28 Oct '13, 8am

Is jicama (aka bengkoang - found in #rojak) the next superfood?

Is jicama (aka bengkoang - found in #rojak) the next superfood?

Rich in minerals and vitamin C, jicama deserves a place on your table | Photo: Jiang Hongyan/Shutterstock.com This slightly sweet and crunchy root vegetable may lack the marketing budgets of acai, coconut juice and kale, but it acts as a prebiotic to promote "friendly" bacteria in the gut. Plus it may boost collagen and fight wrinkles. Rich in vitamin C and minerals, jicama, also known as Mexican yam or water chestnut, can be cooked, mashed, or baked, or served raw in slaws, salads, and stir-fries, after you peel its thick skin. In Singapore, jicama is also known as "bengkoang", and it can be found in local hawker dishes like popiah , rojak and kueh pie tee . Predictions are swirling that jicama will soon take an honorary place alongside carrots and kale. Jicama, like Jerusalem artichokes, is a source of inulin, a prebiotic that can promote the growth of beneficial bacteri...

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