Taro Root Benefits

Taro is a type of vegetable containing a lot of starch, minerals and vitamins. As the granule of taro starch is small in size which is only one-tenth of the granule of potato starch, its digestive rate can reach up to 98.8%. Taro is rich in a variety of nutrients including protein, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron, carotene, niacin, vitamin b, vitamin c, saponin constituents and minerals etc. The fluorine content in taro roots is very high which can play an important role in teeth protection.

The nutritional value of taro can effectively help the body enhance its immune system. It is a good choice for patients who is in the process of rehabilitation after cancer surgery or radiation therapy. Taro has a mucus protein which can be absorbed by the human body and then produce immunoglobulin or antibody globulins. These substances can improve the body’s resistance to cancer cells.

Taro is an alkaline food which can neutralize the accumulation of acid in the body by adjusting the pH balance of the human body. They can also be rich in mucus saponin and a variety of minerals which can help the body correct anomalies caused by lack of nutrition. It can also be helpful to enhance the appetite and facilitate digestion.

Taro should be stored in a dry place with shade and ventilation. Since they are easily to turn soft, they should be consumed as quick as possible after the purchase. Taro cannot tolerate low temperatures and you should avoid putting them into the fridge. The lowest temperature for storing taro is 7 degrees Celsius, and you should move them into a warmer place in case of frozen damage.

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