New Year, Less Meat?

Why (and how!) to incorporate more plants into your diet in 2019.


January is the perfect time to launch new projects—and so, without further ado, meet our new Jackfruit Blog! We hope you return throughout 2019 and beyond for jackfruit recipe inspiration, cooking tips, new product announcements and more from The Jackfruit Company team.

While one of our New Year’s Resolutions is to make this the best Jackfruit Blog ever, we know that many others (perhaps even you!) have resolved to eat less meat this year—and we’re so excited to help you accomplish that goal by providing tasty, ready-to-eat jackfruit products and helpful information to help you enjoy it.

Here are some great reasons to try eating less meat (or even going meatless altogether) in 2019:

It’s better for your gut.

While the pros and cons of different diets are constantly being debated, scientific studies have shown that diets high in saturated fats raise LDL cholesterol and increase a person’s risk of heart and cardiovascular disease, as well as other health problems—and while the average American consumes plenty of protein, what he or she really needs more of is dietary fiber.

The best, easiest way to incorporate more fiber into your diet is to eat more fruits and veggies. (Hint: A ½ cup of young diced jackfruit contains about 20% of your daily recommended fiber intake.)

It’s better for the planet.

It’s no secret that livestock requires a lot of land, to provide both housing and food. As our population grows, so does human consumption of meat—which ultimately costs already dwindling natural resources. Along with being a major contributor to deforestation, maintaining livestock requires a huge amount of water: While it takes 11,000 gallons of water to produce two pounds of beef, it takes 264 gallons to produce the same amount (in weight) of grain.

Now, compare those numbers to the mighty jackfruit tree that grows wild (no additional resources needed) in certain parts of Asia, and produces up to 200 jackfruit (up to 100 pounds each!) every year.

It’s better for animals.

This one’s a no-brainer, right? Animals enjoy a much higher quality of life when they are able to live in their natural habitat to a happy, old age.

It’s delicious!

From tacos to stir-fry to pizza, your favorite savory dishes can all be made easily and deliciously meatless with young jackfruit. Don’t believe us? Visit our recipes page for mouthwatering inspiration—and keep following along with us here, as we continue to bring you fresh, new jackfruit recipes and meatless cooking tips!

Happy New Year!