Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Jicama

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jicamaToday we move to the letter “j” in our ingredient A to Z series and are featuring jicama as our ingredient of the day.

 

What is jicama?

According to Wikipedia, jicama, which is scientifically known as Pachyrhizus erosus, is the name of a native Mexican vine, although the name most commonly refers to the plant’s edible tuberous root. Jicama is part of the bean family.

 

Common names for jicama

The most common name variations for jicama are Mexican yam, Mexican potato, or Mexican turnip.

 

Why is jicama included in dog food?

Jicama is added to dog food for two key reasons: 1) it is a good source of dietary fiber and 2) it is a source of inulin which can be used as a prebiotic to aid digestion.

 

Is jicama a commonly used ingredient in dog food?

Jicama is not a common dog food ingredient and found in only a handful of dog foods.

 

Common benefits or risks of jicama

There are many benefits of jicama.  Jicama is high in dietary fiber.  It is somewhat sweet, which makes me wonder why more food companies don’t use it as a sweetener instead of sugars.

Jicama is a source of inulin which is a prebiotic to aid digestion.

Jicama is also high in vitamins C and A, and is a source of calcium and phosphorus.

While the jicama bulb, which is what is sold in stores, is safe for dogs to eat, the leafs and seeds are not.

 

Miscellaneous facts about jicama

 

Jicama is low in calories and high in fiber.  A 4 ounce serving has 43 kcals, 6 grams of fiber, and almost 1 gram of protein.

The jicama vine can reach a height of 13–16 feet and its root can grow up to 6.5 feet long and weigh up to 45 lbs.

 

Sources and further reading

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jicama

http://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/generic/jicama-raw?portionid=183727&portionamount=4.000
 
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21 Comments

  1. I am not sure I have seen that as an ingredient in any of our foods. Sounds like it would be beneficial.
    2 brown dawgs recently posted…Tasty Tuesday–Smiling Dog Freeze-Dried TreatsMy Profile

    • It is not common, although it seems to be a quality ingredient that could possibly replace some of the ‘crap’ that is used for sweetness and starch/fiber.
      steve recently posted…Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: JicamaMy Profile

  2. Sounds a bit like rhubarb for humans, the rhubarb is good and safe, but the leaves are bad. We know of jimica, but haven’t had it around our house that we know of.
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    • Jicama tastes pretty good and we love it in salads. Our dogs also like it, but then again, they like anything..
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  3. I never even thought about feeding Duke jicama, but it sounds like it has some amazing benefits. I’ll have to try it!
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  4. We are enjoying learning about new foods we have never heard of.
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    • Thanks Jan. We have so much more to come. We are only up to “J” in our first (of many) runs through the alphabet!
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  5. Wow – never heard of this one for dogs. Need to check it out.

  6. Another inulin source…that makes perfect sense since it’s another root veggie…I do use it for salads once in a while, but it’s not one of my regular buys…and I had no idea it was used in dog food…very interesting
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    • It is not commonly used, but it seems to me that it would be an upgrade to some of the stuff that is used to add sweetness, fiber, or binding.
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  7. This one is completely new to me! It certainly sounds like something they should use more. Is it something that could be found in any grocery store?
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  8. How would I go about preparing this? Is this like a sweet potato where you peel it and boil it? I usually add a few pieces of sweet potato to B’s food on occasion. I think I have seen this before in the produce aisle but never knew what to do with it.
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  9. Wow, I’ve never seen it listed as an ingredient in dog food, but my dogs (and I) love raw jicama.
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  10. We love jicama. It’s a seasonal (summer) fruit. It’s like watermelon. Mom always makes a delish sad with it. Happy Tasty Tuesday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar
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  11. Never heard of it but yes why don’t more company’s use it. Seems like a good product.
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  12. My sapiens love jicama!
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