Some information on cassava
Due to its high carbohydrate starch content, cassava satisfies but also provides a lot of energy. Moreover, its fat intake is also very low. This is why this vegetable is an ideal food for people who have to make great physical efforts: those who work in the fields, in construction, in factories, among others.
But keep in mind that too much cassava consumption can lead to obesity problemsespecially if it is accompanied by other equally caloric foods.
How is it consumed?
Remember that cassava must always be peeled before cooking because raw, it contains toxins harmful to health. It can be prepared cooked or fried like a potato or served as a side dish or as a main dish. It is served as an accompaniment or as a main dish. It can also be ground to use flour in any recipe. Cassava is suitable for people with gluten intolerancebecause it does not contain any. Soft leaves are edible if cooked. Just like cassava itself, they can be toxic if consuming raw.
Medicinal properties of cassava
Cassava provides good amounts of vitamins A and C, iron, potassium and calcium. It is also :
A powerful digestive
It is easy to digest and helps relieve some stomach problems or digestion. For example, it is recommended for people who suffer from poor absorption of nutrients, acidity, ulcers and flatulence. Cassava also helps relieve bad digestion, diarrhea and constipation.
A good remedy for the skin
To benefit from its benefits, one can use the leaves or the powder of the root in external use. The leaves can treat conditions caused by abrasion or intoxication while the powder is used in case of burns,eczema or irritation of the skin.
A detoxifier and a purifier
Cassava owes these two properties to the large amount of resveratrol it contains. It is an active ingredient that acts on the level of bad cholesterol (LDL), while improving blood circulation and increasing platelet production.
In addition, cassava:
- Prevents atherosclerosis and thrombus formation.
- Facilitates lymphatic drainage.
- Reduces excess uric acid, and is therefore ideal for people who suffer from gout.
Hence its ability to relieve patients with joint problems such as rheumatism, osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. It is also useful for fighting muscle, bone or tendon pain.
A wonderful immuno-stimulant
Because it boosts the immune system, cassava prevents disease by preventing harmful microorganisms from entering the body. It is also recommended for seasonal allergies thanks to the saponins it contains. Cassava can be used to disinfect wounds through its bactericidal properties.
Ideal for pregnant women
Because of its high folate content, cassava is recommended for pregnant and lactating women. It not only improves the health of the mother, but also prevents diseases in the child.
Good for bones
This plant represents a good contribution in calcium, which helps strengthen bones and teeth, and helps us stay healthy. Cassava is used in people with osteoporosis and should be consumed from 35 years to avoid fractures or dislocations.
Its leaves contain vitamin K which is excellent for the bones.
Beneficial for diabetics
Cassava contains a lot of fiber that helps slow the rate of absorption of blood sugar. It also has a low glycemic index and is recommended for people with 2 type diabetes.