Arrow roots 1 kg
- Approximate pieces: 3
- Arrowroot is very low in calories
- Rich in  proteins
- Gluten Free
- Good source of folates
Arrowroot is very low in calories; 100 fresh roots carry just 65 calories; less than that of potato, yam, cassava, etc. Its chief polymeric carbohydrates are amylopectin (80%) and amylose (20%). Its powder is fine, odorless, granular starch that is found utility in the food industry as thickener and stabilizing agent. It has relatively more protein than that of other tropical food sources like yam, potato, cassava, plantains, etc.
As in other roots and tubers, arrowroot too is free from gluten. Gluten-free starch is used in special food preparations for celiac disease patients.
Fresh roots indeed are a good source of folates. 100 g arrowroot provides 338 µg or 84% of daily required levels of folates.
Folate, along with vitamin B-12, is one of the essential components that take part in the DNA synthesis and cell division. Diet rich in folate when given during preconception periods and pregnancy may help prevent neural-tube defects and other congenital malformations in the offspring.
Arrowroot contains helthy levels of the B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin. Many of these vitamins take part as substrates for enzymes in carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism in the body.
Further, it contains moderate levels of some essential minerals like copper, iron, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, and zinc. Besides, it is an excellent source of potassium (454 mg per 100g or 10% of RDA). Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help regulate heart rate and blood pressure.