Wellness - Nutrition | 0-18 yrs

Root For Food: Tubers That Are Healthy And Delicious


Do you know tubers were the primary foods of yogis and hermits in ancient times? Grown under the soil, tubers are basically underground stems and food banks of plants that bear buds for new ones. Tubers are rich in nutrients and can provide a host of health benefits, especially to children.

Many children may not like the look and taste of tubers. However, tubers contain high amounts of potassium, carbohydrate and vitamin C apart from antioxidants. They are easy to digest, essential for healthy bone development, good eyesight, and boost the immune system.

Tubers contain a hint of sweetness. So, you can always mash them and serve to your little one. They can also be pureed and mixed with orange juice or breast milk to serve to infants. Orange juice mixed with potato puree is a good vitamin C booster. Since tubers can easily be grown easily, try growing some in your backyard so you dig them up whenever required.

So, what are you waiting for? Read through this ClipBook to fall in love with roots for all the good reasons.


What Are Tubers?

Tubers are underground vegetables that store in all the starch and nutrients of the plant. They can be taken out and cleaned out of the soil to enjoy a nutrient-rich vegetable.

Difference Between Roots And Tubers

Although root vegetables and tubers may seem similar, there are some minor differences between them. For instance, while tubers act as storage vessels and a method to propagate new plants, root vegetables have been designed to draw moisture and nu...

How To Grow Tubers?

Tubers are affordable vegetables available in the market. However, one can grow tubers in your own backyard to have a disease-free fresh yield. A single plant of tuber can produce multiple tubers.

1. Yams

Yams look like sweet potatoes but have two very different health benefits. These roots are mostly exported from Nigeria and should not be eaten uncooked. They contain plant toxins that are removed after boiled or cooked.

2. Potatoes

Potatoes are a rich source of energy. The skin of a potato contains more potassium than that of a banana and it has more vitamin C content than a medium size tomato. However deep-fried forms of potato like french fries and chips are not suggested ...

3. Beetroot

Beets are super roots that are filled with nutrients. They contain natural antioxidants that reduce glucose levels, purify the blood, muscle oxygenation. Increase in oxygenation helps improve physical day to day activity.

4. Radish

Radishes are not often appreciated but they contribute a lot to your health. It cleanses your kidney, fights constipation, reduces blood pressure levels, fights skin damage, and so on.

5. Carrots

There is no one way to eat carrots, is there? It is vegetable loved by children and adults all over the world. For once, a favourite snack has multiple health benefits. Carrots are good for eyes, skin, teeth, heart, kidney and liver. Doesn't it co...

Reasons To Consume Tubers Regularly

Tubers help in normal organ functions. They make a great low-calorie snack and can help with weight loss in adults. Vitamin C strengthens your child's immune system and fights against infections.

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