Yellow cassava!! Doesn’t that sound weird?
It indeed sounds weird when trying to imagine how vitamins could be inside cassava!! Cassava is so popular that the most consumed in sub-Saharan Africa and its tuber color is known to be white while it’s only known to contain carbohydrates. So, boom!! Where does this yellowish cassava tuber containing vitamin A come from? Still, sounding weird? Let’s talk about this awesome nutritious crop.
Vitamin A cassava also known as “yellow cassava” is a variety of cassava that derived its name due to its natural yellow-like pigment of root and stem. The yellow coloration is basically due to the high beta-carotene level present in the cassava plant. Beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin A and breaks down to vitamin A in the body and is present mostly in fruits and vegetables such as carrots, Oranges, Mangoes, pepper, spinach, etc. The vitamin A cassava variety of cassava was developed to combat micronutrient deficiency while serving to drive out “hidden hunger” caused by the deficiency of essential micronutrients in the body. The nutritional benefits derived from the vitamin A cassava when consumed gives it a major edge over the white cassava varieties. Consumption of products from the yellow cassava varieties provides about 40-70% daily vitamin A requirement of the body needed for good eyesight, cognitive development in growing children below 5 years, improved immune system, maintenance of healthy skin, etc
Still, sounding weird? Not!!!
Eating healthy!! Living healthy!! Vitamin A cassava gives you that assurance!!