Benefits Bengkoang, the White Bulbs are Rich Fiber

In Indonesia, bengkoang (Pachyrhizus Erosus) commonly consumed directly without cooking for a mixture of salad, salad, or as a side dish.

But apparently, there are many other benefits of this white tuber.

Bengkoang also known as Mexican radish, included in the group of sweet potatoes, are related to soybeans and nuts.

This plant is cultivated for bulb and root taken large. Fruit or roots are also called jicama is widely grown in Asia, Central America, Caribbean, and some parts of South America.

Bengkoang root weight can reach 20 kilogram with length of 2-6 meters. The leaves are thick and dark green. Fruit or peas measuring 13-19 cm.

Bengkoang plants can grow more in damp soil and can not grow well in the shade.

Root bengkoang generally harvested before cooked, after planting approximately six months.

This tuber feels crisp and sweet like apples. But unlike apples, the white bengkoang root meat does not change color after being cut.

The crisp taste persisted even after being cooked.

But so far, not much research that was held to find out about the benefits of bengkoang.

Below are some benefits of bangkoang that you may not know.

Bengkoang is rich in vitamin C and low in calories. In every 100 grams of bengkoang contained only 38 kk.

In addition, in each 100 gram, bengkoang contains 0.7 grams of protein, 1.8 grams of sugar, 4.9 grams of fiber, 8.8 grams of carbohydrates, 12 mg of calcium, 0.6 mg of iron, 150 mg of potassium, 12 mg magnesium, 18 mg phosphorus, 4 mg sodium, 21 IU vitamin A, 12 mcg folate.

When ripe, bengkoang seeds can contain rotenone and toxic, and can be used as a pesticide.

Raw bengkoang can also be a prebiotic or food that helps the probiotics and bacteria proliferate well in the intestines.

Bengkoang protein content in dry conditions, ie 4-7 percent, slightly higher than other tubers such as cassava.

Bengkoang flour can also be used as a substitute for cassava flour.

Seeds and leaves contain toxic substances. After cooking until the poison is gone, bengkoang peas can be used as a vegetable.

Bengkoang is believed to be a source of new starch like cassava.

Starch extract from bengkoang root can be used in pudding.

Benefits of bengkoang can be specifically felt by diabetic patients.

Bengkoang extract is thought to be the right ingredient for handling diabetes naturally.

Animal studies have found that these bulbs are rich in fructooligosaccharides, including a water-soluble fiber called inulin.

This inulin content has properties similar to insulin.

However, the benefits of bengkoang to treat diabetes in general still need further investigation.

Food Containing Potassium Friends of the Heart

Eating foods containing potassium is quite an important part in heart health.
"If your potassium levels are too high or low, the risk of heart failure," said Dr. John Day, cardiologists expert in the fields of cardiac arrhythmias.
Foods that contain potassium also helps lower blood pressure and keep the heart rhythm steady.
Every day, we are advised to consume 4,700 milligrams of potassium. That number could we insufftcient of vegetables, legumes, and fruit.
Some food items that are high in potassium include:
- Potatoes, in sizes medium containing 926 mg.- Ubi, in medium-size to contain 540 mg.- Spinach, half a cup of spinach contains 290 mg.- Tomatoes, half a cup of fresh tomatoes containing 210 mg.- Soybeans, half cup contains 440 mg.- Almonds, one-third cup contains 310 mg.- Bananas, a medium-size fruit contains 420 mg.- Orange, one medium-size fruit contains 237 mg.