5 Astounding Health Benefits Of Arbi (Taro Root) You Probably Didn't Know

Arbi (or taro root) not just brings good taste but also a world of health benefits to the plate. Both the leaves and root/tuber/corm of arbi are used for cooking.

Neha Grover  |  Updated: July 01, 2020 12:17 IST

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5 Astounding Health Benefits Of Arbi (Taro Root) You Probably Didn't Know

Healthy diet: Arbi provides many health benefits

Highlights
  • Arbi not just brings good taste but also many health benefits
  • Both the leaves and root of arbi are used for cooking
  • Arbi is a high fibre food and aids in weight loss

When it comes to fulfilling our nutritional requirement, we really don't need to look far for foods that fulfil it. Dig into the deep well of the Indian subcontinent and you'll find everything you need to stack up your pantry with foods full of nutrition. There are some foods that we have been eating all our lives but they somehow slid into oblivion. Arbi (or taro root) not just brings good taste but also a world of health benefits to the plate. Yet, it remains devoid of the recognition it truly deserves. Arbi is a starchy root vegetable that has a brown-coloured fibrous exterior and a white, slightly slimy flesh inside. 

Both the leaves and root/tuber/corm of arbi are used for cooking. It carries a unique mix of a deep nutty and a mild sweet taste. The vegetable is usually turned into a savoury dish but it can also be used to create sweet dishes. Its soft, creamy flesh makes for a luscious meal. More than its great taste, arbi should be included in the diet for its innumerable health benefits.
 

Arbi Nutrition -

NutrientUnitValue per 100 g
Proximates
Waterg63.8
Energykcal142
EnergykJ594
Proteing0.52
Total lipid (fat)g0.11
Ashg0.97
Carbohydrate, by differenceg34.6
Fiber, total dietaryg5.1
Sugars, totalg0.49
Minerals
Calcium, Camg18
Iron, Femg0.72
Magnesium, Mgmg30
Phosphorus, Pmg76
Potassium, Kmg484
Sodium, Namg15
Zinc, Znmg0.27
Copper, Cumg0.201
Manganese, Mnmg0.449
Selenium, Seµg0.9
Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acidmg5
Thiaminmg0.107
Riboflavinmg0.028
Niacinmg0.51
Pantothenic acidmg0.336
Vitamin B-6mg0.331
Folate, totalµg19
Folic acidµg0
Folate, foodµg19
Folate, DFEµg19
Choline, totalmg21.3
Vitamin B-12µg0
Vitamin B-12, addedµg0
Vitamin A, RAEµg4
Retinolµg0
Carotene, betaµg39
Carotene, alphaµg0
Cryptoxanthin, betaµg22
Vitamin A, IUIU84
Lycopeneµg0
Lutein + zeaxanthinµg0
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)mg2.93
Vitamin E, addedmg0
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)µg0
Vitamin DIU0
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)µg1.2
Lipids
Fatty acids, total saturatedg0.023
4:00g0
6:00g0
8:00g0
10:00g0
12:00g0
14:00g0
16:00g0.019
18:00g0.003
Fatty acids, total monounsaturatedg0.009
16:1 undifferentiatedg0
18:1 undifferentiatedg0.009
20:01g0
22:1 undifferentiatedg0
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturatedg0.046
18:2 undifferentiatedg0.032
18:3 undifferentiatedg0.014
18:04g0
20:4 undifferentiatedg0
20:5 n-3 (EPA)g0
22:5 n-3 (DPA)g0
22:6 n-3 (DHA)g0
Fatty acids, total transg0
Cholesterolmg0

(Also Read: Sabut Arbi Recipe)

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Health Benefits Of Arbi

1. Weight Loss

Arbi is an excellent source of dietary fibre that keeps us full for a long time and prevents high intake of food. A 100 gram portion of arbi contains 5.1 grams of fibre. Its low caloric content also facilitates weight management and aids in losing extra kilos.

2. Helps In Combating Diabetes

Arbi is a known low glycaemic food that slows down the process of breaking down of glucose in the liver. It also contains resistant starch that is not easily absorbed and digested. This slows down the rise of blood sugar level after a meal. Its corm is packed with complex carbohydrates, which is again not easily digestible.

3. Protects Heart

The high fibre content of arbi reduces the cholesterol level in the body. Arbi is a zero fat and zero cholesterol food. It also contains a good amount of vitamin E that fights off cardiovascular issues to a large extent.

(Also Read: Fried Arbi Recipe)

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Arbi can be used to make a number of delicious meals

4. Provides A Number Of Antioxidants 

Arbi contains plant-based compounds called polyphenols (mainly quercetin) that may provide protection from deadly diseases like cancer. Arbi leaves, teeming with antioxidants, beta carotenes and vitamin A, work to provide overall wellness.

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5. May Control Hypertension

Arbi is a zero fat and low sodium food that meets the requirement of a diet charted out for patients with high blood pressure.

The advantages of eating arbi are many and are not limited to the above-mentioned points. It's time for arbi to come out of its limbo and gain some fame in the world of health.
 

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