Monday, September 5, 2016

Purple yam, Rich Rice Replacement Benefits

Rice is still a source of food most consumed by the people of Indonesia. With the amount of rice consumption at 130 kg per capita per year, efforts to diversify the food becomes a challenge. In fact, there are many alternatives to rice that is not less tasty and even contains a lot of benefits such as purple yam.

"In Japan alone, only 60 kg per capita per year, lower than Indonesia because diversification is already underway," said the professor of community nutrition from Bogor Agricultural University, Professor Dr. Ir. Ali Khomsan, MS, when met at the Penang Bistro on Monday (5/9).

Ali said the purple sweet potato is a kind of local food with the potential to be developed as a staple food to reduce the burden of rice consumption. One reason, purple sweet potato has a low glycemic index so as to prevent oebsitas and rich in fiber. The fiber content can help the people of Indonesia to meet the shortage of fiber asupam.

"The Indonesian nation lacking in fiber. Everyday, an average of only 10.5 grams, whereas it takes about 20-30 grams a day," said Ali.

As a non gluten foodstuffs, Ali said the purple sweet potato also contains beta-carotene and anthocyanins are high. Both the content has a positive impact on the maintenance of a healthy body.

Anthocyanins, for example, are also able to relax blood vessels to become more flexible. In the condition of blood vessels are not rigid, Ali said piles of cholesterol can be avoided.

"Unfortunately, this time the focus of food security is only one commodity (rice). Food-based tubers almost neglected," said Ali.

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