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Benefits of Taro

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  • Like an odd-looking potato, taro is a “bulbo-tuber” grown in tropical areas of the world, sustaining millions of people for centuries
  • Cryptoxanthin, high amounts of potassium, numerous vitamins and minerals plus fiber relate to your body in terms of cancer prevention, improved skin, digestion, eyesight and blood sugar levels, and are just a few benefits from taro consumption
  • Taro has antibacterial potential, especially in regard to its development as a food preservative, which the U.S. Army has undertaken with its bacteria-resistant “burrito sandwich”
  • Hawaii, where 1 in 5 children is obese and the rate of early-onset diabetes is high, is an example of why a return to indigenous foods such as taro can help improve the diets and lengthen the lifespans of certain populations, such as Pacific Islanders

By Dr. Mercola

Looking like a spud on steroids, taro is a commonly eaten commodity in areas such as Hawaii, India, Southeast Asia and other warm areas of the world, the reason it's dubbed "potato of the tropics." Colocasia esculenta (also called poi in its mashed form) thrives in warm, tropical climates due to the abundance of humidity and heat. The fact that taro is one of the few crops that thrive in flooded areas is significant to its wide use in many different areas, as its petioles, or stalks, can transfer even while under water.

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