The cassava plant is a woody shrub native to South America. It is also commonly referred to as yuca, manioc and tapioca. The root of this plant is a rich source of copper, zinc, iron, magnesium and manganese. The leaves are helpful for external wound healing, and are high in vitamin K. https://plants.usda.gov/DocumentLibrary/plantguide/pdf/pg_maes.pdf
Cassava root offers many health benefits, such as helping manage cholesterol levels and supporting healthy gut bacteria. The root also contains antioxidants like saponins, vitamin C and beta-carotene, which combat cell damage and protect against disease, as well as helping prevent cancer.
Cassava flour, made from the whole root of the plant, works perfectly for cooking and baking and is easier to digest than other flours because it is less concentrated in pure starch, and is gluten-free, grain-free and nut-free. https://www.runnersworld.com/nutrition-weight-loss/a35567596/what-is-cassava/utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=arb_ga_rnw_md_dsa_prog_mix_us_20227803029&gclid=CjwKCAjwu4WoBhBkEiwAojNdXna6NBQpR-hgqiHKAhAZR6D3tPfRoLo39pZdJh6JqR7dF0iORKY9ShoC404QAvD_BwE
(NOTE: Tapioca starch is not the same as cassava flour. Tapioca is a bleached extraction of the cassava root.) If you have allergies, or if you are struggling with digestion challenges, I recommend trying this flour and products made with it, such as Siete Brand Tortilla Chips – an excellent family-owned business.
Here are just some of the many possible health-promoting qualities of cassava: supports eye health, brings down fever, helps with weight loss/weight management, beneficial for hair/nail/skin health, reduces frequency of migraines, reduces acidity in the body (balances pH level), provides natural energy, helps balance out blood sugar levels, anti-inflammatory, aids digestion, reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s, improves blood circulation, promotes muscle growth & development, assists with maintaining optimal blood pressure, and provides protection for bones & helps with bone development.
If you are purchasing cassava flour, I recommend Terrasoul Superfoods Brand. It can be substituted for wheat flour and others, and used for all of your favorite recipes in exactly the same way and with the same amount. You can also try your hand at making homemade tortilla chips and flour tortillas with this healthy alternative.
Be Well and God Bless You.