Are you trying to follow a Paleo diet but craving french fries? Consider Paleo Yuca Fries as your healthy potato alternative. Potato chips and french fries are not on the Paleo Diet because as they have a high glycemic index, even higher once they are fried in inflammatory vegetable oils.
White potatoes aren’t paleo as they contain one of the highest glycemic index values of any food. This high glycemic index causes your blood sugar levels to rise rapidly which in turn causes your blood insulin concentrations to rapidly increase. When these two things happen repeatedly over time, you start to become insulin resistant, a condition that frequently occurs before the development of a condition known as Metabolic Syndrome. Insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome lead to several dangerous inflammatory health effects including morbid obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Root vegetables, as long as they are not white potatoes, are allowed on the Paleo Diet.
Yuca (pronounced yoo-cuh) and also called Cassava, is a root vegetable similar to the potato with a thick waxy outer skin and a starchy center. It is primarily native to South and Central America and used widely in Latin cooking and makes an ideal potato alternative.
Yuca root is a perennial plant that is found in many tropical climates. In developing countries like Africa, Asia, and South America, it is used as a major food source, and has been for many years. While yuca is still not well known outside of these countries, it accounts for about 30% of the Worlds production of roots. Grinding the yuca root into powder produces tapioca flour while grinding the root into small powder balls forms the tapioca balls enjoyed in puddings and boba teas.
- Do not confuse YUCA and YUCCA, they are two very different plants. Yuca is the root of the Cassava plant ( Manihot esculenta) while Yucca is a cactus-like ornamental shrub of spiky flowered plants common in Southern and Western parts of the United States, including Texas, Florida, New Mexico, and California. Yucca does not have the edible root of the yuca, and the two plants are commonly confused.
Yuca has several positive health benefits, one of which is the support of beneficial intestinal bacteria which in turn aids the proper digestion of food and prevents the unhealthy or “bad” bacteria from growing and flourishing. Research has shown that the high fiber content of yuca when ingested stays longer in the intestines and acts on the intestinal flora helping to regulate and balance, by stimulating the friendly normal flora and inhibiting others.
Yuca is also a rich source of easily absorbable manganese, which helps in the process of repairing joints. Yuca is also a good source of fiber, folate, vitamin C, and potassium. There is some evidence that yuca (cassava) has the ability to decrease appetite and decrease the amount of fat storage in fat cells.
How can you add the health benefits of yuca to your Paleo diet while enjoying fries once again? Try Neilly’s Yuca Fries as a healthy alternative to potatoes that can be eaten boiled, fried or baked. Yuca Fries, or Yucas Fritas, are all natural and gluten-free. Learn more at http://www.neillys.com/menu/yuca-fries/