Fun Facts About the Low-Calorie Chayote


The edible parts of chayote (Sechium edule) has lower fiber, protein and vitamin content than other parts. However, the calorie and carbohydrate content is high, chiefly from the young shoots, tubers, and seed, while micro and macronutrients supplied by the fruit are adequate. The fruit, particularly the seeds are rich in amino acids such as aspartic acid, glutamic, phenylalamine, glycine, histidine, isoleucine, and methionine (for the fruit) and protein, serine, lyrosine, thromine, and valine from the seeds.

Healthy Chayote Soup

Infusions of the chayote leaves are used to dissolve kidney stones and assists in the treatment of arteriosclerosis and hypertension. Infusions of the fruit are used to alleviate urine retention.

Content and Featured Photo courtesy of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region VII, Central Visayas, Philippines.

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