Just a reminder, though: the ingredients you add in making cassava products matter. For example, adding too much sugar or salt can negate the cassava benefits.
Warnings about cassava
Although there are many cassava benefits we can take advantage of, there are some warnings that should be heeded before eating it. Cassava roots contain potentially toxic hydrocyanic acid. In addition, cassava can also absorb pollutants as it is currently cultivated near roads or factories and generally without consideration for potential sources of soil, water, or atmospheric pollution.
These are perhaps some of the reasons behind the previously reported cases of food poisoning resulting from eating cassava cake. It might not have been something as simple as eating fresh cassava cake, but rather the preparation of the cassava, as well as the quality of the cassava used in the dessert.
It is therefore important to observe careful washing, peeling, and adequate preparation before eating cassava. These are big steps for reducing human exposure to both environmental pollutants and natural hydrocyanic acid.
Cassava benefits can largely be found in the root of the plant. A calorie-rich tuber, we can eat cassava root in a variety of ways including whole, grated, or ground into flour. While the cassava root is the most versatile and rich in nutrients, studies have also been made regarding the cassava leaves with some promising results. While cassava has proven to contain vitamins and minerals, careful washing and peeling on top of adequate preparation is still necessary before cassava should be consumed by humans.
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