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Ackee Health Benefits

Ackee is a plant that produces a very sweet delicious and nutritious fruit and is commonly found throughout the Caribbean. The ackee’s scientific name is Blighia sapida, and it is a member of the sapindaceae plant family.

 

Ripe ackee fruit is eaten as food and is considered a dietary staple in Jamaica.

 

However, unripe ackee fruit is very poisonous. Unripe ackee is a frequent cause of poisoning in Africa and the Caribbean.

 

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

 

Ackee Fruit is low in calories, high in fiber, and low in carbs. Ackee Fruit tastes like scrambled eggs and most Jamaicans love to boil Ackee Fruit and add salt and a little bit of cod fish and oil for a great tasting meal.

 

Ackee supplies 2.7 grams of fiber per 3.5-ounce serving. That’s about 11 percent of the 25 grams of fiber women need each day and about 7 percent of the 38 grams men require on a daily basis.

 

Fiber encourages your stomach, intestines and colon to work efficiently and that greatly reduces your risk of becoming constipated.

 

Eating plenty of fiber might help you lose weight or maintain your weight, as well as reduce your risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. 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.

 

A poultice of crushed ackee leaves is applied to the forehead to alleviate headaches, the ripe Jamaican ackee fruit is consumed to lower fever and to control dysentery.

 

Although inedible, the rind is often candied. The hand has been used in China and Japan for perfuming rooms and clothing and has been used as an ornament, as well as in religious ceremonies.

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