Although originally little known in Spain, the Yucca is a tuber highly consumed in countries such as America, Asia and Africa, where it is grown mainly from a tropical shrub.
It belongs to the family of Euforbiaceae , and one of the best known varieties is the one called sweet cassava , from which you get the well-known tapioca .
It presents a dark brown appearance, which sometimes tends to be brown, and its appearance is generally woody. Inside it houses a white meat that in many moments can remember the color of the white sweet potato.
Among its most important benefits we find that it is a tuber that is easy to digest, hence it is a recommended food in case of disorders, affections and digestive problems (such as, for example, heartburn or gastritis nervosa ). In addition, it is suitable for people with celiac , thanks to the fact that it is not a source of gluten.
Nutritional values of cassava
Although in the following lines we will deal with the own nutritional composition of cassava , the truth is that it is a tuber especially rich in complex carbohydrates , with an interesting satiating power.
100 grams of cassava provide:
- Calories: 120 kilocalories.
- Proteins: 3.1 grams.
- Carbohydrates: 26.8 grams.
- Fats: 0.4 grams.
- Vitamins: vitamin B6 (0.4 mg) and vitamin C (48.2 mg).
- Minerals: magnesium (66 g) and potassium (765 mg).