The chayote plant is botanically known by the name of Sechium Edule and it comes from the tropical perennial vine plant and the chayote is the edible part of it. It pertains to the family of cucurbit similar to the melon, pumpkin and cucumber.
The cayote fruit has been used by many civilizations throughout the years and the most commercially known varieties of this fruit are the lime and pear shaped fruits. The most common denominator of this fruit is the taste.
Properties of Chayote
This plant is mostly cultivated for many culinary purposes but other than that it can give you amazing health benefits. It contains high amounts of antioxidants, proteins, vitamin C and can act as a natural diuretic which means it can remove all the excess water build-up in the body. It can also improve the blood circulation.
This plant contains amino acids that play a huge role in the formation of enzymes, collagen and antibodies. Consuming this plant on a daily basis can help promote skin health, hair health, balance cholesterol, reduce fatigue and hair loss, reduce stress and increase muscle strength. Tyrosine is one very present amino acid that can help with signs of depression and intervenes in problems with the thyroid gland.
Other important health properties of chayote:
- Has an amazing diuretic effect.
- Has a very low content of starch.
- Improves circulation.
- Promotes weight loss since it has low amount of calories.
- Has regenerative properties that contribute to the regeneration of cells.
- Contains many minerals like calcium, magnesium, folic acid, potassium and iron.
- Contains essential amino acids and a lot of vitamin C and antioxidants.
This plant is versatile and it is basically tasteless which make it a great additive to many culinary masterpieces since it absorbs all the other ingredients added to it.
It is very versatile and can be used in any combination and can be baked, boiled, steamed and stewed. Some people use this fruit as a substitute for apples and other also use the leaves for infusions.
Weight Loss Ally
Since this fruit contains fiber and very little calories it can promote weight loss. 100 grams contain only 22 calories and no saturated fats and 2.2 grams of fiber which can reduce the craving and help you weight loss goal.
This plant contains many important vitamins and minerals that can greatly benefits the health and provide detoxifying properties.
The presence of potassium and the diuretic effect it has can detoxify the body and get rid of excess toxins and liquids from the body. This can contribute to blood circulation, blood pressure and renal functioning.