Arrowroot (Maranta arundinacea) is a tropical tuber and a which originated from Indonesia. It can be processed into a powder form and packed inform of arrowroot flour which can be used to make a drink or mixed with other floor. The powder is extracted from the plant’s rhizome. This is an underground stem with multiple roots that store its starch and energy. Arrow root is also used for medical purposes . It has medicinal properties as well . Aside from being high in protein and several nutrients, arrowroot is very easy to digest,a making it ideal for children and older adults who may need gentler food .
It has been found out that arrow root has fiber that ease digestion hence preventing one from constipation. It’s high in carbohydrates that contains various nutrients. A 1-cup (120-gram) serving of sliced, raw arrowroot contains the following.Calories: 78 , Fiber: 2 grams, Protein: 5 grams, Fat: 0 grams ,Phosphorus: 17% of the DV, Folate: 102% of the Daily Value (DV) , , Iron: 15% of the DV, Potassium: 11% of the DV and Carbs: 16 grams.
Arrowroot has a higher protein content than other tubers, packing 5 grams per 1 cup (120 grams), compared with 2.3 grams in the same amount of yam . It also provides over 100% of the DV for folate (vitamin B9) as per the research conducted y the nutritionist, which is essential for development during pregnancy and DNA formation. Low levels of this vitamin are associated with an increased risk of birth defects and chronic diseases like cancer.
What’s more, arrowroot offers significant amounts of phosphorus, iron, and potassium. It has many benefits, due to its high starch content, arrowroot may be suitable for gluten-free diets, promote weight loss, help treat diarrhea, and strengthen your immune system. It is advisable for people with diabetics to take arrow root for breakfast since it has low sugar level properties. Arrowroot also helps in circulation and heart circulation. Studies have also shown that arrowroot can stimulate immune cells and boost the immune system preventing one from infections.
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