Arbi, a seasonal fruit and vegetable, is not only delicious but also has several health advantages. This vegetable, also known as taro root, is high in fibre, antioxidants, vitamin C, and magnesium.
Nutritionist Lovneet Batra referred to it as a “great gift of nature” and said, “Have you ever tasted this delectable delicacy – Taro root, also known as arbi in Hindi? Well, this magnificent gift from nature offers a wide range of health advantages in addition to delicious taste.
Nutritionist Dr. Rachna Agarwal agreed, stating that “Arbi, when taken in moderation, is really helpful for weight loss. It boosts immunity and is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. She added that boiling this root vegetable and preparing a salad is the healthiest way to eat it. As a complex carbohydrate, she explained, “it should not be coupled with oil, thus frying should be avoided.”
Loveneet Batra, a nutritionist, continued by listing its advantages!
Despite being a starchy vegetable, taro root has two kinds of carbohydrates that are good for controlling blood sugar: fibre and resistant starch, which help slow down digestion and reduce significant blood sugar rises after meals.
Offers anti-cancer properties: Taro root contains plant-based substances called polyphenols that may lessen the risk of cancer among other health advantages. Quercetin, the primary polyphenol in taro root, guards your body against excessive free radical damage that has been related to cancer.
Promotes gut health: Taro root’s fibre and resistant starch are fermented by gut bacteria to create short-chain fatty acids, which may offer protection against inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer.
Better eye health: Taro root contains antioxidants including beta-carotene and cryptoxanthin that improve vision and general eye health. These antioxidants slow down the ageing of eye cells that could lead to cataract and macular degeneration.