Cassava is a tuber widely consumed in America, which helps us regulate blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure, in addition to stabilizing the heart rate and helping those trying to lose weight. It is a food with a super delicious taste, of which most do not know its beneficial effects on health.
You may have heard it named Cassava or Tapioca instead of Yuca. This is an edible root very rich in starches, with a flavor similar to that of potatoes, malaga and banana. It is also very rich in carbohydrates which provide up to eighty percent of energy to our body when we consume it.
Benefits of cassava consumption:
- It is an ideal food for those trying to lose weight since it has very low levels of fat, and a large amount of protein, even higher than that of other tubers.
- Helps lower triglyceride levels.
- Decrease anxiety levels.
- Combat the discomfort generated by the irritable bowel.
- It has large amounts of vitamin K, which contributes to the formation of bone tissue and helps fight osteoporosis. In addition to this, it is widely used in the treatment of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s.
- It is a great source of vitamins B and B6, in addition to containing good amounts of folates, thiamine, rivoflavin, and pantothenic acid, which is an ideal food to care for hair and treat scars generated by the presence of acne.
- It also has minerals such as zinc, magnesium and copper, which provide high levels of energy when consumed. It is a good source of potassium, which is very important for our body in the production of cellular fluids and also regulates heart rate and blood pressure.
Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.