Uses of Arrowroot

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Arrowroot is a root vegetable very much like a yam or sweet potato but with twice the protein. One cup of yams contains 2.3 grams of protein while one cup of arrowroot contains 5.0 grams of protein. That same cup of arrowroot contains 338 micrograms of folates, that’s 84% of the RDA. Folates and folic acid are B vitamins necessary for healthy cell growth and metabolism and critical during pregnancy to support DNA and genetic material production and the healthy division of cell division of the developing fetus.

While arrowroot can be eaten as a tuber, it is more often cleaned, boiled, powdered and sold as arrowroot flour or arrowroot starch. Powdered arrowroot is naturally gluten-free, grain-free, vegan and paleo-friendly.

Health Benefits of Arrowroot

Supports Healthy Digestion – Arrowroot contains 30-35% indigestible starch meaning it cannot be digested. When this starch contacts water in your stomach it forms a viscous gel helping to move food and waste through your digestive system. This aids in treating both constipation and diarrhea as the soluble fiber promotes elimination, and in the case of diarrhea, the arrowroot powder attracts water within your stomach and bowels improving stool consistency and bulk, reducing the frequency of stooling. Reducing liquid bowel movements may also allow your body to rehydrate and replace the associated fluid loss.

Supports Healthy Weight Loss – The high fiber (starch) and high protein content of arrowroot slow your rate of digestion, giving you a prolonged feeling of fullness. Plus, as the powder absorbs water, it swells, adding to this feeling of fullness and reducing the number of calories you consume at each meal.

Supports A Healthy Gut and Immune System – Arrowroot and arrowroot powder starches provide the prebiotics that feed your beneficial gut bacteria. Healthy and well fed gut bacteria may boost your immune health and promote the absorption of key minerals that your immune system needs to function at peak efficiency.

Supports A Gluten-free Diet – Arrowroot is naturally gluten-free. Use arrowroot flour as a substitute for wheat flour or arrowroot powder to replace cornstarch when used with almond flour, coconut flour, or tapioca flour for baking recipes. Arrowroot powder is often used to thicken puddings, sauces, and gravies and helps to improve texture, crispness, and flavor of many foods.

How To Add Arrowroot To Your Diet

Arrowroot powder is easily incorporated into your diet. You can add 1-2 small scoops of arrowroot powder to your shakes, juices or smoothies. Add nutritious arrowroot powder to your cake or cookie batter. When using arrowroot powder as a thickening agent, first mix it with water or milk before adding it to your sauces, soups or curry to avoid clumping.

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