Health is wealth is a mantra of most of us especially for those health conscious. Health should be one of the primary aspects of our lives we should give more attention to. Going often to the hospital because of sickness is a way too expensive compared to eating healthy and living healthy. We are so blessed that the world we are living is abundant with healthy foods and natural remedy for any sickness.
Let’s talk about Cassava or “kamoteng kahoy”. Cassava is among starchy foods, considered as of the most nutritious foods in the world. Starchy roots are a significant source of dietary energy and known to be the highest producer of carbohydrates among staple crops. Cassava ranks fourth as a food crop in the developing countries after rice, maize, and wheat, according to FAO.
Its roots can be peeled, chopped and frozen for specialized markets. Cassava leaves, which is rich in protein, can eat either fresh or cooked.
Below is the list of the health benefits of Cassava:
1. Very low in fats and protein compared to cereals and pulses.
2. Gluten-free which is used in special food preparations for celiac disease patients.
3. Cassava leaves are a good source of dietary proteins and vitamin K, which is responsible for bone strengthening.
4. Used as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuron damage.
5. Contains B-complex group of vitamins such as folates, thiamin, pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), riboflavin, and pantothenic acid.
6. Source of minerals such as zinc, magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese.
7. It has adequate amounts of potassium (271 mg per 100g or^% RDA), which is responsible to regulate heart rate and blood pressure.
8. Cassava provides treatment for cancer. It contains potentially toxic levels of cyanogen called linamarin which fights and destroys cancer cells such as ovarian cancer, breast cancer, and leukemia.
– Peel off the cassava
– Cut it into pieces and immerse them alternatively between hot and cold water.
– Then, put them in the fridge and leave them for a few hours.
– Pour the liquid in which the cassava have been immersed in another liquid just like fruit beverages or water.
– You can consume the cassava liquid with an empty stomach.