Tropical Root Crops

By vaughn6500 Latest Reply 2011-11-04 07:19:18 -0500
Started 2011-10-30 11:51:27 -0500

Sweet potato, cassava, taro and yam locally known as kamote, kamoteng kahoy, gabi, and ube, respectively are some of the starchy root crops found to have low glycemic index (GI).
Based on the study conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), starchy root crops were found to be low GI foods equivalent to less than or equal to 55.
GI is a classification of food based on the blood glucose response to a food relative to a standard glucose solution. Low glycemic foods control the release of glucose into our bloodstreams at a steady and sustained rate, keeping our body’s metabolic processes and energy levels balanced.
People with low glycemic diets or eat low glycemic foods are said to have lower risk of getting coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes. For those already suffering from diabetes, low GI foods can help in the proper control and management of diabetes mellitus.
These foods also improve physical endurance, as blood glucose levels are kept at a moderate level, instead of dipping drastically due to sudden insulin production, for a more sustained period of time. Moreover, they help control glucose levels in the blood, lower and control triglyceride and lipid levels in the blood, and help with weight loss and maintenance of healthy weight.
Starchy roots and tubers contain other nutrients, like protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin C. Yellow kamote has a relatively high level of beta-carotene while cassava and sweet potato are relatively good sources of vitamin C. (FNRI-DOST / PIA ZC).

7 replies

jayabee52 2011-10-30 14:37:25 -0500 Report

Where is "locally" for you Vaughn?

Caroltoo 2011-10-30 15:08:01 -0500 Report

Hope he responds, I'm curious too.

jayabee52 2011-10-30 15:19:29 -0500 Report

From what he shared in another discussion post (on corn) I am guessing Vaughn is from somewhere in the Phillipines.

Caroltoo 2011-10-30 19:50:41 -0500 Report

Could be. I know it sounds like he is in a culture further into the pacific than Hawaii. I was guessing somewhere in Micronesia/Melanesia, because of his avatar. We have the purple yams here in Hawaii also. They are yummy.

vaughn6500 2011-10-31 06:06:30 -0500 Report

my parents are from the Philippines & one of my cousins just sen me the link of this article & all I did was copy & pasted it on the discussion board. I have yet to try some of those things that was mention on the article.

Caroltoo 2011-10-31 16:25:27 -0500 Report

Thanks, Vaughn. I've lived here in Hawaii for 20 years now and find our many pacific cultures just fascinating; always something new to learn. It sounds like you and your parents are no longer in the PI.

vaughn6500 2011-11-04 07:19:18 -0500 Report

yup, immigrated to the US when i was 10 years old but we do visit the country somtimes & the last time was about 20 years ago … lols

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