Benefits of Arrowroot and what you should know about the incredible vegetable/powder
Today we want to dive into the benefits of Arrowroot and what it actually is. You probably ask yourself, where does it come from? Arrowroot (Maranta arundinacea) is a tropical tuber native to Indonesia. It's usually processed into a powder, also called arrowroot flour. The powder is extracted from the plant's rhizome, an underground stem with multiple roots that store its starch and energy.
Arrowroot has been used for more than 7,000 years by various indigenous peoples of the Caribbean and South America, valued both as a food and for its medicinal properties. In recent years it has gained global popularity for its various uses in gluten-free cooking and baking. It’s benefits include no gluten, B-vitamin powerhouse, supports healthy digestion, good for your little munchkins, boosts metabolic rate, promotes healthy sleep, has high potassium to sodium ratio, good for your heart, promotes good circulation, aids in weight loss, may lower cholesterol levels, improves kidney health, heals your skin, and an antidote for poison.
The energy aspect is huge, these are all the benefits that this plant brings to us:
If you have been keeping up with natural living trends, you might have heard a thing or two about arrowroot. Wondering if arrowroot is actually good for you? The shortest answer is yes!
Want to know how does it compare to cornstarch ?
Arrowroot flour is a nutritious substitute for cornstarch because it acts similarly to cornstarch but contains more dietary fiber. Arrowroot flour also contains more calcium than cornstarch.
It’s Nutrition Facts:
One cup, or about 120 g arrowroot slices, contains only 78 calories and 0.24 g fat. Arrowroot is a rich source of carbs, vitamin B9, and minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium, and phosphorus. Besides fluid, fiber and protein, it has negligible amounts of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids as well.
So go on and experiment with this multi-talented starch. I know I will. I recently heard that a couple tablespoons of arrowroot powder will keep ice crystals from forming on homemade ice creams, which I will definitely put to the test.
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