Jicama is a root vegetable, and actually part of the legume family. It grows on vines and is native to Central America and the Caribbean.
Jicama has a texture of the cross between a turnip and an apple; it’s slightly crispy and has a pretty bland taste, taking on the flavor of anything you pair it with.
Jicama is an incredible source of fiber and a great food to add to your regimen to ensure your eating enough prebiotics.
Jicama is unique, in that it’s fiber contains inulin, which doesn’t metabolize in the body – meaning it’s not utilized as an energy source. In the intestines, inulin has a prebiotic role and promotes the “good” bacteria growth. This helps you maintain both a healthy colon and a strong immune system. Prebioitcs help the probioitcs do their job. You can think of it as food for the probitoics. Due to it’s low glycemic index score, jicama is great for diabetics or those sensitive to sugar, making it a great tool for weight management.
Jicama also enhances the absorption of calcium from other foods, keeping your bones healthy and strong. It’s a great source of antioxidants and vitamin C, to rid free radicals; keeping your skin pretty and protecting you from things like virus’s, cancer and inflammation.
Jicama is namely profound in potassium, crucial for you inner systems to function in sync and is high in vitamins folate, riboflavin, thiamin, as well as, the minerals magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese.
HOW TO JICAMA?!
Jicama goes decent as an addition to salads, yet i’ve come across a brilliant way to add jicama to your nutrition regime that has become my new favorite for more than the taste!
When consuming sugar of any source, it’s a good idea to pair it with fiber, so you create a slow release into the body; preventing blood sugar and insulin spikes.
In Dessert in Disguise, my latest e-book full of indulgent-free dessert bowls that also double as a healthy dinner option, I’ve strategically paired jicama and other fibrous sources with the bowls that contain fruit, to allow you to enjoy nature’s candy without any sugar crashes or insulin spikes; sending you off to sleep with extra sweet dreams!
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