BENEFITS OF CASSAVA ROOTS
Cooked cassava has excellent nutritional value, including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, Vitamin C, anthraquinones, saponins, and complex carbohydrates. Below are more of the benefits of eating it:
1. Improves Digestion
Like other complex carbohydrate-rich vegetables like yams, peas, and broccoli, the starches present in these feed the good gut bacteria, acting as a prebiotic and reducing inflammation.
2. Combat arthritis
The presence of saponins in the root act as anti-inflammatory and analgesic agents in our bodies; this interesting article published at Nutrients magazine elaborates on the importance of consuming saponin-present foods and how that relates to good bone health.
3. Immune system boost
Being a good source of vitamin C, cassava becomes a good substitute for more frequent consumption if you want or need to eat more starchy foods within the complex carbohydrate list.
4. Keep diabetes in check.
A person with diabetes should continuously monitor their sugar and carbohydrate intake so that the body doesn’t go through high and low sugar peaks. Consuming a balanced diet rich in fiber and resistant starch makes for a gradual release of glucose into the bloodstream.
5. Energy for exercising
With 125 calories for every 100g, cassava is a favorite for sport practitioners. In Brazil, for example, it is common to have a classic tapioca crepe with some protein either before or after their training session.
6. Improve your mood
All foods that promote healthy digestion and are beneficial for your gut can improve your mood. The intestines are where serotonin is produced, so maintaining a healthy intestinal flora ultimately leads to a balanced mood experience.