Benefits of Jicama

Why does 9021Pho use jicama in so many of their dishes? From the Fresh Rolls and Vegan Spring Rolls to the Tamarind Tossed

 Salad, Chef Kimmy Tang has integrated a valuable root vegetable into her cuisine that has more benefits than most of us realize.

Jicama is a round, fleshy taproot vegetable of the bean family. Its underground starchy root is one of the popular edible root
vegetables grown in many parts of Central American, South Asian, the Caribbean, and some Andean South American regions. Its refreshing, crispy, ice-white fruit-like pulp is eaten raw or cooked in a variety of sweet and savory dishes worldwide.

Some of the common names of this tuber are yam bean, Mexican water chestnut, Mexican turnip, sengkwang, yacon…etc. It is pronounced as hecama.

Health Benefits of Jicama:

  •   comprises of dietary fiber and anti-oxidants, in addition to small proportions of minerals and vitamins.
  • It’s low calorie root vegetables containing only 35 calories per 100 grams. However, its high quality phyto-nutrition profileIt is one of the finest source dietary fiber and excellent source of oligofructose inulin, a soluble dietary fiber. The root pulp provides 4.9 mg or 13% of fiber. Inulin is a zero calorie, sweet inert carbohydrate and does not metabolize in the human body, which make the root an ideal sweet snack for diabetics and dieters.
  • As in turnips, fresh yam bean tubers are rich in vitamin C; provide about 20.2 mg or 34% of DRA of vitamin C per 100 g. Vitamin-C is a powerful water-soluble anti-oxidant that helps body scavenge harmful free radicals, thereby offers protection from cancers, inflammation and viral cough and cold.
  • It also contains small levels of some of valuable B-complex group of vitamins such as folates, riboflavin, pyridoxine, pantothenic acid and thiamin.
  • Further, it provides healthy amounts of some important minerals like magnesium, copper, iron and manganese.

All of these benefits are found in one root–Jicama. That’s why Chef Kimmy and her team at 9021Pho work daily to infuse the powerful health benefits of this root vegetable and other plant life into the dishes at her restaurants.

CLICK HERE  to try this easy Fresh Rolls Recipe from Chef Kimmy that uses jicama!

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Written by: Jennifer Bittinger, 9021Pho Blogger

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