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What Is Cassava Good For?

Cassava Roots

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  • Also known as manioc and yuca, cassava is a tropical root plant used in Asia, Africa and South America because it’s plentiful and inexpensive
  • Cassava carbohydrates are high while its glycemic index low. Naturally gluten-free, it contains saponins to help ease inflammation and balance your gut flora and minerals that perform many important functions throughout your body
  • Tapioca, also a digestive-resistant starch, is extracted from cassava root. As a flour, it has many food uses and is one of the best alternatives to wheat and other grains, even for celiac patients
  • Resistant starch is beneficial because it feeds the friendly bacteria in your colon and turns them into important short-chain fatty acids. It feeds good gut bacteria and may lower your blood glucose levels

By Dr. Mercola

You might be wondering what cassava is before you think to ask what it might be good for, but in light of its amazing properties, this rather sweet, starchy and nut-flavored tuber may become a staple in your pantry.


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