Cassava root is a healthy source of natural carbohydrates, great for low calories diets, packed with minerals such as: “calcium, phosphorus, manganese, iron and potassium. These minerals are necessary for proper development, growth and function of your body’s tissues. For example, calcium is required for strengthening teeth and bones; iron helps in the formation of two proteins — hemoglobin and myoglobin — which carry oxygen to your body tissues; and manganese helps in the formation of bones, connective tissue and regulating sex hormones. Potassium is essential for the synthesis of proteins and helps in the breakdown of carbohydrates.”
Cassava contains high amounts of dietary fiber, (namely insoluble fiber) which can help prevent and or alleviate constipation. Fiber at a glance, helps you lose weight as it promotes long lasting satiety. It has the potential to also help reduce your unhealthy cholesterol levels (if you have unhealthy cholesterol), which lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases. If you are suffering from diabetes, eating fiber-rich cassava may help lower your blood sugar levels. This is because fiber slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream.. It is apparent that people in the Western World do not eat or take in enough dietary fibre, otherwise we probably would not see the inflated waistlines we currently do..
Wikipedia indicates the following about Fiber “On average, North Americans consume less than 50% of the dietary fiber levels recommended for good health. In the preferred food choices of today’s youth, this value may be as low as 20%, a factor considered by experts as contributing to the obesity levels seen in many developed countries“
Gluten FREE – Cassava is a safe and a healthy alternative to the culprit protein of celiac disease. Cassava flour is a fantastic substitute for, wheat, barley, rye, and oats alike..
Personally I like my Cassava Root steamed and garnished lightly with a bit of un-iodized sea salt … but check out this link for a plethora of Cassava Root recipes.. courtesy of YUMMLY…
Interesting characteristics of this plant, to me is that it sort of resembles the fan leaf structure of the CANNABIS plant… cool huh?
**NOTE** “Cassava is known to contain levels of cyanide so the leaves and skin of the root should be avoided. Cooking or soaking the cassava root makes it safe for consumption.”