With Navratri around the corner, it is common to see people stock up on tapioca or sabudana in Hindi. A common food, when one is fasting,sabudana is a starch extract of the cassava plant. But if you thought Indians were the only ones who used this root, think again. Used all across the world, including countries such as South America and Brazil, tapioca is one of the most widely sold plants all over the world. But that is not all, this starchy root has a number of health benefits, here are a few.
1. Helps muscle growth
If you’re a vegetarian looking for a healthy protein source, you can include tapioca in your diet. It contains large amounts of protein that can help muscle growth and strengthening, healing and other cellular function requiring proteins.
2. Improves bone health
Tapioca contains calcium, iron and vitamin K in abundance, which plays a very important role in maintaining bone health and improving flexibility. It also helps get rid of fatigue keeping you energised throughout the day.
3. Keeps blood pressure under control
Another great health benefit of tapioca is that it helps maintenance of blood pressure. The potassium content in tapioca improves blood circulation, which in turn, reduces the strain on your cardiovascular system.
4. Helps give your energy levels a boost
Some of us often feel like we don’t have enough energy to keep ourselves going throughout the day. A great way to keep your batteries charged would be adding tapioca to your diet. Since tapioca is full of carbohydrates, it is a quick and healthy way to give your flailing energy reserves a boost.
5. Helps you gain weight
If you want to gain weight, then tapioca is exactly what you need. Packed with carbohydrates, this root makes weight-gain quick and easy. A perfect supplement for people suffering from eating disorders or those who want to gain weight, tapioca is cheap, easy to cook and definitely more healthy than artificial supplements.
6. Prevents birth defects
Tapioca contains folic acid and vitamin B complex which help in the proper formation of a foetus, protecting it against common birth defects like neural tube defect.
7. Improves digestion
Tapioca can give your digestive system a boost too. Known to help resolve common digestive disorders like constipation, indigestion, bloating and flatulence, tapioca also helps keep a check on your cholesterol levels, helping you stay healthy.