Ackee is a plant which produces fruit. It is located across West Africa, the Caribbean and southern Florida as well as Central America. The ripe ackee fruit is consumed for food and is considered to be a staple of the diet in Jamaica. However, unripe ackee is extremely toxic.
The majority of ackee products were prohibited from entering the US over the last 30 years due to fears regarding the risk of poisoning by unripe fruits. The US has only recently started to allow import canned ripe Ackee on a limited basis.
Ackee is a popular fruit to treat a variety of health issues. There isn’t any reliable scientific evidence to back these claims, and eating unripe Ackee fruits can be harmful.
The unripe fruit of ackee can be unfit to eat, even if it’s been cooked. In addition, the water used in cooking the unripe fruit can be toxic. The unripe fruit is contaminated with harmful chemicals that can affect the liver. The unripe fruit may also result in severely lower blood sugar, seizures, and even death.
Children: It is UNSAFE to offer the unripe fruit of ackee to children. Children are more susceptible to the harmful consequences of eating ackee than adult. There’s not enough information to establish whether the fruit that is ripe is safe for children to consume.
Breast-feeding and pregnancy: It is not safe to consume ackee that are not ripe when you are pregnant or breastfeeding. There’s not enough information to determine if the unripe fruit is safe to eat during breastfeeding and during pregnancy. Be on the safe side and stay clear of its use.
Effects of Ackee includes;
- Water retention (edema)
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