight excessive inflammation, psoriasis, eczema, while encouraging new cell growth. In addition to all them thing, breadfruit is great at controlling diabetes and warding off cancer-causing chemicals from the body.
So, I am looking forward to cooking garlic breadfruit and breadfruit pepper pot this Kwanzaa season, since I Man don't celebrate Christmas. I gon mek yuh know how it turn out.
~ K. Omodele