Yuca's Calorie Count

by Janet Renee, MS, RD

Freshly harvested yuca roots stored at a farm.

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The root vegetable yuca, also known as cassava, is a starchy vegetable similar to a potato that grows in warm climates. It has a rough, brown outer skin that looks like bark and a slightly sweet flavor. Yuca is commonly made into chips known as cassava chips. It is high in calories compared to other vegetables. Keep this in mind if you are following a calorie-controlled diet.

Calories in Yuca

Yuca is rich in manganese, calcium, phosphorus and vitamin C. One cup, which is approximately half of the root, contains 330 calories. This is about twice the number of calories in a potato. You can still enjoy yuca on a reduced-calorie diet if you eat smaller servings. A 2-ounce serving has less than 100 calories.


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About the Author

Janet Renee is a clinical dietitian with a special interest in weight management, sports dietetics, medical nutrition therapy and diet trends. She earned her Master of Science in nutrition from the University of Chicago and has contributed to health and wellness magazines, including Prevention, Self, Shape and Cooking Light.