Properties of chayotes
EDIBLE PROPERTIES OF CHAYOTE
Chayote is a very suitable vegetable for people with weight loss problems
Chayotes contain much water and very few calories. Its potassium content is very high. This makes it a very suitable food to control the level of fluids in the body. Potassium helps to remove excess of water retained in our body, promoting diuresis.
Chayotes are similar to courguettes
It has been said that chayotes have similar properties to courgettes, and indeed the content of many components is similar (see table at the bottom of this page). Chayote contains less potassium, less sodium and has a similar proportion of water and calories.
On the other hand, it contains a higher percentage of carbohydrates, thus it provides a feeling of stomach fullness longer than courgettes.
To put it another way, it "keeps us full without fattening us." This provided that we eat them boiled. If we fry them, even being delicious, their calorie level increases, something which is not very suitable for those with overweight or for people who want to lose weight.
Boiled chayotes, ready to be used
Chayotes are good to cleanse your body
The draining capacity offered by this vegetable is not only interesting for the control of body weight. By increasing urination, your body expels, along with the urine, a lot of toxins.
As a result, chayotes are also well suited in cleansing diets, just before the season changes to regenerate one's body or when this type of drainage helps in the treatment of metabolic abnormalities (rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, acne, hypertension, etc)
Photo of chayotes. One is cut to show the seed and the flesh sorrounding it.
Chayote, a very remineralizing food
Equally important is this mineral in the health of our defenses as well as the formation of bones and teeth. 100 grams of this vegetable provides the necessary amount of this mineral.
Chayotes are rich in amino acids
Besides minerals, chayotes are rich in other components. Among them, it is worth mentioning their amino acid content., Amino acids, besides being responsible for the synthesis of proteins, are involved in many body functions (creation of enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters, etc.).
The body forms proteins from 22 amino acids, of which 9 are essential, meaning that the body can not synthesize them and needs to take them food. Chayote contains 7 of the 9 essential amino acids and other non-essential ones:
Essential amino acids in chayote
Nonessential amino acids in chayote:
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES OF CHAYOTE
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This material is for informational purposes only. In case of doubt, consult the doctor.