Ask Leah! The Ingles Dietitian

Sponsored: Learn about jackfruit

Sponsored: Learn about jackfruit

Question:  I’ve been reading about JACKFRUIT and notice that there are many products with jackfruit at Ingles that look like meat – is this a good alternative to eating meat?


Answer:  Jackfruit is definitely a fruit, in that nutritionally it has much more in common with fruit than a meat or beans. Jackfruit is an excellent source of carbohydrates, a good source of fiber and an excellent source of potassium.    

Here is the nutritional breakdown of a cup of raw jackfruit:

According to the Department of Agriculture , a cup of raw, sliced jackfruit contains:

157 calories, 3 g of protein, 1 g fat, 38 g carbohydrates(31 g sugar),
2.5 g fiber, 739 mg potassium, 48 mg magnesium.

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Jackfruit can be eaten raw or can be cooked.  You might see it in recipes where it resembles or is seasoned to look like pulled pork, but it is not a nutritional substitute or alternative for eating meat, beans or tofu (soy) because it does not have the amount of protein those ingredients would have. 

3.5 oz of cooked pork = 26 grams of protein

1 c of cooked black beans = 15 grams of protein

3.5 oz tofu = 17 grams of protein

Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian


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