Nattu Maruthuvam 12-01-2015 Benefits Of சேப்பகிழங்கு – Cheppankizhangu – Sun tv Show
Nattu Maruthuvam | Dt 12-01-15 | Dr.Sakthi Subramaniam | Siddha Maruthuvam
Benefits of Taro | Medicinal uses of Cheppankizhangu
Taro is a starch-rich, globular fleshy taproot of aroid family plants. Its crunchy, underground root, known as corm, is one of the popular edible root vegetables in large parts Asia, Pacific islands, West Africa, and Amazonian regions of South America.
Taro is a large perennial herbaceous plant growing up to 5-6 feet. It’s rather large heart-shaped leaves with frilly edges at the end of long stout petioles appear like elephant’s ear. It grows best in marshy, wet soil and warm humid climates. The corm grows to a size of turnip, has globular or oblong shape with brown fibrous skin. Its surface is marked with circular rings indicating the points of attachment of scaly leaves. Inside, its flesh is white to cream-yellow, but may feature different colors depending upon cultivar types. An average-size corm weighs about 2-4 pounds. It’s delicious crispy-textured flesh has nutty flavor just like in water chestnuts.
Health benefits of Taro
* Taro or dasheen corms have more calories than potatoes. 100 g provides 112 calories. Their calorie value
chiefly comes from complex carbohydrates in them known as amylose and amylopectin.
* The corms, however, are free from gluten. They carry high-quality phyto-nutrition profile comprising of
dietary fiber, and antioxidants in addition to moderate proportions of minerals, and vitamins.
* Taro is one of the finest source dietary fibers; 100 g flesh provides 4.1 g or 11% of daily-requirement of
dietary fiber. Together with slow digesting complex carbohydrates, moderate amounts of fiber in the food help
gradual rise in blood sugar levels.
* Taro leaves as well as yellow-fleshed roots have significant levels of phenolic flavonoid pigment antioxidants
such as ß-carotenes, and cryptoxanthin along with vitamin A. 100 g fresh taro leaves provide 4825 IU or 161%
of RDA of vitamin A. Altogether, these compounds are required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes, skin
and vision. Consumption of natural foods rich in flavonoids helps to protect from lung and oral cavity
* It also contains good levels of some of the valuable B-complex group of vitamins such as pyridoxine (vitamin
B-6), folates, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and thiamin.
* Further, the corms provide healthy amounts of some of important minerals like zinc, magnesium, copper, iron,
and manganese. In addition, the root has very good amounts of potassium. Potassium is an important component
of cell and body fluids that help regulate heart rate and blood pressure.