Koovapodi - Arrowroot - Ararutkilangu - കൂവപ്പൊടി
Arrowroot is a large, perennial herb found in rainforest habitats. It is cultivated for a starch obtained from the rhisomes (rootstocks) which is used as a nutritious food as well as medicine. In ancient times South American tribals used arrowroot to draw out toxins in people shot with poison arrows, hence the name "arrowroot". The cultivation of arrowroot was propogated in British colonies.
It is known as Ararutkilangu in Tamil, Koova in malayalam, Ararut-gaddalu in telugu, Koove-hittu in Kannada.
Gandhigram Arrowroot is produced from purest arrowroot roots procured from rain forests of western ghats by Gandhigram Trust Wayanad.
Health Benefits of KoovapodiAs an Infant Food
Arrowroot powder is a soft food for infants.It is nutritious and easily digesting food for them. Arrowroot has been used as an infant formula in place of breast milk or to help the baby adjust after weaning.
Koova for Pregnant Women
Arrowroot powder is a good supplement of vitamins and minerals for women during Pregnancy period. It is a good source of Folate. In pregnancy it reduces risk of urinary infection and constipation.
Koova for Bedridden Patients
Arrowroot is a supplementary diet for bedridden patients and convalescents because it contains low calorie, high electrolyte, vitamins and minerals. It is an excellent source of potassium.
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