Also known as chayote mirliton, vegetable pear or sayote, the chayote originates from Mexico and Central America.


Chayote is a pear-shaped, light green vegetable belonging to the Cucurbitaceous or gourd family. It has a crunchy texture and a mild and sweet flavour and said to be similar to butternut squash or pumpkin.


Health Benefits


  • Contains no cholesterol nor any unhealthy fats and helps to control bad cholesterol levels which reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. (1)


  • Chayote only possesses 16 calories per 100 gram serving which helps promote weight loss. (2)


  • Plentiful in fibre which promotes a healthy cut and digestive system. (3)


  • Contains vitamin C which provides an abundance of antioxidants which help to rid the body of infectious diseases. (4)


  • Contains the minerals iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, copper which combine to prevent bone disease as well as control the rate at which oxygen is delivered to the body. (5)


  • Contains zinc which is beneficial the central nervous, immune, skeletal and reproductive system. (6)


  • Quite nutrient rich in vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B6 (pyridoxine) which help to increase energy and metabolic levels in the body. (7)


  • Chayote has a high folate content, which is helpful for cell division and DNA synthesis, partuclarly to reduce the risk of anaemia. (8)


Chayote Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, raw

  Amt. Per 
% Daily 
Calories 19
Calories from Fat 1
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 2 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 5 g 2%
Dietary Fibre 2 g 7%
Sugar 2 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A0% Vitamin C 13%
Calcium2% Iron 2%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.





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