Jute is a leafy vegetable that is found in tropical and subtropical regions. It is used for food and as an eco-friendly fabric. Jute leaves are also known as edewu, ayoyo, rau day, and many other names, depending on the region.(1)
Jute leaves are bitter in taste and their taste also varies based on their age. If the leaf is harvested at an early age it is typically more tender and flavorful, while the older ones are earthier and fibrous.
Having a slippery texture, jute leaves are used as a thickening agent in soups, stews, and curries. They can be frozen, dried, and can even be used fresh.
Nutrition of Jute Leaves
One cup of raw jute contains 10 calories, 1 gram protein, 2 grams fat, 4% of the daily value of calcium, 7% of the daily value of iron, 4% of the daily value of magnesium, 3% of the daily value of potassium, 12% of the daily value of vitamin C, 12% of the daily value of riboflavin, 9% of the daily value of folate and 9% of the daily value of vitamin A.(2) Jute leaves are low in calories and contain important minerals along with the vitamin important for the body.
4 Amazing Benefits of Jute Leaves
Along with having culinary uses, jute leaves are also known for their medicinal benefits.
Protects Against Inflammation
Jute leaves are known to have the highest amount of omega-3 fats compared with other vegetables.(3) Omega 3 is important for brain development and plays a role in reducing inflammation.(4) Its rich sources are nuts, fish, and vegetable oil and now you know jute leaf too.
Jute leaves provide alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) that is converted to eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are the active forms needed by the body.(5)
Jute leaves also contain lycopene, which is an antioxidant that protects the body against oxidative damage. Cooked jute leaves and older jute leaves have higher levels of lycopene.(6)
Jute leaves are known for their anti-inflammatory effect on the liver. A study showed rats who ate jute leaves for 30 days had improved liver antioxidant statuses.(7)
Improves Bone Health
Jute leaves have high calcium and magnesium content. These two minerals are important for daily bodily functions. In combination, these two minerals help in maintaining bone functions and improving bone health.(8)
Bones are not able to absorb calcium properly if the magnesium level is low. This leads to the deposition of calcium in the blood vessels and kidneys causing stones and increasing the risk of heart disease.(9) Also, poor calcium and magnesium ratio increases the risk of osteoporosis due to the inability of the bones to absorb calcium.
Supports Immune System
The immune system of the body plays a role in defending the body against several diseases. To function properly the immune system requires several nutrients. A cup of cooked jute contains 28.7 mg of vitamin C.(10)
Vitamin C contains antioxidants that protect cells from oxidative damage caused by stress, environmental pollutants, medications, lifestyle habits, and more.
Vitamin A is another nutrient that is found in jute leaves. It is critical for enhancing the immune system function and producing and regulating immune cells, which is effective in treating infection.(11)
Downsides of Jute Leaves
A person can be allergic to jute leaves. Food allergies can be life-threatening and can lead to dangerous reactions. If the immune system reacts to a certain thing, it can result in hives, swelling of the mouth or lips, and respiratory problems.(12) If on eating jute leave any signs of allergy is noticed, a doctor should be consulted immediately.
Jute leaves are very popular and extremely versatile vegetables. It is rich in immune system enhancing and bone supporting nutrients. It can be added to the foods such as stews, curries, and can also be eaten raw.