I buy jicama at the grocery store every couple of weeks because I absolutely love it raw, cubed and tossed in a salad. It’s taste is a cross between a turnip, pear and water chestnut. If you haven’t heard of it, don’t worry… most people haven’t. In fact, the cashier at the grocery store usually asks me what it is. What you really need to know is that it is fantastic for your health.
Health Benefits of Jicama
- It is naturally low in calories. A one cup serving of sliced raw jicama has 49 calories, 6 grams of fiber and less than 2 grams of natural sugar.
- It is one of the best sources of fiber called oligofructose inulin, which is a soluble dietary fiber. Inulin is a zero calorie fiber. It does not metabolize in our bodies, which makes it great for diabetics and people trying to lose weight.
- It is rich in vitamin C which is so vital to our health. Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant that helps the body scavenge harmful free radicals. Clinical research shows that Vitamin C plays a role in protecting us from cancers. inflammation, viruses and colds.
- They are a good source of energy producing B vitamins
- They are a good source of minerals such as Magnesium, copper iron and manganese.
Choose a well-formed, firm, round, medium size jicama and store it like a potato. Peel off the skin – it is not edible. Jicama is best cubed, sliced, chopped or stir-fried.
Someone famous once said, “Variety is the spice of life.” Next time you are at the grocery store, why not shake things up a bit and substitute your regular salad veg with some jicama. Your taste buds will thank you!