Is Yuca Root Good For Diabetes?

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Is Yuca Root Good or Bad For Diabetes

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Hello, I’m Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com, researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I’m going to answer the question, is yuca root good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you download my free diabetes management book which also includes a diabetes grocery shopping guide (foods to eat and avoid).

OK, first things first. When this question was posed, it was asked if the “YUCCA root” was good for diabetes. Right off the bat I can so NO! Why? Because the yucca is an ornamental spiky flowered plants common in Southern and Western parts of the US, including Florida, New Mexico, and California. But they don’t have an edible root.

So I think what is being asked about is the YUCA root. But don’t feel bad, spell check keeps trying to change yuca to yucca every time I type it and it is getting a little annoying. The yuca is a potato-like starch found in many Latino dishes and is also known as cassava. This is native to South American and is largely consumed throughout Latin America, Africa, South Asia and the Caribbean.

The yuca got a very bad wrap in the diabetes community back in 1994 when a study published in the journal “Acta Horticulturae,” suggested that cassava has been suspected of causing diabetes.
However, several studies have shown a low incidence of diabetes in Africans who eat cassava regularly.

A 2006 study found in the journal “Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology,” stated that none of the 1,381 subjects had diabetes, even though cassava accounted for a full 84 percent of their caloric intake.

Another study, published in the October 1992 issue of “Diabetes Care,” noted that Tanzanians who ate cassava regularly had a lower incidence of diabetes than those who rarely ate it.

Yuca has a GI of 46 and a GL of 4. Both are low on their respective scales and indicate that yuca doesn’t affect the blood sugar greatly.

So, is the yuca root good for diabetes? Yes it is. Just don’t confuse YUCA for YUCCA. There are parts of the yucca plant that are edible, mainly the flowers and fruit. We aren’t talking about fruit, we are discussing roots.

One quick warning: you need to be very careful in eating yuca because of a high level of a toxic compound called hydrogen cyanide. This has the potential to worsen diabetes related circumstances. You can minimize your risk of toxicity by choosing a sweet-tasting variety of yuca. Cyanide levels can also be greatly reduced through soaking.

I hope this answered your question is yuca root good or bad for diabetes. Don’t forget to get your diabetes management book.

Let me know if you have any other diabetes related questions.

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