Can you eat jicama on keto?

In this brief guide, we will address the question, “can you eat jicama on keto?”. We will also discuss what a keto diet is, its caution, and also why jicama is recommended for the diet.

Can you eat jicama on keto?

Yes, jicama has low carbs and so is safe for someone on a keto diet. Jicama is also recommended because of its high fiber and high water content (1,2).

What is the nutritional value of jicama?

Jicama contains a lot of water (approximately 90 %), the rest are complex carbohydrates like fibers, and a bit of protein. In a cup of 130g, jicama has (1,2):

  • 0.936 g protein
  • 11.5g carbs
  • 6.37 g fiber
  • 49.4 calories
  • 0.1g fat
  • 26.3 mg Vitamin c

What are the health benefits of eating jicama?

Jicama is not a food with a lot of bioactive components or special nutrients, in fact, jicama provides mainly water, fiber, and vitamin C. Therefore, the possible health benefits of jicama are (1,3,4):

  • The high content of water in jicama promotes good hydration. Hydration is essential for a good metabolism and all the processes in your body. Actually, dehydration is very dangerous in children and elderly.
  • Fiber is a non-digestible carbohydrate that is fermented when it reaches your gut. fiber prevents and alleviates constipation, when fermented, it produces short-chain-fatty acids which are linked to a lower risk of colon cancer.
  • The fiber also enhances the intestine motility, which prevents the presence of diverticulosis.
  • Another benefit of fiber is that it can enhance your satiety sensations after eating, therefore, you can eat less food due to the fullness. Satiety is beneficial for achieving negative energy balance and losing weight.
  • Vitamin C is one of the most common vitamins, it is known for its antioxidant capacity and for improving your immune system against respiratory diseases. 

What is a keto diet?

A ketogenic diet is a high fat, low carb, adequate-protein diet. It shares similarities with low-carb diets and Atkins. It involves reducing carbohydrate intake drastically (below 50 g a day) and replacing it with fat to initiate ketosis (5).

When this happens, the body is forced to burn fats for energy at a high rate and also can turn fats into ketones in the liver which in turn can supply the brain with energy (5).

The ketogenic diet is a short-term diet focused on weight loss; but it can be used for therapeutics in different conditions (we will discuss them in a bit).

How does a ketogenic diet work?

When one eats less than 50 grams of carbs a day, your body runs out of blood sugar it can quickly use. When this happens the body starts to break down proteins and fats for energy, which can make one lose weight. This is called ketosis (5).

You must eat a proper amount of protein and exercise to avoid muscle loss, the main objective of ketosis is to use only fats as an energy source and not protein (5).

If you want to know more about keto diets, please follow this link. Additionally, please ask for a nutritionist’s advice to adjust all your macronutrients requirements for a keto diet.

What are the health benefits of a keto diet?

As mentioned before, the keto diet could be used as a nutritional treatment for different conditions, for example (5,6,7):

  • Prevents and alleviates acne: There is no clear mechanism on this effect, but it seems like the inflammation of skin during acne is related to insulin, which is regulated by the keto diet.
  • The keto diet regulates the lipids in blood, such as cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol. LDL-cholesterol transport lipids to the arteries, being the main contributor to stroke and cardiovascular risk; therefore, keto diet can improve your cardiovascular health.
  • The use of ketones by the keto diet reduces brain hyperactivity, which could be beneficial in conditions like epilepsy. 
  • Keto diet induces weight loss and modification of fat body mass, which is beneficial for preventing diabetes.
  • The keto diet can reduce the energy supply for cancer cells, resulting in cancer cell death; therefore, a keto diet can reduce the risk of certain cancers
  • The regulation of insulin, glucose, and weight achieved by the keto diet can  improve the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) symptoms.

How to incorporate jicama in a keto diet?

You can incorporate jicama into your diet by eating it raw or in salads. There are a lot of recipes which substitute non keto friendly foods like chips, or french fries with jicama. This could be an excellent way to satisfy some cravings during a keto diet without compromising your objectives.

Please follow this link to check out jicama recipes.

What type of food is recommended for a person on a keto diet?

  • Avocados – are heart-healthy fats because they have low cholesterol
  • Berries – are rich in antioxidants which help reduce free radicals hence reducing the chances of cancer
  • Cheese is low in carbs and has high proteins and vitamins
  • Eggs- are high in proteins, minerals, and B Vitamins
  • Meat and poultry provide lean proteins and are considered a staple in a keto diet
  • Plain Greek yogurt and cottage cheese have low carbs and are rich in minerals and 

Proteins, and have high-fat content

  • Unsweetened coffee and tea since they have no carbs is considered in a keto diet

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In this brief guide, we have addressed the question, “can you eat jicama on keto?”. We have also discussed what a keto diet is, its caution, and also why jicama is recommended for the diet.


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