It has a brown outer skin and white flesh with purple specks throughout. When cooked, it has a mildly sweet taste and a texture similar to potato.
Taro root is a great source of fiber and other nutrients and offers a variety of potential health benefits, including improved blood sugar management, gut and heart health.
Here are 7 health benefits of taro root.
It also contains the following:
- Fiber: 6.7 grams
- Manganese: 30% of the daily value (DV)
- Vitamin B6: 22% of the DV
- Vitamin E: 19% of the DV
- Potassium: 18% of the DV
- Copper: 13% of the DV
- Vitamin C: 11% of the DV
- Phosphorus: 10% of the DV
- Magnesium: 10% of the DV
Summary Taro root is a good source of fiber and many vitamins and minerals that the standard American diet frequently lacks.
Fiber is a carbohydrate that humans can’t digest. Since it’s not absorbed, it has no impact on blood sugar levels.
Studies have found that high-fiber diets — containing up to 42 grams per day — can reduce blood sugar levels by roughly 10 mg/dl in people with type 2 diabetes (4).
Taro also contains a special type of starch, known as resistant starch, that humans cannot digest and thus does not raise blood sugar levels. Roughly 12% of the starch in cooked taro root is resistant starch, making it one of the better sources of this nutrient (5).