According to healthline - Taro is one of the tubers that is widely consumed by Indonesians. Some local foods even use taro as the main ingredient. Although it is consumed quite often, not many people know the benefits of taro. This type of tuber turns out to contain many nutrients that are good for the body.
10 Health benefits of taro
Taro (Colocasia esculenta) is native to Southeast Asia and South India. This tuber has a brown outer skin and white flesh with purple spots. The texture of taro is similar to potato or cassava. When taro is cooked, the flavour becomes slightly sweet.
Apart from its delicious and soft flavour, taro is also beneficial for your health. Here are the health benefits of taro tubers that you should not miss:
1. Helps you lose weight
The dietary benefits of taro come from its high fibre content. Research shows that people who consume more fibre tend to have lower body weight and less body fat.
Fibre can slow down the emptying of the stomach, keeping you fuller for longer and reducing the number of calories you eat throughout the day. Hence, it can also help you lose weight.
2. Improves gut health
The next benefit of boiled taro is that it can improve gut health. The fibre contained in taro feeds the microbes in your gut and promotes the growth of good bacteria.
Furthermore, the gut bacteria will ferment these fibres and create short-chain fatty acids, which can nourish the intestinal lining cells and keep them healthy and strong. Additionally, fibre can also help improve digestion, preventing bloating, constipation and excess gas.
3. Maintains eye health
Taro contains various antioxidants, including beta-carotene and cryptoxanthin. These antioxidants are beneficial for maintaining healthy vision by counteracting free radicals that attack the eyes, thus preventing macular degeneration or cataracts.
4. Improves skin health
Another benefit of taro is that it improves skin health. This benefit comes from the vitamins E and A contained in it. Both essential vitamins can also repair skin cells, make wounds heal faster, and brighten healthy skin.
5. Helps control blood sugar
Taro contains two carbohydrates that are beneficial to help control blood sugar: fibre and resistant starch. According to research, fibre can help slow the digestion and absorption of other carbohydrates, preventing blood sugar from spiking after a meal.
In addition, the resistant starches contained in the talas can also not be digested so it will not increase blood sugar levels. Both are beneficial for diabetes because they provide a good choice of carbohydrates.
6. Reduces the risk of heart disease
This is an unforgettable health benefit. The resistant fiber and starch in talas is believed to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Research shows that people who consume more fiber tend to have lower rates of heart disease. In addition, the resistant starches contained in it can also help lower cholesterol, which is associated with a decreased risk of heart disease.
7. Strengthens the immune system.
The content of vitamin C in talas can help boost the immune system so it is able to protect the body from harmful foreign substances. In addition, vitamin C is also beneficial in preventing the development of serious health conditions.
8. Potential as an anti-cancer agent
Thalasses contain a plant compound called polyphenols. The main polyphenol found in talas is quercetin. Tube trials and animal studies found that quercetin can promote cancer cell death, as well as slow the growth of some types of cancer.
Quercetin is also a powerful antioxidant that can protect the body from damage from free radicals that are often associated with cancer. However, further research is still needed to prove the anti-cancer properties of talas.
9. Keep the blood pressure stable.
In 100 grams, talas contains about 448 grams of potassium that is beneficial forining blood pressure. Potassium includes the electrolytes that the body needs to control blood pressure.
Research shows that low potassium intake is associated with increased blood pressure and stroke. Potassium-rich foods can also help hypertensive patients to lower systolic blood pressure.
10. Meet the bed needs.
Consumption of talas can reduce the risk of zinc deficiency, because the zinc content in it is able to meet daily mineral needs.
Zinc deficiency is a fairly rare condition and can cause serious health disorders, such as hair loss, diarrhea, impotence, hypogonadism, lesions to the eyes and skin, wound healing impaired, until weight decreases.
A full of ginseng.
Talas are well consumed after cooking first because in raw conditions these bubbles can be poisonous due to their high oxalate content. The harmful substances can disappear when cooked or soaked overnight.
In 1 cup or about 132 grams of cooked talas, the nutritional content of the talas is as follows:
Less than 1 gram of protein
6.7 grams of fiber
Less than 1 gram of fat
30% of daily needs are manganese.
18% of daily potassium needs
13% of daily needs will be copper
10% of daily phosphorus needs
10% of your daily need for magnesium
22% of the daily needs of vitamin B6
11% of daily vitamin C needs
19% of the daily requirement of vitamin E
In addition, talas also contains vitamin A, iron, and zinc. The abundance of organic compounds, minerals, and vitamins contained in talas, makes it beneficial for health.
Talas can be processed in various ways, either boiled, fried, smoothed, or baked. A lot of processed foods are made from talas, ranging from butterfly, pudding, chips, bread to beverages.
However, if you experience unusual symptoms, such as rash, itching, cough, dizziness, nausea, or even vomiting, it is best to stop consumption immediately and check yourself to a doctor.
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