Jicama Calories, Recipes
Nutrition Facts

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

If you have never invited the healthy jicama into your kitchen, you are in for a tasty surprise.

It's commonly overlooked and while it is not the most handsome vegetable at the market, it is truly delicious.

The texture is very firm and the flesh is crisp; the flavor reminds me of a cross between a white potato and a water chestnut - with a sweet, nutty hint. It can be added to Mexican style recipes, Asian style recipes - and to salads. One of the wonderful things about jicama is that it doesn't lose its crunch even when cooked - or added raw to salads.

The next time you prepare a salad for your meal plate, peel a small jicama, rinse well and slice some off for your salad. You can also cut the slices into matchstick form.

If you're cooking an Asian style meal, cook your protein and add the jicama (chopped, matchstick form or sliced) to your pan along with the vegetables. Add your favorite Asian style sauce and serve on a bed of steamed rice.

One cup of slices contains about 45 calories. Even the largest specimen contains about 450 calories; a small jicama - only about 140. The small specimen offers almost 18 dietary fiber grams - how impressive is that!

The jicama is also low in dietary fat at only 0.33 total for the small vegetable.

It also contains a good dash of calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc nutritional benefits and is super low in sodium (salt) content.

But those potassium milligrams are outstanding and almost 550 per one small jicama. The large one contains close to 1,000. How does this compare to the super food potassium holders - such as banana and potato?

One-hundred grams of a banana contain 806 mg of potassium while a white russet potato contains 417. While the jicama can't stand up straight to the banana or the potato, it can certainly hold up its little vegetable body proudly at 150 mgs per 100 grams.

And the jicama contains zero cholesterol.

Vitamin C Content of Jicama

Here is where this big boy vegetable shines - Vitamin C content. Neither the potato or the banana can come close to the jicama's Vitamin C content.

The potato contains 5.7 mg per 100 grams while the banana contains 8.7 mgs per 100 grams. The jicama - 20.2 per 100 grams! The small specimen contain almost 74 mgs while the large, over 242 mgs of Vitamin C!

Nutrition Facts, Calories in Jicama, Raw

A large jicama is 1,200 grams, a medium is 659 grams and a small is 365 grams.

Nutritional Elements

1 Cup

1 Large

1 Medium

1 Slice

1 Small

Energy, Calories kcals

49

456

250

2

139

Protein g

0.94

8.64

4.74

0.04

2.63

Total Fat g

0.12

1.08

0.59

0.01

0.33

Carbohydrates g

11.47

105.84

58.12

0.53

32.19

Fiber, Dietary g

6.4

58.8

32.3

0.3

17.9

Sugars g

2.34

21.60

11.86

0.11

6.57

Saturated Fat g

0.027

0.252

0.138

0.001

0.077

Monounsaturated Fat g

0.007

0.060

0.033

0.000

0.018

Polyunsaturated Fat g

0.056

0.516

0.283

0.003

0.157

Cholesterol mg

0

0

0

0

0

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