Do you know what cassava's are?
Cassava is a nutty-flavored, starchy root vegetable or tuber. It is popularly know and used across the world, it’s a major source of calories and carbs for people in developing countries.
It is grown in tropical regions of the world because of its ability to withstand difficult growing conditions , in fact, it’s one of the most drought-tolerant crops .
The most commonly consumed part of cassava is the root, which is very versatile. It can be eaten whole, grated or ground into flour to make bread and crackers.
Additionally, cassava root is well known as the raw material that’s used to produce cassava dough ,fufu and garri .
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Individuals with food allergies often benefit from using cassava root in cooking and baking because it is gluten-free, grain-free and nut-free.
As much as we are talking about cassava it is also good to know that cassava leaves are good herbal medicine for treatment of tiredness, dehydration in people with diarrhea, sepsis, and to induce labor.
Aside all these numerous health benefits we get from eating cassava, these groups of people should either avoid eating cassava and all it related foods or should avoid eating too much of them.
#Those with poor nutrition level and low intake of protein.
When cassava is eaten frequently, these increase the risk of cyanide poisoning, which may impair thyroid and nerve function. It is associated with paralysis and organ damage, and can be fatal. This is as a result of cyanide a compound present in the cassava.
#Those with cancer.
In some areas of the world, cassava has been shown to absorb harmful chemicals from the soil, such as arsenic and cadmium. This may contribute and increase the risk of cancer.
So those having cancer should be very careful about cassavas.
One important note is that cassava root must be cooked before it is eaten. Raw cassava can be poisonous and harmful.
Those with the above mentioned disorder are to see their dietitian before eating cassava.
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