How This Helps

Useful for:  Acid Reflux
According to studies conducted by the University of Maryland, jicama salad is ideal for people suffering from acid reflux due to the action of lemon juice. Lemon juice helps in reducing the symptoms of heartburn.

Nutrition Information:
Serving Size:62 g
Calories: 23.9 kcal
Total Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 6.2 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 6 g
Dietary Fiber: 3 g
Sugars: 1 g
Protein: 0.5 g

Key Ingredients:  Jicama + Lemon juice

Instructions

  • Jicama is better eaten raw to preserve the nutrients. It can be sliced to any desired length or width. Only sprinkle enough amounts of lemon juice and chili powder to maintain the right combination of flavors.

  • Preparation and Cooking Time: 10 minutes
    Serves: 12 servings

Science and Research

Jicama is alkaline in nature and helps in neutralizing the acids in the gut. To add flavor, lemon juice and chili pepper are added.  Lemon contains potassium that helps in reducing stomach acid and Capsaicin in chili peppers protects the stomach lining.

What is Jicama?

Jicama is a starchy root vegetable like a  turnip or a potato. Jicama can be eaten either raw or cooked in a huge array of dishes. There are lots of diverse ways to eat jicama. It can also be eaten plain, or with a dip, or integrated into dishes such as salads and stir-fries. After removing the rough, brown peel, the white flesh can be cut into slices or cubes.

Other than this recipe, there are some other ways to incorporate jicama into your daily diet:

Add it to a vegetable salad for additional crunch.

Blend with papaya, mango, or pineapple  for a tropical fruit salad

Serve as a dip like guacamole or hummus in thick slices.

Add it into a vegetable platter.

Make it with lime juice and chili powder for a hot snack.

Even though the jicama root is safe to eat, the rest of the plant, including the beans, are poisonous.

See: Ayurvedic herbs for constipation relief

See: Ayurveda for GERD, Constipation & Digestive Health

Jicama health benefits

Jicama is dense in nutrients but low in calories. This makes it a great option for people wanting to lose weight while still obtaining a healthful balance of minerals and vitamins. Jicama is also very low in fat and sugar and possibly a suitable substitute for starchy, high carbohydrate vegetables.

It could be a fantastic potato substitute for those who have diabetes. It may be a useful option for individuals:

- with celiac disease

- looking to consume more fiber

- eating a healthful-heart diet

- Healthful source of dietary fiber: Jicama is a healthy source of dietary fiber and prebiotic fiber. Jicama is a fantastic source of fiber. A 1-cup or 130-gram (gram ) serving of raw jicama include 6.4 gram of dietary fiber. Dietary fiber may prevent or cure constipation. In addition, it can help stabilize a person's blood glucose, which might help treat or protect against diabetes. High-fiber diets also encourage regular bowel movements and reduce the possibility of heart disease, according to the FDA.

- Source of antioxidants: Jicama is a fantastic supply of vitamin C. Just 1-cup, or 130-g serving of raw jicama comprises 26.3 mg (mg) of vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, meaning it might offset the effects of oxidative stress within the body. According to the NCCIH (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health), oxidative stress may play a role in aging and lots of diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

Prebiotic: Probiotics are bacteria and yeast which are beneficial to human health. Living in every individual's gut is a sizable community of bacteria. Consuming foods or supplements that contain probiotics might help restore the natural balance of the community. Research links probiotics with many health benefits, including improved digestion, gut health, and a lower risk of certain infections. Prebiotics are a different type of fiber that the body can't digest. Prebiotics supports the development of probiotics by supplying them with food. Jicama is full of inulin, a form of prebiotic fiber.

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