During the hottest season of the year is always good to seek fresh options to include in our menu and in this sense jicama is excellent. This leguminous plant from Mexico and is also found in some Central American countries. It was later introduced to the Philippines by the Spaniards and then spread throughout different countries in Southeast Asia, China and Indonesia. These are some of the virtues of this tuber.
1. It is low in calories.
Jicama word comes from the Nahuatl xicamatl and the edible part is actually the root, which is made up almost 90% of water, which is extremely low in calories. So it’s an excellent choice for eating between meals without gaining weight.
2. Ideal for diabetics.
Sweet taste comes from a starch called oligofructose inulin, which is not metabolized by the human body. It also has a low glycemic index, this makes it ideal for those suffering from diabetes.
3. It has a high content of dietary fiber.
Each serving of jicama is equivalent to a quarter of the daily intake of dietary fiber and inulin content, which we mentioned earlier promotes bone health because it improves the absorption of calcium content in other foods. Inulin also has a role in digestive health.
4. It is nutritious.
This tuber is an excellent source of vitamin C as each serving contains 44% of what we should consume daily. This vitamin is important because it acts as an antioxidant to neutralize free radicals that cause chronic inflammation. On the other hand it contains potassium which is effective to reduce the risk of heart disease. As if this were not enough jicama contains riboflavin, pantothenic acid, thiamine and minerals like copper, iron and magnesium.