Taro root is a starchy root vegetable, native of South India and Southeast Asia, and has been a staple in these regions as far back as 5000 BC. At present, this vegetable is grown in many areas of the world including Asia, West Africa, South America, Central America, the Caribbean and the Polynesian islands.
Taro root can be used as an alternative to a potato, although it has somewhat nutty flavor when cooked. It has a dark, hairy surface, similar to coconut, and a moist while root inside.
Taro root can be boiled, steamed, fried, roasted, or baked. They can be used in soups and stews or as an accompaniment to meat dishes. The taro root is a low-calorie vegetable packed with nutritional benefits. Below are some reasons why you should include this in your diet plan.
Taro root may contain more calories than spinach or broccoli, but it’s still a low-calorie vegetable altogether. Taro root will give you 60 calories for every half-cup serving. Most of these calories come from carbohydrates.
Healthy Carb Choice
As a starchy vegetable, taro root contains more carbohydrates than most vegetables. However, its carbohydrate content comes from starches and fiber, making you to fell full for a longer period. One half-cup serving of raw taro root provides 14g of carbohydrates, 2g of which comes from fiber or 8% of the recommended dietary allowance for fiber.
Low Fat and Low Protein
If you’re a vegetarian, taro root won’t be very useful to you as a protein source. For every half-cup serving, taro root can only supply you with 1g of protein. This goes the same for fat because this vegetable is practically fat-free.
Taro root contains nearly negligible amounts of sodium- just 5mg for every half-cup serving. This is a long way from the RDA of 2.300mg for healthy adults. Nevertheless, this is ideal for weight watchers as sodium induces water retention, and therefore, weight gain.
Rich in Vitamins and Minerals
Taro root is rich in potassium, containing as much as 310mg, or 9% of the recommended dietary allowance for every half-cup serving. Potassium is an important mineral needed for proper function of all cells, tissues and organs in the body. It is also rich in manganese, a mineral that is needed by various enzymes working throughout the body, and vitamin B6, which is involved in the breakdown of protein, fat and carbs for energy.
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