Cassava, cassava, guacamole or tapioca is the name given to this vegetable in various Latin American countries and is characterized by its high nutritional content.
According to some studies, this tuber can be used in diets for weight loss, as it is low in fat and also rich in fiber, which induces satiety after consumption.
Additionally, research published in National Library of Medicine Indicated that cassava may be good in controlling diabetes and cardiovascular complications including heart disease.
The Nutrition and Pharmacy Portal highlights that cassava contains an excellent supply of vitamins C and B complex, which, in turn, benefit the digestive system and provide gluten-free starch, which is great for celiac people. . Similarly, this vegetable has high amounts of vitamins C, K, B1, B2 and B5.
“Consuming cassava as an alternative to processed flour allows you to go to the bathroom more often. This is because cassava has antioxidant properties, it also has a water-to-water ratio that benefits intestinal transit, thus combating constipation,” he commented. Nutrition and Pharmacy,
In addition to its great nutritional value, cassava is characterized by growing in poorly fertile land in hot and humid areas such as forests.
“The cassava plant grows in a wide range of tropical conditions: in moist and warm lowland tropical regions; With cool winters and rainy summers in the tropics and subtropics at medium altitudes. Although cassava grows in fertile soils, its comparative advantage over other more profitable crops is its ability to grow in acidic soils with low fertility, sporadic rainfall or prolonged drought,” a study by Johanna Aristizbal and Teresa Sánchez de Reported in. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Meanwhile, cassava cultivation is vital to food security and income generation in areas of the world with widespread drought and dry soils. It should be noted that it is the fourth most important basic product after rice, wheat and corn, and a basic component in the diet of more than 1,000 million people, added the research by Aristizbal and Sánchez.
At a regional level, the most famous products that can be prepared with cassava as a main ingredient are: cassava bread, pandebono, enucado, carimañolas, diabolins, cassava croquettes, cassava bun, bibingka de cassava, cassava cake and cassava croquettes.