Benefits of consuming ‘kamoteng kahoy’ or cassava in moderation

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  • Cassava contains healthful benefits like vitamins and minerals
  • It contains large amount of calories that may outweigh the benefits cassava offers
  • It should be prepared properly to enjoy its benefits

Truly, we’ve known cassava, or locally known as “kamoteng kahoy”, since childhood as among our favorite meriendas here in the Philippines.

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And it’s pretty available anywhere in rural communities as it can grow in your own backyard.

But apart from it being a staple in most of Filipino households, there are actually some things about it that we were not informed about.

It is actually a good source of nutrients, which might be the reason why our elders love to eat it. But it can also be a health hazard. Let’s find out why.

Cassava contains vitamins and minerals

According to a report, cassava is a significant source of carbohydrates and provides a small amount of fiber, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and Vitamin C, among others.

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It is, however, rich in calories and is noted to be a higher provider of calories than sweet potatoes.

Due to its high calorie content, consuming it on a regular basis may lead you to gain weight. So, it must be consumed in moderation.

Cassava is also high in resistant starch; a type of starch that helps in digestion and has properties similar to soluble fiber, a report said.

Basically, this content of cassava can contribute to better metabolic health and could reduce the risk of 0besity and type 2 diabetes.

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Cassava shouldn’t be eaten raw

While it has many good things to offer, cassava can also pose health hazards when consumed raw, in large amounts, or “when it is prepared improperly”, a report said.

It is important to also note that cassava contains chemicals called cyan0genic glyc0sides, which can weaken thyroid and nerve function if cassava is consumed frequently.

However, it is furthered that this could possibly happen to people who depend on cassava as a major source of calories like those living in developing countries.

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How to ensure cassava is safe

In order to ensure that cassava is safe for consumption it must be prepared properly. It must be peeled and soaked in water days before it is cooked or eaten.

Do not eat it raw. It must be cooked thoroughly either by boiling, roasting, or baking.

As much as possible, it should also be paired with protein because it is already rich in calories to maintain a balanced diet. It can also be paired with a variety of foods to avoid relying wholly on cassava.