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What Is Arrowroot Good For?

Arrowroot Uses

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  • Arrowroot isn’t technically a plant, but rather a nutritionally dense starch extracted from several rhizomes of the Marantaceae family of plants
  • Widely used in primitive cultures, arrowroot has had such traditional uses as healing wounds from poison arrows, scorpion bites and gangrene
  • Naturally gluten-free, arrowroot is an excellent thickening agent in puddings, sauces and stews, and makes a great binder in meatloaf and veggie burger mixtures
  • Arrowroot may help prevent birth defects, support proper growth and development, and improve your circulation, blood pressure, weight and digestion

By Dr. Mercola

For more than 7,000 years, people have been using arrowroot for many different applications. In more recent years, it’s commonly used as an alternative to cornstarch. Arrowroot powder is great as a thickener for everything from gravy to puddings to soups.

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