Taro root or Arbi is popular across of Northern India and Pakistan . One of the very few vegetables where both the root and the leaves are edible, Arbi has a smooth, starchy texture and mildly sweet taste. It is used both in sweet and savoury dishes. Arabi is also a powerhouse of nutrients with many health benefits. Some of these are:
Values for Recommended Daily Allowance
Dietary fiber 4.1%
Pantothenic Acid 6%
Vitamin A 2.5%
Vitamin C 7%
Vitamin E 20%
Vitamin K 1%
Magnesium 8 %
Due to Arbi’s high fibre content, it adds bulk to the stool, making it excellent for the gastrointestinal tract and gut.
Controls Blood Sugar:
Again, being fiber rich, Arbi is able to control the production of insulin in the body and hence control blood sugar levels.
Due to its antioxidant content it is perfect for neutralizing free radicals in our body. Free radicals are responsible for progressing cell damage that may lead to rapid cell mutation or cancer.
One cup of Arbi has 0.1g fat and cholesterol, which helps prevent hardening of the arteries.The roots provide 19% of the daily required Vitamin E that reduces the risks of a heart attack. One cup of Arbi contains only 20mg of sodium that keeps hypertension in control. This also helps to maintain kidney problems and fluid retention.
Arbi has a very low glycemic index which makes it an extremely good food for athletes.
One cup of cooked Arbi is very filling and contains only 187 calories so is very beneficial for weight loss.
Due to the macro and micronutrient content of Arbi it is a great immunity builder.
You should not eat raw Arbi as it contains compounds that may cause a stinging or burning sensation in your mouth.
Eat regional, seasonal, local and organic.