If you’ve been wondering where to buy cassava flour, look no further: we’re pleased to welcome this paleo-friendly option to our family of fantastic gluten free flours. Cassava flour’s neutral flavor and fine, light texture make it an excellent choice for sweet and savory baked goods. You can also use it to bread meat and seafood, and to replace breadcrumbs in meatballs and veggie burgers.
Like its cousin, tapioca starch, cassava flour is created from the cassava root, a longtime staple crop in South America, Asia and Africa. Try your hand at cassava bread–also known as casabe, an ancient food of the Caribbean–or browse our collection of cassava flour recipes to create superior brownies, flatbread and even cassava tortillas!
- Gluten Free
- Grain Free
- Nut Free
CASSAVA HEALTH BENEFITS
1. Digestive Health
Cassava is a digestive resistant starch which means it quite literally resists digestion. Resistant starches are considered to be the most beneficial type of starch because they feed the good bacteria in the gut.
Most starches break down and get absorbed as glucose but resistant starches like cassava travel unimpeded through the intestines to the colon. They are then converted into beneficial fatty acids by the intestinal bacteria where they help combat inflammation and boost your energy.
The fiber content of cassava also contributes to a healthy digestive system and can help combat constipation, bloating and indigestion.
2. For Heart Health
Several studies have demonstrated that cassava can help reduce cholesterol levels in people who consume it. One study published in 2013 found that both cassava and sweet potatoes helped to lower cholesterol in people with elevated levels. (1) this effect is believed to be a result of the high fiber content of the vegetables.
The saponins found in cassava also help reduce cholesterol by binding to unhealthy cholesterol and preventing its absorption into the small intestines.
As well as reducing your cholesterol levels which has very beneficial effects on the heart and overall health, cassava is a good source of potassium. Potassium is known to help regulate the heartbeat and keep blood pressure under control.
3. Healthy Bones
The calcium found in cassava is vital to ensure healthy, strong bones and also teeth. People with a calcium deficiency are more at risk of developing brittle bones and conditions like osteoporosis which increase the risk of fracture and seriously hinder mobility.
As well as the calcium contained in the vegetable, the edible leaves contain vitamin K can also play a significant role in healthy bones.
4. Blood Sugar Levels
Another great benefit of the fiber contained in cassava is that it slows down the rate at which sugar is absorbed into the blood. Cassava also has a low glycemic index of 44 meaning that it is especially suitable for people with diabetes.
5. Antioxidant Properties
Cassava contains several beneficial antioxidants including saponins, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. These antioxidants are invaluable in terms of their ability to combat cellular damage and protect against disease. Studies have even shown that the saponins in cassava could help prevent cancer.
6. Weight Control
Despite being so high in carbohydrates, cassava may help people to control their weight or even to shed a few pounds as part of a healthy diet plan. Because cassava is such a great source of dietary fiber, it may help you feel more sated throughout the day and less likely to snack between meals. In the long run, this may result in a smaller waistline but do not expect a quick fix.
7. For The Skin
Some people use cassava to make a natural exfoliating paste on their skin. If you find yourself with peels that you would normally discard, consider using them to make a paste which you can then scrub onto your face several times a week.
Cassava roots can also be combined with olive oil and honey to make a natural hydrating face mask.
CASSAVA PREPARATION PRECAUTIONS
This one is worth repeating. Cassava contains a toxic compound called linamarin which is converted into hydrogen cyanide in the system.
Cyanide poisoning from incorrectly prepared cassava has been reported, this can result in various symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache and even paralysis and death.
It must not be eaten raw but if you make sure to peel and cook it properly, the toxins are eliminated.