Health values of cassava compared to wheat and yam: A critical review of carbohydrate/fibre and fat/fibre ratios

Bonaventure C Onodu, Richard J Culas, Ezekiel U. Nwose

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Abstract

Beyond nutritional values are the pharmacological potentials of cassava comparative with other staple carbohydrate plant-based foods such as wheat. The knowledge of applicability to diabetes and its cardiovascular complications management seems not just limited, but unacknowledged. As a preliminary study, carbohydrate/fibre and fat/fibre ratios of cassava is investigated in view of diabetes and dyslipidaemia concerns. Critical reanalysis of a report data was performed, especially comparing carbohydrate/fibre and fat/fibre ratios of cassava with wheat yam and in view of dyslipidaemia. Fat/fibre ratios are negligible in unprocessed products (<2), but x55 higher in processed (flours) wheat and x5 in yam than cassava. Carbohydrate/fibre ratios are also negligible in unprocessed products (<10), but significantly x14 higher in processed (flours) wheat and x4 yam than cassava. There is evidence that relative to wheat meal, for instance, cassava contributes less fat and much more fibres. Since fat is pro-obesity, which in turn is pro-diabetic/metabolic syndrome, and fibre is anti-dyslipidaemic; cassava has pharmacological values to be appreciated over some carbohydrate plant-based foods.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Conference on Research in Chemical, Agricultural & Biological Sciences (RCABS-2017)
Place of PublicationSingapore
Pages180-182
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event6th International Conference on Research in Chemical, Agricultural & Biological Sciences: RCABS-2017 - Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen, Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 27 Mar 201728 Mar 2017
https://web.archive.org/web/20161125120415/http://www.earbm.org/conference/RCABS-17 (Conference website)
http://www.earbm.org/proceedingspdf.php?id=48 (Conference proceedings)

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Research in Chemical, Agricultural & Biological Sciences
Country/TerritorySingapore
CitySingapore
Period27/03/1728/03/17
Other6th International Conference on Research in Chemical, Agricultural & Biological Sciences (RCABS-2017) scheduled on March 27-28, 2017 at Singapore is for the engineers, practitioners, scientists, researchers, scholars, and students from all around the world and it also includes the industry people to present ongoing research activities, and hence to foster research relations between Academia and industry. The conference is sponsored by Eminent Association of Pioneers (EAP). This conference provides opportunities for the delegates to share new ideas and application experiences face to face, to establish business or research relations and to find global partners for future collaboration. All the submitted conference papers will be peer reviewed by the program/technical committees of the Conference.
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