Jaca, an exotic fruit rich in nutrients and flavor

* Properties It contains protein, potassium, calcium and iron, has an amazing resemblance to pork. Trend. It has become the new trendy food among vegans.

SAINT-DOMINGUE. -Over the years, human beings have realized that health comes through the mouth, betting on tasty but healthy food.

Unsurprisingly, the global trend is towards smart diets and personalized nutrition, placing this trend in the top number one in gastronomy in 2020.

During this decade, the consumption of plant foods, the choice of fruits and herbs, will continue to grow, as they are ideal for light meals, but above all for preventing or alleviating health problems. A real example of this is the fruit of the jaca or jaca (Artocarpus heterophyllus), also known as the jaca tree, which has become the new trendy food, especially among vegans and vegetarians, for its amazing resemblance to the pork.

This exotic fruit from southern Asia, from this year, will be globalized like coconut or papaya in the past.

Personal vegetarian chef Orlando Féliz, who is a standard-bearer in maintaining or restoring health through the proper use of nutrition, offering natural dishes to his guests, points out that he has sometimes prepared dishes with this and typically weighs between 30 and 35 kilos. Many consider it an unbeatable option for vegetarians, for the protein it contains.

Very versatile

Feliz, who is an Ayurvedic doctor, said the seeds can be roasted and incorporated into snacks because they are high in protein, potassium, calcium, and iron. He says its recent success in countries like the United States is because it is a potent plant-based alternative to meat.

This fruit can be obtained in the Dominican Republic in some specialty vegan stores, exotic fruit farms such as Taino farm or in its organic version on the websites.

Some of the health benefits it provides:
• Good for the immune system because it contains moderate levels of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps fight free radicals and protects you from colds and other illnesses.

• Improves digestion thanks to its high fiber content.
• It may help prevent cancer, given the presence of phytonutrients, such as lignans, isoflavones and saponins, which have anti-cancer properties. It also contains many carotenoids.

• Increase energy levels with B vitamins, especially vitamin B6. Plus, it’s high in complex carbohydrates, with a lower glycemic load than wheat or rice.

• Helps maintain blood pressure and heart health with its moderate potassium levels.

• It is good for the eyes, it contains vitamin A, as well as beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, which help improve vision and protect eye health.

• Improves skin health and reduces aging. The water content in the fruit helps keep your skin hydrated and youthful, while the antioxidants help slow down the aging process.

• Improves bone health, rich in calcium and helps promote bone health.

—1— How to use
Dishes such as tacos and sandwiches, also used for vegetable versions of grated chicken.
—2— Nutritional value
Two cups of jackfruit contain 310 calories and 6 grams of fiber.
—3— Excellent texture
When eaten when the piece is still young and immature, it absorbs the taste of any marinades and spices.
—4— Where he works
The Chef Orlando Féliz restaurant is located in Doctor Piñeiro street, # 153, university area. Contact: 829-973-1717.

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