Arrow roots, popularly known as nduma is a staple breakfast meal in Kenya especially in the rural areas. It is one of the few crops that you can eat its leaves, roots and even stem. However, the most common part is the roots.
Mainly, people just boil them and take with tea. However, there are several other ways of preparing arrow roots. You can deep fry them for a crunchy bite, bake them into savoury treats like muffins or bread or even cook them into a sizzling stew. The internet is awash with creative recipes that you can try out.
You’ll definitely want to switch from the bland everyday bread you take for breakfast to nduma after reading some of its benefits.
Arrow roots are rich in fibre which help ease digestion. Fibre is important as it helps deal with issues such as constipation, diarrhoea, and stomach ache.
Suitable for expectant mothers
Arrow roots have high levels of folate, a type of B vitamin that is important in the production of red blood cells and helps in developing the baby’s brain and spinal cord. Folate also helps promote quick healing and healthy growth.
Good for weight loss
Unlike other starch such as cassava and potatoes, arrow roots are low in calories. This is therefore a very good meal for anyone trying to check weight. Arrow roots are also very filling. Eating them eliminates the desire to snack between meals since it provides the minerals and the vitamins that your body so desires.
The minerals found in arrow roots are essential for fighting fatigue and weakness in the body. When consumed regularly, arrow roots help fight the disease-causing bacteria.
Arrow roots contain a good amount of potassium which is important in cleansing toxic deposits which may be found in the kidneys.
Traditionally, arrow roots were used to deal with painful gums and sores. The arrow root powder can be directly applied to the gums to bring relief from pain.
These are just some of the benefits of eating arrow roots. The good news is that they are easily available. Add them in your breakfast menu and your health will thank you for it.