Health Benefits of Breadfruit

by Brian Willett

One cup of breadfruit contains about 227 calories.

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Breadfruit, or Artocarpus altilis, is a type of fruit that grows on trees in tropical climates, including select areas of southern India and Central America. This fruit can be cooked or eaten raw, and is sometimes ground into flour. Breadfruit is rich in carbohydrates and provides dietary fiber, minerals and vitamins, so it can be a beneficial addition to your diet.

Rich in Carbohydrates

Breadfruit is rich in carbohydrates, as 1 cup provides about 60 g of this nutrient. Carbohydrates are your body's primary source of energy, so carbohydrate-rich foods such as breadfruit can be beneficial for athletes and other active individuals.

High in Fiber

One health benefit of breadfruit is that the fruit is rich in fiber. One cup contains 10.8 g of this nutrient. Fiber offers numerous health benefits: it helps promote satiety, aids in digestion and may help reduce your cholesterol levels.

Low Fat Content

Breadfruit is low in fat, as 1 cup contains just .51 g. Due to its low fat content, you might want to include this fruit on a low-fat diet. However, if you deep fry your breadfruit or cook or serve it with sugar and butter, this will considerably increase the fat content.

Low Protein Content

Breadfruit is low in protein, as 1 cup contains just 2.35 g. Although protein offers certain health benefits, eating a low-protein diet can be helpful in some cases. Too much protein may put a strain on your liver and kidneys, so if you have liver or kidney problems, breadfruit is a low-protein option to include in your diet.

High Potassium Content

Breadfruit is rich in the mineral potassium, with 1078 mg in a 1-cup serving. Potassium is vital for your health, as it conducts electrical charges in your body that drive muscular contractions in your skeletal and smooth muscles, including your heart.

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About the Author

Brian Willett began writing in 2005. He has been published in the "Buffalo News," the "Daytona Times" and "Natural Muscle Magazine." Willett also writes for and He is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer and earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of North Carolina.