Chayote, scientifically known as Sechium edule, is a green vegetable belonging to the pumpkin family. It is also known as vegetable pear, mirliton squash or choko. Chayote is native to Mexico, but is now widely cultivated and consumed in various parts of the world.
Chayote is considered a healthy vegetable due to its low calorie content and high nutritional value. It contains essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and dietary fiber, making it a beneficial addition to a balanced diet. Continue reading as we share a list of benefits you can get from consuming chayote.
Below we present some health benefits that are achieved by consuming chayote:
1. Improves heart health
Due to a high-fat diet, which increases the risk of further accumulation of fat in the arteries, many people today suffer from heart disease. As a result, it is more difficult for the heart to pump blood into the arteries. By inhibiting the buildup of cholesterol in the arteries, the flavonoids found in chayotes may improve heart health. Chayote is also a high-fiber food, and research indicates that high-fiber foods may help prevent heart disease.
2. It could promote a healthy pregnancy
To support a healthy pregnancy, women need specific nutrients such as iron, calcium, folic acid and key vitamins. The advantages of chayote during pregnancy are that it is a great source of folate, which is important for the growing fetus. Although chayote can help ensure a safe pregnancy, it is important to consult a doctor instead of taking chayote internally.
Antioxidants can decrease inflammation and protect the body from cellular damage. According to studies, antioxidants can slow the aging process and protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Antioxidants and vitamin C are abundant in chayote. The vitamin C in chayote helps the skin by encouraging the creation of collagen, which can diminish age spots such as wrinkles and fine lines, as well as pigmentation.
4. Improve liver health
Excess fat accumulates in liver tissue, a condition known as fatty liver disease. The liver’s ability to function properly can be affected by having too much fat. Animal and test tube studies indicate that chayote extract may protect the liver from fat accumulation, which could help prevent or treat fatty liver disease.
5. Improves intestinal health
Fiber adds bulk to stool and helps maintain regular, comfortable bowel movements. Eating a diet rich in fiber also protects against common digestive disorders such as diverticular disease, hemorrhoids, and constipation. The consumption of foods rich in soluble fiber, such as chayote, also favors the development of good bacteria in the digestive system and enhances the synthesis of molecules known as short-chain fatty acids (SCFA).
6. Weight loss
Chayote is also beneficial for weight loss. The high fiber content may help you feel fuller for long periods by reducing appetite. Promotes a healthy weight while reducing caloric intake. It is also low in calories and very versatile.
These health benefits are achieved through the various nutrients present in chayote, such as vitamins (C, E and K), minerals (potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium), fiber and antioxidants. Regular consumption of chayote can improve overall health by supporting weight management, improving digestion, improving heart health, reducing inflammation, and strengthening the immune system.
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