Jicama - a new superfood for 2014? Women's Health & Fitness

Jicama

What is it?
A root vegetable originally from the Mexican coast. “Jicama is an excellent probiotic food that contains fructo-oligosaccharides – long-chain health sugars,” Wolfe explains.

What do you do with it?
“With good, friendly bacteria in the gut, jicama is about as sweet and about as hybridised as your average carrot – meaning it’s a versatile food,” says Wolfe.

Is it super?
Despite a 2005 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition finding that foods containing jicama may lower colon cancer risk, Wolfe says its benefits are limited – especially considering that only the root is edible. “No, although it is a great source of fibre and a delicious root vegetable, there are not enough benefits for it to be a super food,” Wolfe says. “It is also susceptible to mould and therefore difficult to find organic,” he adds.