Have you ever heard of cassava flour? I hadn’t until recently. One of the members of a “crunchy” Facebook group I am in posted about how she has started doing a lot of cooking with cassava flour and it piqued my interest.
I did some research and found that cassava has some great health benefits, which make it a good addition to your diet. I love that it is gluten free as well as nut free, making it a good option for treats to send in to my daughter’s nut-free school.
Cassava is loaded with dietary fiber. Fiber has a number of health benefits, including lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol levels, better control over blood sugar levels and a lower risk of obesity. Each cup of cassava boosts your fiber intake by 3.7 grams. This provides 10 percent toward the fiber intake recommended for men and 14 percent toward the fiber intake recommended for women by the Institute of Medicine.
The vitamin C and folate in cassava also offer great health benefits. Adding more folate into your diet protects against colon cancer and reduces the risk of complications during pregnancy while a diet high in vitamin C offers protection against coronary heart disease and several types of cancer.
Cassava also contains magnesium and copper. A diet high in magnesium promotes lower blood pressure and reduces your risk of osteoporosis, while a diet rich in copper helps support healthy nerve function.
When consuming cassava, be sure to cook it, as it contains dangerous toxins if eaten raw. Don’t worry, it is totally safe to eat once it is cooked!
Try some cassava flour recipes and let us know how you like them!