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Nutritional facts and benefits of eddo

Eddo is a root vegetable native to Southeast Asia, South India and South America. It is also popular in Polynesia. It is used to make the popular Guyanese dish metemgee (metem). Eddo nutrition facts give you an idea if you should include it in your weight-loss plan. It is a starchy vegetable often used in place of rice or potatoes. It has a bland flavour that takes well to seasonings. It can be baked, boiled, grilled, or fried. It is even made into chips in some countries.Calories

A serving size is 2/3 cup. One serving contains 80 calories. It gives you 4 percent of your daily caloric intake. Seventy-six of its calories are carbohydrates. It is a pure source of energy. Enjoy it with a protein to keep it balanced.

Eddo is not used for its protein. One serving only has 1 gramme of protein. You can eat taro alone as a dessert. However, it is best served when cooked in a meat soup with other vegetables such as celery or carrots. You can eat it in place of potatoes in a lean pot roast. You can even slice it up, bake it, and enjoy it as you would French fries.

Eddo has 20 grammes of carbohydrates per serving. If you are on a low-carb weight-loss induction phase, you can only have one serving of taro root for the entire day. Its carbohydrates come from starches and fibre. The good news is you can eat a serving of Eddo before a workout to get some energy. You can also boil it, mash it in a food processor and mix it with milk to make a Eddo milkshake. It is both filling and nutritious.

Eddo has 5 percent of your daily recommended intake of Vitamin C. It also has 1 percent of your daily-recommended intake for Vitamin A. Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant. It also helps to boost your immune system, especially when you are fighting off flu. Vitamin A helps to produce your retina’s pigmentation. Additionally, it promotes growth of your cell linings in your respiratory and digestive tracts.

Eddo contains small amounts of calcium, iron, and sodium. Iron helps to keep your red blood cells healthy. Calcium gives you strong teeth and bones. Sodium helps to regulate your body’s fluids. They are all lower than 5 percent of your daily-recommended amount. Eating taro with low-fat dairy can boost your calcium intake.

Eddo grows in fields where water is plentiful. Water needs to come through abundant rainfall or irrigation. It thrives in climates where the annual rainfall exceeds 98 inches. It takes between six to 12 months to gain maturity. You should not eat Eddo raw. It is considered toxic when uncooked due to calcium oxalate. Soaking the root overnight, in addition to cooking, helps to minimise the toxicity levels. (Information gathered and extracted from

Join us again next week where we will be telling you about various foods that you can eat to boost your brain power.

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