Native to Brazil, this vegetable has an amazing nutritional profile
A vegetable belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family, chayote is a concentrate of extraordinary benefits. When listing them, you must first remember the presence of the antioxidants. Entering into the heart of these precious health allies, we mention in particular the content of quercetin, but also that of myricetin and kaempferol. Not to be forgotten is the fact that chayote squash is a portentous source of vitamin C.
When it comes to why chayote is good for your health, it's worth remembering that this vegetable is an extraordinary concentrate of fiber. Plus, it's low in calories. Returning to fibers for a moment, it is worth remembering their positive repercussions on weight, which has been at the center of scientific attention for some time.
Among the many research works carried out in this regard, it is possible to mention a study, made public in 2014, which focused on the impact of soluble dietary fiber on gastric emptying. The research in question, which involved an active team at Peking Union Medical College Hospital, was based on the monitoring of the conditions of 30 patients with type 2 diabetes and 10 healthy subjects, arriving at the conclusion that the presence of soluble in the diet can promote the slowing of gastric emptying, with obvious advantages in optimizing satiety.
We could go on and on about the benefits of chayote! Several studies on animal models – among which it is possible to cite a research published in 2010 and conducted at the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro – have highlighted the ability that its extract has to relax blood vessels, with positive effects on the reduction of blood pressure. (never forget that hypertension is a major risk factor for heart health).
Rich in vitamin B9 and therefore recommended – in the absence of contraindications – both during pregnancy and when looking for a baby, chayote, by virtue of the aforementioned presence of vitamin C, can prove to be crucial for the beauty of the skin. In fact, ascorbic acid is necessary for the synthesis of collagen, a fundamental protein for human connective tissue and for the firmness of the skin.
At this point, it is natural to wonder how to consume this bright green skinned vegetable. Versatile in cooking, chayote can be eaten both raw – added to smoothies for example – and cooked, added to soups or stews. We conclude by pointing out that, before introducing it in the diet, it is advisable to consult your doctor.