Commonly known as the Chinese turnip or the yam bean, jicama is a less known and consumed vegetable – however, this does not mean that you should start looking into it anytime soon! As a matter of fact, this globe-shaped vegetable can have some side effects that you should take into account, before you move on to praising its juicy texture and its nutritional benefits. As mentioned above, fibers are essential for a healthy digestive system – however, there is a very thin line between just the right amount of fiber, and too much fiber. Jicama is by far one of the veggies that contain the highest amounts of fiber, which is definitely not a good thing for those who already suffer from various digestive problems, such as constipation or constant stomach pain.
Besides this, there is yet another safety consideration that you should take into account before eating jicama – this vegetable must be carefully peeled before you eat it, as the outer skin is not just extremely thick but also rich in a very bitter and toxic compound.
To sum it all up, not all vegetables are good for you. Almost every vegetable has its advantages and disadvantages, this is precisely why it is so important to get the facts right and to pay attention to the nutritional value (and the potential side effects as well) of each vegetable, before you make it part of your daily diet. You may be surprised to see that some vegetables are simply overrated and, in some cases, they can cause more harm than good – especially if you are predisposed to certain health problems.