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Ackee Fruit Health Benefits

Ackee has been known to be a poisonous fruit, but despite all of that it is not only delicious but nutritious too, it is the national fruit of Jamaica and the star of popular home cooked dishes especially blended with salt fish.

 

The poison in ackee seeds and under-ripe arils causes vomiting followed by convulsions.

 

The side effects can result in a coma and death. Ackee Fruit is full of fatty acids; in fact over 50% of the fatty acids are linoleic, stearic, and palmitic acids.

 

Ackee Fruit are Full of Omega 6 oils, and it would be good to augment the Omega 6 oils with fish oil that has Omega 3 fatty acids too.

 

Ackee Fruit is high in protein, full of good energy producing carbs, and great B and C Vitamins, Zinc, Phosphorus, Potassium, and Calcium.

 

A 3.5-ounce serving of ackee supplies 30 milligrams of vitamin C, which is 40 percent of the 75 milligrams women need each day and one-third of the 90 milligrams men require on a daily basis.

 

Vitamin C helps repair cartilage and keeps your skin cells healthy. The same portion of ackee also provides 1.1 milligrams of niacin, a B vitamin that’s crucial for the function of your central nervous system.

 

That 1.1 milligrams translates to 8 percent of the 14 milligrams women require each day and 7 percent of the 16 milligrams men need on a daily basis.

 

Ackee supplies small amounts of folate, too, which can help prevent birth defects, as well as trace amounts of calcium, iron, riboflavin and thiamine.

 

Canned Jamaican ackee is exported primarily to the United Kingdom and Canada.

 

Importation of Jamaican ackee to the United States was prohibited from 1973 to 2000, but is now permitted.

 

The Jamaican ackee is more widely grown in Jamaica than anywhere else in the Western hemisphere.

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