Amazing Taro Root Benefits
The health benefits of taro root include its ability to improve digestion, lower your blood sugar levels, prevent certain types of cancers, protect the skin, boost vision health, increase circulation, decrease blood pressure, aid the immune system, and prevent heart disease, while also supporting muscle and nerve health.
Legacy of Poi
Poi is the go-to starch for many Hawaiians. Made from the potato-shaped, bulbous underground part of the taro plant, poi is uniquely Hawaiian. Taro is grown all around the world, but only Hawaiians make poi out of it.
Type and age of Poi
To make poi, you need to cook, mash, and ferment the taro roots. The taste of the poi depends upon how long it is left to ferment. Fresh poi is sometimes called “sweet poi,” whereas poi that has fermented several days is often called “sour poi.”
Poi can be made in various different consistencies, too. Poi connoisseurs refer to poi’s consistency by giving it a title that reflects how many fingers it takes to dip and carry the poi to the mouth. That’s right. Poi is one of those foods that’s perfectly fine to eat with your fingers. Thus, poi might be one-, two- or three-finger poi!
From Egypt to Hawaii
Records that go back as far as the early findings of the existence of man show our ancestors were eating meat, seafood, seaweed, fruits, vegetables and Roots.
It has only been within the last 10,000 years that our ancestors began to eat grains.
This trend started in the Upper Nile River of Egypt, when people began to see the advantages of staying in one place and growing crops manly Roots, yes Taro. Taro was exported by the Pharaohs to the Roman Empire, we can presume the Gladiator of Rome had Poi for Breakfast!
Archaeological findings reveal Egyptians using their molar teeth more than they had in previous times.
This indicates the beginning of whole grain consumption. During this same period of history, findings show that the life expectancy of Egyptians decreased from about seventy-five years old, all the way down to thirty-five years of age. Later evidence shows a lesser use of the molars as time went by, and more tooth decay due to the start of milling and baking.
High consumption of grains meant clearing forests to make space for grain fields, and the green forest wood was used as fire wood for baking. As a result, the green forests of the Sahara became a desert.
I learned that many archaeologists believe that present inhabitants of the Polynesian Islands originally migrated from Egypt to Sumatra and onto Polynesia.
As Egypt became a tribe foresaw the danger of their extinction. Tribal members asked their spiritual leaders to call upon the use of the Mana powers to search the globe and to find a safe place to go and practice their beliefs, all the while maintaining their style of living and healthy way of eating. They chose a place that was isolated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean,
A place they had never seen before.
Poi Exhibits Health Benefits
For some, poi is an acquired taste. Many Hawaiians, though, love it and eat it often. It’s also known for various health benefits. Some people who cannot tolerate many foods can eat a diet consisting mainly of poi. Many Hawaiian babies eat poi as their first solid food.
Poi is a starch that is low in fat and protein. It contains several important vitamins, including vitamin B, phosphorous, and calcium. It’s also low in calories — even lower than rice!
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