The chayote, botanically known as Sechium edule, is the edible fruit of a tropical perennial vine plant, the chayotera or guatila, which is a member of the cucurbit family; The same as the melon, pumpkin and cucumber.
Although the most commercially known varieties are lime green and pear shaped, chayote have many different forms. Although their common denominator is the taste of the fruit.
As chayote is used in many cultures many other common names have been adopted, including 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
Although cultivated mainly for culinary purposes, it brings health benefits, thanks to its properties, which include the slimming and regenerative cells. It has a high content of antioxidants, proteins and vitamin C
In addition, it has a great diuretic effect, so it avoids fluid accumulation and improves circulation.
Thanks to its amino acids, it favors the formation of antibodies, enzymes and collagen. This helps fight hair loss, fatigue, maintain skin health, balance cholesterol, reduce stress, and increase muscle strength, because it promotes the creation of creatine.
The presence of the amino acid tyrosine, helps in the treatment against depression, as well as it intervenes in the health of the pituitary gland and thyroid.
In summary, the properties of the chayote are as follows:
-The fruit has a low content of starch.
-Provides a good amount of antioxidants, vitamin C, and contains a number of essential amino acids.
-Contains various minerals, including potassium, calcium, iron and folic acid.
-Contributes to the regeneration of cells.
-It has a diuretic effect.
-Provides few calories.
Ally for slimming with chayote
Consumption of 100 grams provides just 22 calories, making it a real alternative for those who want to lose weight, compared, for example, with the 350 calories of cooked rice.
This amount contains 0.2 g of fats, but none of them are saturated. It provides 2.2 grams of fiber, 15 mg of potassium, 22.4 mg of calcium, 5.1 g of carbohydrates and 1.1 g of proteins and essential amino acids, highly beneficial to health.
Detox effect with chayote
The presence of potassium helps in the fight to 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 contribute to renal functioning, circulation, and control blood pressure.
Versatile chayote fruit
Although it is somewhat tasteless, this is an advantage, because it absorbs any flavor added to it, such as spices, sugar, salt and fruits. It can be cooked in the oven, boiled or stewed.
It is also used to prepare sweet and sour dishes and desserts; As a substitute for the apple, is used to make feet. The leaves are used in Infusions, and the roots become substitutes of the potatoes.