The chayote, botanically known as Sechium edule fit fruit for human consumption. It is a fruit of a tropical perennial vine plant, the chayotera or guatila, belongs to the cucurbit family, same as the melon, pumpkin and cucumber.
Although the most commercially variations are lime green and pear shaped. Chayote has many different forms. In spite of the fact that they have different forms their common denominator is the taste of the fruit.
We can say that chayote is used in many cultures and many other common names have been adopted. They are pear and Mirliton in North America, sayote and green gold in the Philippines, christophene in the Caribbean, pipinella in Italy, pipinola in Hawaii, and Originally chayotli by the Aztecs.
Properties of chayote
Mainly chayote is cultivated for culinary purposes its properties allow slimming and regenerative cells. It brings a lot of health benefits thanks to a high content of antioxidants, proteins and vitamin C.
In addition, with his great diuretic effect, you can avoid fluid accumulation and improves circulation.
Thanks to its amino acids it approval the formation of antibodies, enzymes and collagen. Because it promotes the creation of creatine , it is good for protect you from hair loss, fatigue, maintain skin health, balance cholesterol, reduce stress, and increase muscle strength, because.
Presence of the amino acid tyrosine is a support for the treatment against depression. It also can help in the health of the pituitary gland and thyroid.
In summary, the properties of the chayote are in bellow:
- -Contains various minerals, including potassium, calcium, iron and folic acid.
- -Contributes to the regeneration of cells.
- -Improves circulation.
- -The fruit has a low content of starch.
- -It has a diuretic effect.
- -Provides few calories.
- -Provides a good amount of antioxidants, vitamin C, and contains a number of essential amino acids.
Ally for slimming with chayote
For example, compare with the 350 calories of cooked rice eating of 100 grams provides just 22 calories. This is a real alternative for those who want to lose weight.
This amount contains:
0.2 g of fats, but none of them are saturated,
It can provide:
- 2.2 grams of fiber,
- 15 mg of potassium,
- 22.4 mg of calcium,
- 5.1 g of carbohydrates,
- 1.1 g of proteins and essential amino acids.
Detox effect with chayote
Potassium helps with the problems of detoxify and lose weight. The qualities of this fruit as a diuretic are known, which makes it an excellent alternative to eliminate deposits of liquids and improve renal functioning, circulation, and manage blood pressure.
Versatile chayote fruit
Although it is somewhat tasteless, because it absorbs any flavor added to it, like spices, sugar, salt and fruits. This is a lead. You can cook it in the oven, eat boiled or stewed.
We recommend you to prepare sweet and sour dishes and desserts with this fruit. It is use as a substitute for the apple. The leaves are used in Infusions. The roots become substitutes of the potatoes.