Unripe jackfruit helps fight diabetes: study

April 04, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 05:47 am IST - KOCHI:

Feel full:The study aimed at commercially exploiting freeze-dried unripe jackfruit.

Feel full:The study aimed at commercially exploiting freeze-dried unripe jackfruit.

A study at Sydney University’s Glycemic Index Research Service has confirmed that consumption of unripe jackfruit can help fight high blood sugar level. The study was undertaken on the basis of reports on the positive effect of unripe jackfruit for diabetes and it was carried out under an initiative funded by the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation to commercially exploit freeze-dried unripe jackfruit.

Some of the patients who used unripe jackfruit daily were able to reverse the situation to pre-diabetes condition, said James Joseph, an entrepreneur promoting the use of freeze-dried raw jackfruit.

The patients who used up to 30 grams of freeze dried unripe jackfruit daily were able to eliminate wheat and rice from their daily diet and also overcome weight gain problems.

According to the study, 30 grams of dehydrated unripe jackfruit replaced a cup of cooked rice or two wheat chapatis and also offered much higher level of being satiated or the feeling of being full, eliminating the need for snacks. The study showed that glycemic load (glucose level) in unripe jackfruit is almost half that of rice or wheat. This is the reason why unripe jackfruit helps reverse the diabetic condition.

Sydney University’s Glycemic Index Research Service is considered one of the best in the world for Glycemic Index (GI) studies recommended by the Glycemic Index Foundation.

The Centre has tested sugar value of more than 3,500 foods. The study on unripe jackfruit was conducted between January and February 2016 as per the internationally recognised GI methodology approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of University of Sydney.

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