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What am I eating? Jicama Wraps

By Karen Kelly, R.D. | February 22, 2022

While perusing my local Trader Joe’s, I found these new jicama (pronounced hi·kuh·muh) wraps in the produce section. Jicama is a starchy root vegetable that is native to Mexico. I was curious and decided to look at the label and was quite impressed. These wraps are gluten free, contain only 3g of total carbs and 2g of fiber. Furthermore, each wrap only has 15 calories so I was sold and decided to buy them.

I decided to use them instead of my usual flour tortilla for taco Tuesday in my house. I loaded my taco stuffing into my jicama wrap and was impressed with the flavor and texture. It gave a nice crunch like an apple or a water chestnut (an aquatic, root vegetable) and folded up nicely to make the taco without completely falling apart - a win-win in my book. 

Jicama is also a good source of antioxidants, specifically vitamin C. Since it’s also high in fiber, it can promote a healthy heart and better digestion. Plus, these wraps are super versatile. You can use them in place of tortillas for tacos or even in place of your traditional wrap for sandwiches. 

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For patients looking for a low carb crunch with the added benefit of some extra fiber, I would absolutely give these Jicama Wraps a try! 

Karen Kelly, RD, is a registered dietitian at New Jersey Bariatric Center, a medical & surgical weight loss center with offices in Springfield, Somerville, Hoboken, East Brunswick, Hackettstown and Sparta, New Jersey. She provides pre-operative and post-operative nutritional counseling to New Jersey Bariatric Center’s Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve, LAP-BAND (gastric band) and revision patients, in addition to dietary counseling for patients in our Medical Weight Loss program.
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