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Brazilian Journal of Food Technology

On-line version ISSN 1981-6723

Braz. J. Food Technol. vol.22  Campinas  2019  Epub June 13, 2019 


Jackfruit seed: an accompaniment to functional foods

Semente de jaca: um acompanhamento para alimentos funcionais

Roji Waghmare1 

Nagma Memon1 

Yogesh Gat2  *

Sukhmani Gandhi2 

Vikas Kumar2 

Anil  Panghal2 

1D.Y. Patil University, School of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Navi Mumbai - India

2Lovely Professional University, Department of Food Technology and Nutrition, Phagwara - India


The Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) is a well-known fruit in many Asian countries. Jackfruit seeds are underutilized and less acknowledged by people, but they have considerable nutritional benefits and can be considered as a potential functional food ingredient. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, a large number of studies have been carried out concerning the composition and health implications of jackfruit seeds. However, in broder manner there is a need to explore the information about the commercial production of jackfruit seeds and their incorporation in food products. Products with incorporated jackfruit seed flour possess better nutraceutical appeal, leading to improved consumer acceptability. The present study attempted to review the health-promoting effects of jackfruit seeds with special emphasis on their applications in the food. It also reveals the valorization of jackfruit seeds in various value-added products along with their effects on the different properties of the products.

Keywords:  Jackfruit seed flour; Value-added products; Food properties; Waste utilization


A Jaca (Artocarpus heterophyllus) é uma fruta bem conhecida em muitos países asiáticos. As sementes de jaca são sub-utilizadas e pouco conhecidas pela população, mas elas têm benefícios nutricionais consideráveis e podem ser consideradas como ingredientes potenciais para alimentos funcionais. Segundo o conhecimento dos autores, há um número grande de estudos sobre a composição e as implicações para a saúde das sementes de jaca. Contudo, é preciso explorar a informação sobre a produção comercial das sementes de jaca e a sua incorporação em produtos alimentícios, de uma forma geral. Produtos com a incorporação da farinha da semente de jaca têm maior apelo nutracêutico, levando a uma maior aceitação pelos consumidores. O presente estudo buscou revisar os efeitos promotores de saúde das sementes de jaca, com ênfase especial nas suas aplicações no sistema alimentar. Também revela a valorização das sementes de jaca em vários produtos de valor agregado, junto com seus efeitos nas diferentes propriedades dos produtos.

Palavras-chave:  Farinha da semente da jaca; Produtos com valor agregado; Propriedades de alimentos; Utilização de resíduos

1 Introduction

Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus), of the Moraceae family, is an enormous edible tree-borne tropical fruit. It is believed to be indigenous to Western Ghats of India but is now most widely cultivated in Bangladesh, Burma, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and on a smaller scale in Brazil and Australia (Hossain, 2014). Jackfruit is rich in protein, digestible starch, minerals and vitamins. Each 100 g of ripe flakes contains 287 to 323 mg potassium, 30 to 73 mg calcium and 11 to 19 g carbohydrates (Prakash et al., 2009). It is an energy-rich fruit suitable for the treatment of physical or mental fatigue, stress and muscle weakness and also for athletes. It has been found to exhibit antimicrobial, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-helmintihc properties (Shanmugapriya et al., 2011). It is apparent from the information summarized in Table1 that jackfruit is the richest source of protein (1.72 g) when compared to other fruits, followed by banana (1.09 g), mango (0.82 g), fig (0.75 g) and pineapple (0.54 g). It is also an abundant source of potassium, with 448 mg per 100 g, and provides a plentiful supply of thiamine, niacin, calcium, sodium, magnesium and vitamin B6 (United States Department of Agriculture, 2016).

Table 1 Nutritional profile of various fruits (values per 100 g). 

Nutrient Jackfruit Pineapple Mango Banana Fig
Energy (kcal) 95 50 60 89 74
Carbohydrates (g) 23 13 15 22.84 19.18
Sugars (g) 19.08 9.85 13.7 12.23 16.26
Dietary fiber (g) 1.5 1.4 1.6 2.6 2.9
Fat (g) 0.64 0.12 0.38 0.33 0.30
Protein (g) 1.72 0.54 0.82 1.09 0.75
Thiamine (mg) 0.105 0.079 0.028 0.031 0.060
Riboflavin (mg) 0.055 0.032 0.038 0.073 0.050
Niacin (mg) 0.92 0.5 0.669 0.665 0.400
Pantothenic acid (mg) 0.235 0.213 0.197 0.334 0.300
Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.329 0.112 0.119 0.4 0.113
Folate (µg) 24 18 43 20 6
Vitamin C (mg) 13.8 47.8 36.4 8.7 2.0
Calcium (mg) 24 13 11 - 35
Iron (mg) 0.23 0.29 0.16 0.26 0.37
Magnesium (mg) 29 12 10 27 17
Manganese (mg) 0.043 0.927 0.063 0.27 0.128
Phosphorous (mg) 21 8 14 22 14
Potassium (mg) 448 109 168 358 242
Sodium (mg) 2 1 1 1 1
Zinc (mg) 0.13 0.12 0.09 0.15 0.15
Water (g) 73.5 86.00 81.81 74.91 79.06

Source: Adapted from United States Department of Agriculture (2016, May) report.

1.1 Jackfruit seed

Jackfruit seeds are underutilized and less acknowledged by people, but they have considerable nutritional benefits and constitute about 10% to 15% of the fruit weight (Hossain, 2014). In many parts of South India, the seeds are collected from the ripe fruit, dried in sunlight and stored adequately for use in the rainy season. Due to the difficulties encountered during processing and storage, massive amounts of seeds are annually wasted.

Due to perishable nature, the seeds are usually discarded as waste, but when stored in a cool, moist environment, they have a shelf-life of about one month. To extend the shelf-life, the roasted seeds can be made into powders and used to add value to different products. Jackfruit seed powder is used as an alternative flour in bakery and confectionary products by blending it with wheat flour and other low-cost flours (Hossain, 2014). In certain parts of India, the seeds are consumed by boiling or roasting them or used to supplement potato (Banerjee & Datta, 2015).

Malnutrition is one of the major problems in India due to inadequate protein intake. Jackfruit seeds could be used as an economic alternative protein source to tackle the malnutrition (Roy Chowdhury et al., 2012). The demand for jackfruit seeds has been increased due to increased consumer awareness regarding the diet-disease relationship. It is believed to be a potent functional food ingredient since it imparts additional physiological benefits in addition to basic nutrition.

1.2 Nutritional properties of jackfruit seeds

The nutritional and antioxidant properties of jackfruit seeds have not yet been fully explored. Jackfruit seed provide an ample supply of protein, fiber, and starch. Jackfruit is also a rich source of many minerals such as N, P, K, Ca, Mg, S, Zn, Cu, etc (Maurya & Mogra, 2016). Figure 1 shows the FTIR spectrum of jackfruit seed flour. The absorption bands and the wavenumber (cm-1) of the dominant peaks obtained from the absorption spectrum are for amines, amides, and amino acids, which indicate the presence of protein. Other absorption bands suggest the presence of biomolecules such as carbohydrates, polysaccharides, and lipids. The aromatic compounds indicate the existence of flavonoids and jackfruit seeds contain sulphur and its derivatives, which are responsible for its anti-microbial action.

Figure 1 Wave number (cm-1) of dominant peaks obtained from the FT-IR absorption spectrum of jackfruit seed flour. Adapted from Gat & Ananthanarayan (2015a)

1.3 Health benefits of jackfruit seeds

Figure 2 shows the health benefits and functional properties of jackfruit seeds for the human body. The phytonutrients such as lignans, saponins, and isoflavones present in the seeds, plays beneficial role in human health (Noor, 2014). The addition of the jackfruit seed flour to deep-fried products results in a reduction in fat absorption up to a certain limit (Butool & Butool, 2015). The seeds are rich in dietary fiber and B-complex vitamins and due to their high fiber content, they help lower the risk of heart disease, prevent constipation and promote weight loss. Jackfruit seeds also contain resistant starch, which controls blood sugar and keeps the gut healthy. Jackfruit seeds possess anti-microbial activity, which prevents foodborne diseases (Maurya & Mogra, 2016) and the seeds contain an important lectin known as jacalin, used as a tool to evaluate the immune system of an HIV infected person. In China the seeds are known to be beneficial in overcoming the toxicity due to alcohol and likewise, in India, the seeds are a crucial component of an antidote produced for heavy drinkers (Butool & Butool, 2015).

Figure 2 Health benefits and functional properties of jackfruit seed on the human body (Prakash et al., 2009). 

The seeds contain an abundance of magnesium which plays a vital role in lowering the blood pressure and maintaining bone health since it aids in calcium absorption and hence helps to strengthen the bones (Maurya & Mogra, 2016). Furthermore, the seeds are rich in highly soluble protein resulting in the prevention and treatment of mental stress and anxiety. The seeds have low water and fat-absorption capacities, which helps in prevention of obesity.

2 Value-added products prepared by incorporating jackfruit seed flour

Value addition means the modification of a food commodity so as to enhance its value. This can be done by incorporating a new ingredient, using food processing technology or by changing the product packaging resulting in products that are far more appealing and usable. A few examples of value-added products are breakfast cereals, jams, ice creams, juices, yogurts, cheeses, pickles, concentrates, sauces, ketchup, extruded snacks, etc. Value addition requires creative ideas, a business understanding, and market demographics. Jackfruit seeds have been successfully used in the production of certain value-added products, some of which are represented in Table 2 (bakery products), Table 3 (extruded products) and Table 4 (other products).

Table 2 Baked products prepared by jackfruit seed fortification in different forms and at different concentrations. 

Product name Amount of
supplementation (%)
Outcome Reference
Bread 5 High protein and carbohydrate content, good water and oil absorption ability Tulyathan et al. (2002)
Bread 25 Increased crude fiber content Butool & Butool (2015)
Bread 25 Nutritionally higher carbohydrate, fat, protein, and crude fiber content Hossain (2014)
Biscuit 20 Good water and oil absorption capacity, swelling power, percent solubility, flour dispersibility and viscosity Butool & Butool (2015)
Biscuit 10-40 Moisture, fat, crude fiber and ash content increased Islam et al. (2015)
Cake 5-15 Increase in protein and reduction in fat content Arpit & John (2015)
Chocolate cake 5-15 Improved dietary fiber and anti-oxidant activity David (2016)
Composite cake 10-30 Better crumb, texture and nutritional characteristics Khan et al. (2016)
Muffins 10-20 Specific gravity increased and viscosity decreased Siti Faridah & Noor Aziah (2012)

Table 3 Extruded products prepared by jackfruit seed fortification in different forms and at different concentrations. 

Product name Amount of supplementation (%) Outcome Reference
Expanded snacks 10-40 Increase in nutritional and phytochemical properties Gat & Ananthanarayan (2015b)
Pasta 10 Increased nutrient content Abraham & Jayamuthunagai (2014)
Fortified noodles 5 Higher protein, fat, fiber, ash content and better organoleptic properties Nandkule et al. (2015)
Noodles 10-20 Higher yield ratio and lower cooking time Kumari & Divakar (2017)

Table 4 Other products prepared by jackfruit seed fortification in different forms and at different concentrations. 

Product name Amount of supplementation (%) Outcome Reference
Karasev and Jamun 25 and 50 Decreased fat absorption capacity Sri Rajarajeshwari & Prakash (1999)
Cereal bar 30 and 40 High fiber content, better sensorial characteristics Santos et al. (2011)
Cereal bar 15 Preserved hardness and crispness Torres et al. (2011)
Snack bar 35-45 Increased protein content Meethal et al. (2017)

2.1 Bakery products

The bakery industry is amongst the fastest growing organized food industries in India. Baked products are increasingly gaining popularity since they are convenient, readily available in diverse tastes and textural profiles, less expensive and possess high nutritive value. The chief advantage offered by bakery product is the ease with which they can be fortified with functional ingredients. Therefore, bakery products are an efficacious medium to deliver potent ingredients with health benefits to consumers. Recent studies have indicated that various bakery products such as biscuits (Islam et al., 2015), cookies, bread (Tulyathan et al., 2002), cake (Arpit & John, 2015), muffins (Siti Faridah & Noor Aziah, 2012) etc. have been formulated by supplementation with different levels of jackfruit seed flour (Table 2).

2.1.1 Effect of addition of jackfruit seed flour on different properties of baked products

The addition of jackfruit seed flour to numerous baked and cereal products enhanced their overall nutritional quality. Arpit & John (2015) carried out a study on the effect of varying levels of supplementation of jackfruit seed flour on the quality parameters of chocolate cake by mixing wheat flour and jackfruit seed flour in different proportions. The incorporation of 10 g jackfruit seed flour per 100 g of wheat flour used to prepare chocolate cake, resulted in increase in the protein and ash contents and a decrease in the fat content. The incorporation of jackfruit seed flour in biscuits resulted in larger amounts of ash and crude fiber. A high ash content corresponds to the amount of mineral matter present in the flour. Since jackfruit seeds are rich in crude fiber, an increase in crude fiber was found in the biscuits, but the incorporation also resulted in losses in the protein and carbohydrate contents of the biscuits. Bread made with the incorporation of jackfruit seed flour showed a higher crude fiber content, whereas baked products are normally insufficient in dietary fiber (Islam et al., 2015).

A sensory evaluation refers to the measurement, analysis, and interpretation of responses to food commodities as perceived by the auditory, visual, olfactory, tactile and gustatory senses. It can be regarded as a scientific discipline that examines distinct attributes of a food component or product by observing alikeness and differences amongst a variety of commodities. The color of bread made with 25% substitution of jackfruit seed flour was the same as that of the control sample, but the addition of more jackfruit seed flour led to a change in color from light brown to dark brown. Similarly, in the case of flavor, both the control sample and the sample with 25% seed flour were more acceptable. The tastes of the control sample and of that supplemented with 25% jackfruit seed flour were similar and the texture of the bread with 25% seed flour was more preferred (Hossain, 2014). Biscuits and bread made with the incorporation of less than 30% jackfruit seed flour showed good overall acceptability, but further increases in the jackfruit seed flour concentration decreased the overall acceptability of the bread and biscuits (Butool & Butool, 2015).

2.2 Extruded products

In many food processing industries, extrusion cooking technology plays a pivotal role as continuous cooking, mixing, shearing and form-making technique, and the main reasons for customer acceptance of extruded foods are the convenience, value, appearance and texture (Gat & Ananthanarayan, 2015a). This technology is mainly used in the production of breakfast cereals, snacks, snack pellets, crispy flatbread, pre-cooked flours, and cereal-based baby foods.

2.2.1 Effect of addition of jackfruit seed flour on different properties of extruded products

The effect of incorporating jackfruit seed flour on the moisture content of pasta was found to be insignificant (p ≤ 0.05) but the protein and ash content increased (Abraham & Jayamuthunagai, 2014). In comparison with the control sample, noodles fortified with jackfruit seed flour showed increases in the protein, ash, fat and crude fiber contents and reduced carbohydrate content (Nandkule et al., 2015).

The nutrimental and nutraceutical properties of extrudates were improved by the incorporation of jackfruit seed flour into the rice. The nutrimental composition of the extrudate was improved at a concentration of 70:30 (rice:jfsf) with a barrel temperature of 180 °C and a screw speed of 300 rpm. Increases in the total phenolic and flavonoid contents were reported with a decrease in the barrel temperature, and the extrudate obtained at 180 °C and 300 rpm exhibited the highest antioxidant and reducing potential (Gat & Ananthanarayan, 2015b).

Table 3 summarizes some extruded products prepared by fortification with jackfruit seed flour. The addition of different proportions of jackfruit seed flour to control pasta increased the nutrient content but showed similar cooking and rheological qualities. Kumari et al. (2015) developed jackfruit seed flour-based noodles which ensured the presence of the functional properties. The addition of 10 and 20% jackfruit seed flour in the development of noodles with a feeder speed of 16 rpm and drying temperature of 60 °C resulted in lower energy and carbohydrate contents but higher protein, fiber, and mineral contents and better sensory quality. Noodles extruded with 20% jackfruit seed flour showed higher yields and lower cooking times, as reported by Kumari & Divakar (2017), and the color of the pasta changed with the addition of the jackfruit seed flour. The flavor of the jackfruit seed was easily recognizable in pasta with the addition of 15% and 20% seed flour, and it was suggested that the firmness of the pasta also increased with the addition of the seed flour.

2.3 Traditional products

A snack is a portion smaller than a full-fledged meal and is typically consumed between meals. Snacks deliver significantly fewer calories than those provided by a regular meal and processed snack foods are convenient to use and possess longer shelf-life. The processed food industry has a continuously increasing interest in developing novel products to attract consumers. Traditional snacks and other products such as Karasev, Jamun, cereal bars, chocolate milkshake and Chapatti supplemented with jackfruit seed flour are mentioned in Table 4. Cereal bars made with 30% and 40% jackfruit seed meal showed high fiber contents, better sensory characteristics and nutritive values similar to those of other bars available on the market (Santos et al., 2011). The development of a cereal bar with 15% jackfruit seed flour maintained the hardness and crispness when compared with commercially available cereal bars without the addition of this exotic fruit (Torres et al., 2011) and the protein content of the snack bar increased when jackfruit seed flour was incorporated (Meethal et al., 2017). Jackfruit seed flour, bengal gram flour, and wholemeal wheat flour were blended in different combinations to produce chapatis, the addition of 10% jackfruit seed flour showed the best overall acceptance (Sultana et al., 2014).

2.3.1 Effect of addition of jackfruit seed flour on different properties of traditional products

Recent studies concerning the nutritional properties of three varieties of jackfruit seed flour showed that all the seed varieties contained good amounts of protein, ranging from 13% to 18% and that the crude fiber content varied between 1.56% to 2.60% (Abedin et al., 2012). Mukprasirt & Sajjaanantakul (2004) reported that the starch obtained from jackfruit seed has a higher amylose content which could be used as a substitute for modified starch.

Various researchers have recognized jackfruit seed as a novel functional ingredient with a desirable nutraceutical potential due to its high content of phytonutrients (Conforti & Cachaper, 2009). Gupta et al. (2011) found a high amount of saponins i.e., 6.32 g/100 g on carrying out a phytochemical analysis of jackfruit seeds. The antioxidant activity was determined using free radical scavenging, metal chelating, ferric reducing antioxidant power and reducing power assays, and it was concluded that jackfruit seed exhibited strong antioxidant properties and a moderate amount of phytochemicals. Studies on the total phenolic compounds, flavonoids, reducing power and antioxidant activity of four different extracts of jackfruit seed showed that plants containing phenols and flavonoids exhibit strong antioxidant potentials. These results indicate the use of jackfruit seed extract as a good functional medicine and pharmaceutical plant-based product due to its high flavonoid (0.86 to 4.05) content and reducing potential (9.56 to 13.12) (Shanmugapriya et al., 2011).

The jackfruit seed protein has a high surface viscosity property, so more air is entrapped for a longer time. It has been reported that jackfruit seed flour has low emulsifying capacity when compared to wheat flour. The study conducted by Roy Chowdhury et al. (2012) indicated that the jackfruit seed flour protein was less soluble, but the solubility increased with increasing pH value.

3 Conclusion

Studies have suggested a significant increase in the nutritional content of jackfruit-fortified products in terms of the ash, protein, dietary fiber and phytochemical contents. The incorporation of jackfruit seed flour at the optimum concentration aided in improving the physicochemical, textural, color and sensory properties of various products. Furthermore, the review discussed the effect of adding jackfruit seed flour on the different attributes of traditional products. Additional experimentation is required to develop economical and efficient practices for the production of value-added products containing jackfruit seed flour.

Cite as: Waghmare, R., Memon, N., Gat, Y., Gandhi, S., Kumar, V., & Panghal, A. (2019). Jackfruit seed: an accompaniment to functional foods. Brazilian Journal of Food Technology, 22, e2018207.


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Received: June 09, 2018; Accepted: December 18, 2018

*Corresponding Author: Yogesh Gat, Lovely Professional University, Department of Food Technology and Nutrition, 144 411, Phagwara - India, e-mail:

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