A Hidden Gem For Managing Your Weight


Jicama Root with Limes

Mostly unknown for its benefits, Jicama is slowly gaining popularity as a super food, especially when it comes to weight loss. For the residents of Southeast Asia, the tuber is a mainstay. Although the peel is inedible, the inside contains an abundance of nutrients including massive amounts of soluble fiber. An organic toxin called rotenone is found within the peel and must be removed before it is eaten.

Jicama looks somewhat like a potato. As a tuber, it grows on a vine along the ground and thrives in warmer, sub-tropical temperatures. The tuber helps the body to absorb calcium and other nutrients but it isn't metabolized by the body. Its consistency makes it ideal for almost any type of dish. It can be used in stir fries as well as salads. Its origins in Southeast Asia allows it to be easily incorporated into Asian and other Oriental dishes.

Jicama works well in diets because it offers maximum nutrients with a minimum of calories. A 100-gram serving contains only 35 calories. Studies have shown that the tuber can help to regulate blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol in the blood stream and strengthens blood vessels throughout the body. From large veins and arteries to the smallest of capillaries, jicama helps to keep the structure of the vessels strong and prevent various forms of cardiovascular disease. Because of its effects on the small capillaries, it is also believed that jicama may also prevent renal failure. It also helps to reduce levels of homocysteine within the body.

Adding jicama to your diet not only offers additional nutrients, the starch it provides acts as an energy booster. If you are trying to lose weight, including jicama offers you the benefits of additional energy with the nutrients to keep your body strong and healthy.

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