Arvi

Arvi is native to Southeast Asia. It is also known as ,arbi,colocasia, taso roots, kachalu etc It is a perennial, tropical plant primarily grown as a root vegetable for its edible starchy corm, and as a leaf vegetable. It is a food staple in African, Oceanic and Pakistani south Indian cultures and is believed to have been one of the earliest cultivated plants.

 

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Arvi: Nutritional Value

Arvi is often used in a similar fashion to a potato, but in fact has better nutritional qualities than a potato. It has almost three times the dietary fiber, which is important for proper digestive health and regularity. Fiber can also fill you up and make you feel less hungry with fewer calories. Taro root has a low Glycemic Index, as opposed to potato which has a high Glycemic Index. A low GI means that taro effects blood sugar levels slowly, without the peaks and crashes of a high GI, which lead to increased hunger later on. Eating a diet of low GI foods can also help prevent diabetes.

It is nutritious, and is an excellent source of potassium, which is an essential mineral for many bodily functions. Arvi also containssome calcium, vitamin C, vitamin E and B vitamins, as well as magnesium, manganese and copper. Taro leaves contain good amounts of vitamins A and C, fiber and a relatively high amount of protein.

 

 

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