If prepared incorrectly, the cassava_root can produce cyanide, a deadly chemical when digested. Small number of people are allergic to the plant.

Cassava is the third-largest source of food carbohydrates in the tropics, after rice and maize.Is a major staple food in the developed world, providing a basic diet for over half a billion people. It is one of the most drought-tolerant crops, capable of growing on marginal soils.
Nigeria is the world’s greatest producer of cassava, while Thailand is the largest exporter of dried cassava. The root is long and tapered, with a firm, homogeneous flesh encased in a detachable rind, about 1 mm thick, rough and brown on the outside.

Cassava carries some of the valuable B-complex group of vitamins such as:

  • folate
  • thiamine
  • pyridoxine (vitamin B-6)
  • riboflavin
  • pantothenic acid.

It is one of the chief sources of some essential minerals like zinc, magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese for many inhabitants in the tropical belts. Also, it has sufficient amounts of potassium (271 mg per 100g or 6% of RDA). Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help regulate heart rate and blood pressure.

It contains B17 component. The following happens when a cancer patient eats cassava(manioc):
The manioc’s Vitamin B17 combines in the normal human cell with an enzyme called Rhodanese, who breaks down the B17 into three sugars. The cancer cell, which is an immature cell, has a different enzyme, beta-glucosidase, which breaks the B17 into glucose, hydrocyanic acid & benzaldehyde. The hydrocyanic acid acts like an “LTTE “cyanide capsule, killing the cancer cell.

Do not eat it raw
because it contains chemicals called cyanogenic glucoside, which act as toxins. It is important to cook your cassava by roasting or boiling, which reduces these compounds to safe levels.

After much research has been conducted, it is believed that the chemicals in cassava can actually cause Hyperovulation. Because of this, women who take cassava supplements or eat the plant are more likely to have twins and those who do not.

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