10 Surprising Health Benefits of Chayote

Did you know that chayote is good for the heart and may also help prevent cancer? Check out the surprising health giving goodness of this cucumber relative.

Although chayote (Sechium edule) is typically prepared as a vegetable, it is in fact a fruit. It’s quite crunchy flesh can be eaten both raw and cooked. Around the world it is known by various names including merliton, christophene and chowchow. It is a member of the squash family and is referred to as the “vegetable pear.”

1.       Good for the heart (Folate – 23% DV)

Chayote is an excellent source of folate, a B vitamin which helps prevent homocystein build-up. Studies have shown that too much of this amino acid in the blood is linked to a higher risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.

2.       May prevent cancer (Vitamin C – 13%)

Vitamin C is known as one of the powerful antioxidants, substances that may protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Studies suggest that antioxidants may slow or possibly prevent cancer development. 

3.       Energizes the body (Manganese – 9%)

Start your day with a breakfast of chayote omelet. Its manganese content helps the body convert protein and fat to energy.

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4.       Guard against constipation (Fiber – 7%)

Need more fiber? Promote bowel regularity by adding this vegetable to your diet.

5.       Keeps thyroid healthy (Copper – 6%)

It helps iodine in keeping the thyroid healthy by providing copper, a mineral linked in thyroid metabolism, especially in hormone production and absorption.

6.       Helps prevent acne (Zinc – 5%)

It is a good source of zinc, a mineral which has shown to influence hormones which controls the production of oil in the skin.

7.       Prevents bone loss (Vitamin K)

Tell grandma to eat chayote for a natural supply of vitamin K. Studies revealed a connection between vitamin K and osteoporosis.

8.       Eases tired and heavy legs (Potassium – 4%)

Tired and heavy legs are the body’s signal that it needs more potassium. Have some potassium-rich foods to prevent this condition.

9.       Good for the brain (Vitamin B6 – 4%)

Study participants have shown that vitamin B6 helps improve memory performance in some age groups.

10.   Put leg cramps in check (Magnesium – 3%)

Chayote also contains magnesium, an electrolyte and a mineral which helps prevent muscle cramps.

Nutrient data source: USDA

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  1. Great Information……thanks for share.

  2. Really great. How wonderful the benefit of chayote.

  3. Great article JK. I know it as chocho and I didn’t know it had so many benefits.
    Chocho is good for persons with high blood pressure. It can be dangerous to consume too much raw chocho because it drops the blood pressure dramatically.

  4. Very good hitherto unknown information to me..

  5. wow i was really surprise..i tend to ignore this chayote but thanks to your article..I learned about thebenifits..I gotta tell mom to cook me one..


  6. Thanks for sharing this important info. :-)

  7. I love this. Without the helpful picture, I would not have identified it. For some reason, we call it either ‘chow chow’ ( slight variation from SharifaMcFarlane), or strangely ‘Bangalore Brinjal’. I love this veggie, so do my children. It’s got a delectable sweet taste. Great to know its benefits. You’ve presented it very well.

  8. Wala akong problema dito– tinola, ginisa, ginata etc. masarap at masustansya. useful post JK.

  9. Very interesting, I like this vegetable – nutritious one.

  10. These sound like good reasons to give Chayote a try.

  11. Great article! I learned a lot. Thanks!

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  13. Wow, i was surprised that Chayote has all those health benefits. it’s one of my favorite veggies…or fruit. (I just learned that from your article that its actually a fruit!)

    Thanks for the post.

  14. hmmmm thanks a lot for the info great help to me

  15. Thanks for this healthy tips. I will now eat chayote regularly =)

  16. like the info coz lots of chayote here

  17. i’ve been eating this chayote vegiesfor about,, 45 years , and every time i eat it i feel so relax ,fresh energetic and so much more , but to tell you the thruth. i never knew all these benefits of it , now that i do , i won’t stop using it,thankyou for the infformation very helpful.

  18. Eat more of this !

  19. Great to learn of all the health benefits, its really delicious when added to soups and stews.

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