Do you know what you eat determines your health and your health is your wealth?
Cocoyam or Taro is scientifically known as Colocasia esculenta is a starchy edible tuber. Taro leaves are popularly known in Ghana as kontomire. It grows broad greenish leaves and it grows in several places around the world. We usually consume the roots tubers with its leaves or both are consumed separately. Like i said earlier these leaves are locally called kontomire. Both the cocoyam roots and the cocoyam leaves (kontomire) have many health benefits for the body.
Cocoyam leaves are the heart-shaped leaves of the taro plant or cocoyam plant. Funny enough, as it is heart shaped it has many health benefits for the heart.
Yes consuming cooked cocoyam leaves or kontomire offers some health benefits, it’s important to note that the raw leaves are poisonous before cooking.
Do not consume cocoyam leaves (kontomire) in raw condition. It has a dangerous toxin. To prevent consuming toxins, first, soak them in clean water for about 10-15 minutes. After, cook them well or properly to remove their toxic substance. It is usually itchy in the throat if it is not cooked well.
With a low calorie and high fiber content, cocoyam leaves serve as a nutritious complement to a well-balanced diet.
Taro leaves are an excellent source of vitamin C and polyphenols, two common antioxidant compounds.
Therefore, eating kontomire on a regular basis may help reduce free radicals in your body, in turn aiding in disease prevention.
Due to their low carb and fat content, they’re very low in calories, making them an excellent food to help promote a healthy body weight. Yes, eating kontomire can help you lose weight. They can help you lose weight also because they have a high water content, with 92.4% being made up of water. High fiber and water contents have been shown to aid weight management by promoting feelings of fullness with meals, causing you to eat less.
Here are 5 benefits of eating kontomire leaves,
1.it helps boost heart health
Generally, a diet high in nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables has been associated with improved heart health time and time again.
Regularly consuming dark leafy greens has been associated with an up to 15.8% reduction in heart disease risk based on a 2016 study .
They also provide a good source of dietary nitrates which help to promote healthy blood pressure.
Therefore, including cocoyam leaves as part of an overall nutritious diet helps promote heart health.
There are high levels of potassium in cocoyam root, a mineral that helps to control high blood pressure by breaking down excess salt. This reduces stress on your cardiovascular system, helping to prevent development of chronic heart problems.
2. Boost immune system
One cup of cocoyam leaves contains about 145mg of Vitamin. That is about 86% of our body’s daily requirement. This will help boost your immune system effectively.
3.Prevention of cancer
Cocoyam leaves are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant. This fights against free radicals that cause cancer. So, it helps to prevent many diseases
Cocoyam leaves are rich in vitamin A in addition to vitamin C. The amount of vitamin A can be as high as 123% of our daily requirement. It is very good for the eyes to stay healthy and maintain visual acuity. Also, they prevent the eyes diseases such as myopia, cataract and blindness.
5.Helps digestion and prevents digestive problems
The high dietary fibre in cocoyam leaves helps in food digestion and absorption. Cocoyam leaves can prevent digestive problems such as indigestion, constipation, and diarrhoea.
6.Cholesterol level reduction
Cocoyam leaves have no cholesterol and only 1% of total fat. So, is the best diet for reducing cholesterol. The dietary fibre and methionine the cocoyam leaves contain can reduce cholesterol effectively. They bind and break down fat and cholesterol especially triglycerides.
Due to these benefits consider a combination of cocoyam leaves (kontomire) and turkey berries(abeduru) in your daily diet. For the immense benefits of cocoyam leaves (kontomire) consider cocoyam in your backyard garden.
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