Do You Know Jack?

What began as a curiosity after trying bbq jackfruit at a place on the square in Denton has turned into a realization that this IS the next big thing in food. I spoke on it briefly in my last blog as it makes an amazing meat replacement.

The jackfruit tree begins to produce fruit after four years and will produce it for up to 100 years. An average tree grows up to forty feet tall and will produce four to eight thousand pounds of fruit per year. The fruit will vary in weight from twenty to eighty pounds each and sometimes exceed two hundred pounds.
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Low in calories and high in fiber Jackfruit is rich in vitamins C, Riboflavin, A, B6, and others. Its mineral content is robust as well high in Manganese, Magnesium, Copper, Potassium with smaller amounts of Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorus, and Selenium.

I have previously only purchased it in a can from the Asian market. Yesterday I went hunting for a fresh one and was rewarded with one just under twenty pounds. The coloring was as I learned correct for a ripe one. However, it was firmer than expected and inside it was much dryer also, so possibly not quite as ripe as I thought.

Inside the fruit is fiber and seed filled pods

Inside the fruit is fiber and seed filled pods

If you ever feel the need to strengthen your hands buy one like I did. It took a bit longer than anticipated just to make it halfway through the fruit; I will get the other half later. The object is to separate the pods from the fibrous parts and then cull the seed from each pod.
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The seeds are very nutritious and edible too. I will be boiling mine tomorrow for twenty minutes and then eaten as a cross between a potato and chestnut. Once out of the water and slightly cooled peel the skin that remains, if any, that protected it while in its pod. Season and nom.

Oh and before you start this adventure know that this fruit secretes a natural latex so oil your knife and hands to ease on cleanup. My large knife suffered a coating of it, and I ran hot water over it to soften the latex and used dry paper towels to remove it.

www-nutritionaltruths-com-35 In addition to what you see in the pic, I added diced artichokes and salt and pepper. Also only used one jalapeno, one-third of the onion, half the cilantro and four tablespoons of the rice vinegar. Again there are more recipes online for jackfruit ceviche and most anything else with jackfruit than you can imagine.

I Made a ceviche for dinner tonight and will top it with avocado before serving. Tomorrow night it is pulled jackfruit BBQ style and the rest I may freeze for later. There are hundreds of recipes online, and if you’re looking for a no processed meat substitute that is full of fiber and nutrition this would be a great one!

Hope you will give jackfruit a chance one day as it can be bought in cans or premade BBQ, carnitas, etc. in the refrigerated section of your healthful grocery store.

Jackfruit Ceviche!

Jackfruit Ceviche!

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Grown Meats

Looking at a recent poll showed that while Baby Boomers who lived the vegan lifestyle was at 2 % Generation X was at 5% and millennials were at 12%, proving that fewer and fewer Americans are consuming animal flesh, animal products, and by-products.

In addition to not eating animals vegans do not use leather for their shoes, jackets, purses, etc. nor do they use any soap, makeup, cleaning product, or item derived from or tested on animals or bugs including honey, wool, down, and silk, etc. It is most often from a compassionate standpoint, while for others it is for the health benefits or both.

As for what vegans eat, I would like to focus today’s blog on two straightforward unprocessed meat alternatives. Go to a place like Trader Joe’s and investigate all the faux meat options they have, it may surprise you. I want to cover two alternatives that you can prepare at home from its natural state and enjoy without too much effort.

Jackfruit is an amazing alternative, grown throughout India and Thailand and the trees grow large with a canopy full of fruit. The fruit itself can range in weight from 35 to 80 pounds. They can be purchased smaller and whole at an Asian market or in the can at those same markets, and they are beginning to carry it at regular grocery stores as well in the can. Ideally get it packed in water or brine. Drain water and slice up the fruit to behave much like a pulled meat and add to any sauce or recipe. Investigate the thousands of recipes online and enjoy!

Jackfruit tree, Opened fruit, fleshy pod with internal nut and BBQ stye

Jackfruit tree, Opened fruit, fleshy pod with internal nut and BBQ stye

Mushrooms are also a great alternative, and they can be portabellas, button mushrooms, and my new favorite is oyster mushrooms. They can be smoked and added to a BBQ sauce or sautéed and treated like meat in your favorite dish. From Indian food, BBQ, and Mexican food they’re my favorite meat replacement. Online find hundreds of recipes for a mushroom-based meal.

Oyster, portobello and button mushrooms

Oyster, portobello and button mushrooms


At the healthy grocery store, you will find dozens of options for alternatives made from processed soybeans like tofu and less processed soybeans making Tempe and from wheat gluten many types of Seitan are available and tasty. Do a Google search, and you will find a myriad of meat-free alternatives.

When I first wrote Nutritional Truths almost two years ago, I was still eating meat but knew the day would come when I would not. It has been over six months ago now since I gave up eating animals and I have not missed it a bit nor do I miss all the internal conflict that had been growing over the past couple years.
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To Be or Not to Be…Organic?

There was a time in the not too distant past that I would drive by Whole Foods and wonder why folks would shop there. Their prices were very high, and they didn’t even carry Doritos or Diet Coke. Sure they carried mock items that were GMO-free and organic, but they didn’t taste as good as the regular store-bought items. No, I don’t do aspartame nor Frito-Lay anymore.

Over time I realized that I had been blind to the truth about food & beverages, how it is our behaviors and not genetics that often kill us, and how the body was designed to heal itself from disease without the use of petrochemical synthetics. I also had never thought about being sure to ingest my recommended daily requirement of Glyphosate (Roundup) or other toxic chemicals sprayed on conventional fruits and veggies.

No these poisons you cannot wash off as many are systemic and are within the fruit or vegetable. Granted some are more toxic than others and below is the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen. While our bodies were made to push out and expel toxins if they remain overwhelmed for years and years by constant consumption of toxins etc. disease is almost a guarantee. Not a matter of if but rather a matter of when.

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As it turns out, organic produce not only has more minerals and vitamins they contain substantially more antioxidants, up to 69% more, that work to reduce and eliminate free radicals that cause aging and they also contain fewer pesticide residues. The known carcinogen cadmium is lower in organic produce by 48% on average than in conventional produce. We are encouraged to eat organic fruits and veggies because they do contain large amounts of antioxidants as well as vitamins and minerals to support wellness.

I had recently learned of a juice business in a city we are about to visit, and they offer fresh squeezed juices and even several days detox of juices. I contacted them to see if they only use organic and they don’t. I could not for the life of me register how they could offer a cleanse with conventional produce, crazy. Maybe they label their juices “Also includes unknown pesticides, insecticides, fungicides and toxins your body doesn’t require.”

One day they should drop the organic label and just have to label the toxic conventional produce and products. Your life and that of those you care for matters just remember that next time you are grocery shopping or at the farmers market. No spray produce from local farms to me is right there with certified organic produce.
Do your research and learn why the investment in organic is worth it to support your good health. Have a wonderful weekend, share as you wish and Be Well!

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