Cocoyam or Taro (Colocasia esculenta) is a starchy edible tuber and bears broad greenish leaves. It is grown in several places around the world. We usually consume the roots tubers or its leaves, locally called kontomire. Both the root and leaves have many health benefits for the body because they are rich in nutrients (22 Essential benefits of Cocoyam leaves).
22 Essential benefits of Cocoyam leaves lists extensively the benefits of the leaves (kontomire).
The cocoyam roots or corms (which the Akans of Ghana call mankani) mature between 8 – 10 months. Also, the starch-rich, round shaped taproot develops underground and we pull it out of the soil during harvesting. Asia, West Africa and Southern America are major consumers of cocoyam corms.
This post shall handle the cocoyam roots nutrition facts.
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Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)
|Principle||Nutrient Value||Percentage of RDA|
|Total Fat||0.20 g||<1%|
|Dietary Fiber||4.1 g||11%|
|Pantothenic acid||0.303 mg||6%|
|Vitamin A||76 IU||2.5%|
|Vitamin C||4.5 mg||7%|
|Vitamin E||2.38 mg||20%|
|Vitamin K||1 µg||1%|
Data source: USDA National Nutrient data base
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