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Dasheen Good for Diabetics

Posted on September 11, 2020 | No Comments on Dasheen Good for Diabetics

Dasheen (Colocassia esculenta) or Taro is an edible starchy tuberous root from the Callaloo Plant. The leaves of the plant are also used as vegetable. Callaloo Plant also called Taro plant is tropical plant that has been famous for its nutritious contents and other health benefits. Dasheen or taro root can be cooked with lentils, baking, and dessert recipes such as Taro chips or vegetable chips for its mild, nutty flavor.

The Taro root or Dasheen is often used or treated like potato in menus but has greater nutritional values. It has almost three times the dietary fiber, proper and regular digestion and helps keep body full to prevent eating. More importantly, it has a low Glycemic Index compared to potato which affects blood sugar levels slowly. Thus, Dasheen is said to be good for diabetics for its low glycemic index. Studies showed that the dasheen helped lose weight significantly and maintained normoglycaemic values.

Dasheen increases the activity of the Malic enzyme and lowered NADP+ isocitrate dehydrogenase. It also increases Alanine transaminase of diabetics which reflected a general aggravation of the diabetic nephropathy. Aside from this, dasheen or taro is also rich in potassium, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin E and B vitamins, as well as magnesium, manganese and copper. Meanwhile, the Taro leaves have great amounts of vitamins A and C, fiber and protein comparable to yam, cassava, and banana.

Despite these nutritional values, dasheen or taro must be cooked sufficiently to remove the calcium oxalate which is often linked with gout and kidney stones. This can be prevented by adding a pinch of baking soda when boiling the root or by drinking milk or other calcium rich foods that will block oxalate absorption. Before boiling, it further advised to steep in water overnight before cooking to reduce the oxalates. Moreover, they have more calories than potatoes in the form of amylose and amylopectin.

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