Chayote squash is a low-calorie, nutrient-dense fruit that has been used as a food for hundreds of years. It is a versatile addition to any diet and offers several health benefits including supporting a healthy pregnancy, promoting heart health and slowing the aging process.
Vitamin C, Collagen and Antioxidants
A half-cup serving of chayote squash contains 17 percent of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of vitamin C -- an important nutrient for helping repair body tissue and enabling the production of certain neurotransmitters. Chayote squash also contains a good amount of collagen, one of the primary proteins responsible for giving skin a firm, youthful appearance.
Boosts Liver Health
A variety of nutrients and antioxidants found in chayote squash have been shown to improve liver function. This is a benefit that may help prevent chronic diseases such as liver cirrhosis and diabetes by improving the ability of your liver to handle fats, cholesterol and other fatty substances.
Lowers Blood Sugar
A study of rats found that chayote squash was significantly effective at reducing postprandial blood sugar levels. This is beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes who often have high blood sugar levels after eating.
Supports a Healthy Pregnancy
Adequate folate intake is important for healthy fetal development, which helps to reduce the risk of preterm birth and premature labor. A half-cup serving of chayote contains almost 40% of the RDI of folate, making it a healthy choice for those planning to become pregnant.