If you’re looking for different ways to add fiber to your diet, consider incorporating jicama into your recipes. This globe-shaped root vegetable was originally grown in Mexico, though now can be found in the Philippines and other parts of Asia.

Jicama is also called the Mexican potato and Chinese turnip, and has been compared to a water chestnut in terms of taste.

One cup — or 130 grams — of this root vegetable contains 49 calories, 12 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of protein, as little as .1 gram of fat, and 6.4 grams of fiber.

It also contains:

  • Vitamin C: 44% RDI
  • Folate: 4% RDI
  • Iron: 4% RDI
  • Magnesium: 4% RDI
  • Potassium: 6% RDI
  • Manganese: 4% RDI

Jicama has been linked to a number of health benefits, including:

  • improving gut bacteria
  • promoting good digestion
  • aiding in weight loss

There have also been links found between the nutrients in jicama and improving heart health, such as soluble dietary fiber and potassium.

For some inspiration to get you started, check out some of these delicious ideas that we found.

Jicama Crudité Platter via @thepurepracticela


Spring Rolls with Jicama Filling via @mindful_beet


Keto Jicama Fries via @allo.keto


Watercress, Jicama, and Tangelo Salad via A House in the Hills

Watermelon and Jicama Salad via Taste Love and Nourish