Cassava can be described as a root vegetable. The root is used as both a food source and to make medicines.
Cassava can be used to induce labor and tiredness in those with diarrhea. However, there is not enough scientific evidence to support this use.
Cassava leaves and root can be eaten as food. Cassava has a similar nutritional profile to potatoes. Cassava does contain chemicals known as cyanogenic glycosides. These chemicals can cause the body to release cyanide. Cassava should be properly prepared before it is eaten to avoid cyanide poisoning.
Cassava is safe to eat if it has been properly prepared. Cassava that isn’t properly prepared can be dangerous. Cassava improperly prepared can contain chemicals that convert to cyanide in your body. This can lead to cyanide poisoning, and even paralysis. This is particularly true if the diet contains low levels of protein.
Cassava consumption can trigger an allergic reaction in some people.
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