How Much Protein Is There In Jackfruit?

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Protein does not always have to come from meat. Find out to what extent jackfruit can help you get to your daily protein goals.

While jackfruit is sometimes used as a meat replacement due to its texture it is not high in protein. The opposite applies.

One cup of sliced jackfruit (165 grams) only contains around 2.4 grams of protein which is only 5% of the Daily Value. This food is more of a carb source than anything else.

You can still consume jackfruit for other reasons but since protein is so important, you also want to focus on eating enough foods that do contain nice amounts of this nutrient.

Protein in different quantities of jackfruit

This article will also go over how jackfruit compares to chicken, what some protein-rich alternatives are, and what other nutrients this fruit contains.

Before these things, you can find a quick overview of the amount of protein in different quantities of jackfruit (1):

Amount Of JackfruitAmount of Protein
1 Ounce (28 grams)0.4 grams (1% Of The Daily Value)
100 Grams (3.5 ounces)1.5 grams (3% Of The Daily Value)
1 Cup Of Sliced Jackfruit
(165 grams)
2.4 grams (5% Of The Daily Value)
Table with protein in different quantities of jackfruit

Protein in jackfruit vs meat

If you are not that familiar with the protein contents of foods, the numbers above may not mean too much to you.

Comparing the protein in jackfruit with the protein in a few fish and animal meats like chicken will help you better understand that there are better food sources for this nutrient.

The values below are for 100 grams of the cooked versions of the foods (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). One exception is the value for jackfruit, this is for the raw food.

Type Of FoodProtein In 100 Grams
Jackfruit1.5 Grams
Chicken Breast31 Grams
Salmon25.4 Grams
Ground Beef25.4 Grams
Shrimp20.9 Grams
Protein in jackfruit vs meat

Amino acids in jackfruit

Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. One gram of protein can consist of different ratios of amino acids.

The functions and recommended quantities of the different types of amino acids for the human body are not exactly clear (yet).

However, in some situations what amino acids you can find in jackfruit can be helpful to know. One source suggests jackfruit contains the following amino acids (6):

Amino AcidGrams Per 100 Grams
Of Jackfruit
Percent Of
The Daily Value
Tryptophan0.034 g4.3%
Threonine0.086 g3.6%
Isoleucine0.069 g3.5%
Leucine0.103 g2.2%
Lysine0.069 g1.7%
Methionine0.034 g1.9%
Cystine0.017 g0.9%
Phenylalanine0.052 g1.2%
Tyrosine0.103 g2.3%
Valine0.086 g3.4%
Arginine0.138 g2.3%
Histidine0.034 g1.6%
Alanine0.086 g1.3%
Aspartic acid0.172 g1.4%
Glutamic acid0.189 g1.4%
Glycine0.086 g2.5%
Proline0.017 g0.4%
Serine0.103 g1.2%
Table of amino acids in jackfruit

Protein source alternatives to jackfruit

You may have become interested in jackfruit because you don’t want to eat animal meats, fish, cheese, and/or eggs to reach your protein goals.

While jackfruit is not the best choice for this, there are still plant-based food alternatives that contain nice amounts of protein.

Some examples and how much protein per 100 grams they have include (6, 7, 8, 9, 10):

  • Peanuts: 25.8 grams
  • Soybeans: 16.6 grams
  • Flaxseeds: 18.3 grams
  • Oats: 16.9 grams
  • Almonds: 21.2 grams

It is interesting to put how small the amount of protein in jackfruit is into words.

You would have to eat 17.2 times as much jackfruit as peanuts to consume the same amount of protein.

Other nutrients in jackfruit

You may also want to know about the other nutrients in jackfruit. These matter for things like weight loss, building muscle, longevity, hunger, etc.

100 grams of jackfruit contains some of the following nutrients (1):

  • Calories: 94 calories
  • Protein: 1.5 grams
  • Total carbohydrates (includes fiber): 24 grams
  • Fiber: 1.6 grams
  • Fat: 0.3 grams
  • Vitamin C: 11% of the DV (Daily Value)
  • Manganese: 10% of the DV
  • Copper: 9% of the DV
  • Magnesium: 9% of the DV
  • Potassium: 9% of the DV

Jackfruit does contain a few micronutrients in nice amounts.

At the same time, there are many foods that can offer more vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein.

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Matt Claes founded Weight Loss Made Practical to help people get in shape and stay there after losing 37 pounds and learning the best of the best about weight loss, health, and longevity for over 4 years. Over these years he has become an expert in nutrition, exercise, and other physical health aspects.