Potato and sweet potato are the great products of nature that people use every single day. They contain many nutrients and also have a delicious taste. Potato and sweet potato can be cooked into many stunning dishes that everybody loves, especially kids. We can say that they are very important to our life.
What about taro? Have you ever heard about it? I guess you’ve heard about taro somewhere but haven’t had a chance to taste or you may hesitate to try it.
So, what is taro? What does taro taste like? And is it good for your health? Let’s take a look at this post to get more details.
What Is Taro?
Taro is the common name of the plant Colocasia esculenta – a plant of Araceae family. There are many kinds of taro, and the color is diversified too. The most popular colors of taro are purple, light pink and white.
The origin of taro is from countries of Asia and now it’s widely cultivated around the world. People like taro for its sweet and starchy taste. However, its taste is unique which is different from other potatoes. Taro also has many nutrients that are good for our health.
What Does Taro Taste Like?
Taro and potato are both starchy. However, taro is not as bland as potato, it’s a bit sweeter. But its sweet is different to sweet potato, which is much lighter.
It’s hard to describe the taste through words. You can somewhat image its taste because they use taro to make bubble tea, jelly, yogurt, … and other desserts & snacks.
If you don’t like sweet foods, no need to worry because the sweet of taro is very light. And the smell of taro is very nice. Worth trying!
What Are Great Benefits of Taro?
The dominant feature of taro is rich in fiber. According to the USDA, one serving of 132 grams of boiled taro provides 7 grams of fiber, which is 27% of the recommended daily amount of fiber.
Taro itself does not contain cholesterol, low in sodium but rich in vitamins, especially important vitamins that the body needs. One serving of 132 grams of taro contains about 11% of the daily amount of vitamin C needed. Taro also contains many other vitamins such as vitamin E, B6.
In addition to vitamins, fiber ... taro also contains a lot of minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium.
Benefits of Taro
Regulates blood pressure and blood sugar levels: A small bowl of taro contains about 40mg of magnesium. This is essential for bone health and the functioning of the nervous system as well as the immune system. It also balances blood pressure and regulates blood sugar levels. The magnesium in taro also helps you to reduce leg cramps, especially for pregnant women.
Cure diabetes: For people with diabetes who abstain strictly from eating, taro is an appropriate choice. Although it contains much starch, but sugar content in taro is low, so when used moderately, people with diabetes are not afraid of hyperglycemia. In addition, taro has a lot of vitamin A which is very good in stabilizing blood sugar levels.
Good for dieters: People who are dieting should add taro to their daily diets because it doesn’t provide fat, which prevents weight gain effectively.
Against aging: Eating sweet potatoes twice a week will help soften the skin because purple taro contains many beneficial vitamins, minerals and fiber. Or you can use mashed taro, mix it with yogurt and apply to the skin.
What Should You Take Note?
- The effect of taro is what we can easily see. However, the value of taro depends on the use. When used, it is necessary to clean the skin, dispose of rotten parts, remove the sprouts because they are toxic.
- When eating taro, you should not peel the skin too thick because it will lose the precious protein layer that only exists close to the skin of the root.
- If you want to cook soup, or fried, you should peel the skin of taro, and if you want to boil it, you should leave the skin to boil.
- Taro is quite benign, but people with sensitive skin sometimes may feel itchy, rash or irritated. To solve this problem, you should wear gloves when doing the processing.
Since taro is very cheap and can be found anywhere, I think you should try it. Who knows, you will fall in love with it than any other starchy foods.
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