Cassava: Health Benefits and Recipes Re-visited!

Cassava is a root vegetable that we have recently begun to use in the place of white potato. Here are some of the health benefits and a few tips on how to use it. Enjoy!



Some health benefits as shared by

1. Cassava to lose weight

Cassava which is rich in dietary fiber is the right choice if you can’t wait to lose weight.

Cassava can make you feel full for a longer period of time. Thus reducing the need to constantly snack on food so as to suppress weight gain.

2. Cassava cures migraines

The presence of vitamin B2 and riboflavin in tubers is useful for curing headaches and migraines. Eating cassava can help reduce constant migraine attacks.

The trick is to take 60 grams of roots or cassava leaves and soak them in water for 2 hours then make the juice. This will reduce the severity of your migraine.

3. Cassava improves digestive health

As mentioned above, cassava is rich in dietary fiber which is very beneficial for the body and its function.

Insoluble fiber helps in improving your digestive system by absorbing all the poisons stored in your intestine, and also by reducing inflammation in your digestive tract.

4. Cassava treats diarrhea

The antioxidant properties of the roots can help overcome flaccid stools.

If you suffer from diarrhea, boil the roots in water for one hour and consume them.

This will help to get rid of bacteria that cause stomach problems and reduce the symptoms of diarrhea as well.

5. Cassava improves vision

One of the other main benefits of cassava is that it is beneficial to your eye health.

Consumption of controlled cassava can help your body with the vitamins and minerals needed.

Filled with vitamin A content, cassava can help improve your vision, it can also prevent blindness or poor vision.

6. Cassava heals wounds

The whole cassava plant, namely the stems, leaves and roots are all useful in treating wounds.

Roots can help prevent wounds from becoming infected and speed healing.

7. Cassava cures fever

Cassava can be used to treat mild fever.

When boiled together with cassava leaves, it increases the ability to relieve fever. You can make potions from both of them and drink them to reduce your body temperature.

8. Cassava cleanses worms

Eating cassava can help relieve nematode lice in your stomach and intestines. Cassava roots help remove worms in your intestines and provide assistance.

9. Cassava increases appetite

Carbohydrates and fiber in cassava play an important role in regaining your appetite.

If you feel weak and have no appetite, maybe for emotional or physical reasons, try putting a few pieces of cassava into your menu.

10. Cassava increases energy

Because cassava is rich in carbohydrates, edible tubers are very useful in instantly increasing your energy.

This helps improve the functioning of your brain and supplies energy.

But keep in mind that cassava must be cooked properly before consumption, otherwise cassava can cause acute poisoning because of the naturally occurring cyanide content in the raw state.


Here is how we prepare and serve it at home


  • Cassava tends to be long in shape. Cut it up into three sections to ensure that it cooks evenly.
  • Make sure you have a very sharp knife to hand or you will struggle to get through the thick skin. I use ceramic knives which are amazing for fruit and veg.
  • After you have cut it, you will need to peel it. The outer layer is about 1mm thick and you will need a sharp knife to get through it. You can then use a blunt butter knife to lever the the thick skin from the white, firmer flesh underneath. Ensure that all the skin is removed thoroughly.
  • Cut the cassava chunks into quarters and remove the thin, brown string that runs through the centre of the vegetable.
  • Cut these prepared pieces now into chip shapes.
  • Boil up water and add: 1 tsp Turmeric, 1/2 tsp salt  and 1/2 tsp garlic powder.
  • Now part-boil the cassava chips until soft all the way through (test this with a sharp knife).
  • Drain the chips and then add ghee to a large frying pan.
  • Fry all sides of the chips until golden brown
  • Serve with horseradish or tartar sauce.


Here are some more serving options…


Cassava Recipes

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