Jícama: Learn about the benefits of Mexican food

 Jícama: Learn about the benefits of Mexican food

Lena Fisher

Abroad, the fans of healthy eating have idolized the jícama Also known as potato-mexicana, pelenga or nabo-mexicano, it is a tuber originally from Mexico, but still a little hard to find in Brazil.

However, the increase in its consumption has spread its cultivation, to the point that Asia has become the largest producer in the world.

Its flesh is juicy and crunchy, with a slightly sweet flavor reminiscent of apple and oilseed. With a texture similar to a pear, it can be used in sweet and savory dishes, raw or cooked. After removing the peel, the pulp can be used:

  • In the vegetable salad;
  • Combined with mango, pineapple, or papaya;
  • Fry in olive oil;

Read also: 7 benefits of sweet potatoes for your health

Benefits of Jícama

Rich in nutrients

The tuber has many important vitamins and minerals. In addition, a significant amount of fiber. 130 grams of the food can be found:

Calories: 49

Carbohydrates: 12 grams

Protein: 1 gram

Fats: 0.1 grams

Fiber: 6.4 grams

Vitamin C: 44% of the recommended daily intake (RDI)

Folate: 4% of RDI

Iron: 4% of RDI

Magnesium: 4% of RDI

Potassium: 6% of RDI

Manganese: 4% of RDI

However, this carbohydrate is low in calories and high in fiber and water, making it a favorable food for weight loss.

Jícama is antioxidant

Jícama contains several antioxidants, which are beneficial plant compounds that help prevent damage to cells by fighting free radicals, the molecules that cause oxidative stress.

Oxidative stress has been associated with chronic diseases, including cancer and diabetes, for example.

Cardioprotective properties

It offers a significant amount of soluble dietary fiber, so it can help lower cholesterol levels. It is also a source of potassium, which helps lower blood pressure.

In addition, it can improve circulation because it is abundant in iron and copper, both of which are necessary for healthy red blood cells.

Helps digestion

It is rich in inulin, a prebiotic fiber that can be used by bacteria in the body, so eating prebiotic foods promotes the growth of types of bacteria that can lower the risk of chronic diseases such as heart or kidney problems.

Enhances weight loss

Jícama is rich in water and fiber, so, promotes satiety and inhibits hunger In this way, the fiber slows down digestion, which helps to keep blood sugar levels from rising.

Also read: Natural appetite suppressant foods

Lena Fisher

Lena Fisher is a wellness enthusiast, certified nutritionist, and author of the popular health and well-being blog. With over a decade of experience in the field of nutrition and health coaching, Lena has dedicated her career to helping people achieve their optimal health and live their best life possible. Her passion for wellness has led her to explore various approaches to achieving overall health, including diet, exercise, and mindfulness practices. Lena's blog is a culmination of her years of research, experience, and personal journey towards finding balance and well-being. Her mission is to inspire and empower others to make positive changes in their lives and embrace a healthy lifestyle. When she's not writing or coaching clients, you can find Lena practicing yoga, hiking the trails, or experimenting with new healthy recipes in the kitchen.