JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Taro is a tropical plant that is found in many tropical and subtropical countries, including Indonesia.
Several regions and countries have set taro tubers or corm as a staple food and a source of carbohydrates. In addition to corm, taro leaves are often used as a cooking ingredient in a number of dishes
What are the benefits of consuming taro leaves? Keep on reading to obtain information on the benefits of eating taro leaves, as reported by Healthline, on Friday (03/20/2020) .
Taro leaves contain a lot of micro nutrients. 145 grams of taro leaves contain 35 calories, 6 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber, 57 percent vitamin C, 34 percent vitamin A, 14 percent potassium, and 17 percent folate.
The content of vitamin C and polyphenols on taro leaves can help prevent disease. This is because taro leaves contain high antioxidants.
The antioxidant content can reduce harmful substances called free radicals, and also facilitate blood flow. Excessive free radicals in the body can cause several diseases such as cancer, autoimmune and heart disease.
Consuming taro leaves can reduce the risk of heart disease by 15.8 percent, according to the study
Taro leaves are also good for those on a diet due to its low amount of calories, in addition to containing lots of fiber and water. Eating taro leaves can cause a sensation of feeling full when eating, making you eat less.
However, keep in mind that taro leaves can also be poisonous if consumed raw. This is because raw taro leaves contain a very high oxalate substance which can cause several diseases, such as kidney stones.
To remove the oxalate substance attached to the taro leaves, you can soak the taro leaves for 30 minutes. In addition to soaking, you can also boil them.