Rice Substitute Series (5) "Talas Sebagai Sumber Energi Pengganti Nasi Yang Sehat"

"Talas is a tuber often consumed by the people of Indonesia. Although it is not as popular as cassava or potato, talas also has a delicious and soft taste that makes this tuber an alternative choice for rice. Not only that, this food source which is still often derisively considered as ‘makanan kampung’ (rural food) is also has health benefits!"

Published by : administrator  -  16/09/2020 14:00 WIB

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Talas (taro) is a tuber that grows in mainland Africa, America, and Asia. In Indonesia, this plant which has the Latin name Colocasia esculenta thrives and is transformed into a variety of contemporary foods with a strong taste, such as kroket, bakpau, cakes, donuts, bolu, puding to kolak talas (taro compote).


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It should also be noted that talas also has a different name in each region, for example taro (Nias), taleh (Lampung), tales (Madura), paco (South Sulawesi), lole (Timor) and many others. As with other tubers, the most nutrients in talas are carbohydrates. That’s why, talas is suitable as an alternative food to replenish energy in the body. The good news, carbohydrates are not directly converted into sugar, that’s what makes talas good consumed by diabetics.

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The starch in talas has easy-to-digest properties so it is suitable as food for the elderly or diet menu. Every 100 g of talas contains 1.9 protein which is the highest content among tubers available. Not only that, talas also contains minerals, vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and is rich in fiber. The presence of fiber is good for maintaining digestive health and reducing cholesterol.

To get it is also easy as well, on the market there are many types of talas sold, such as Talas Bogor, Talas Pandan, Talas Mentega, Talas Loma, and Talas Ketan. Each talas has different shapes and tastes. Or if you want to enjoy talas at a very affordable price, you can find it in the market near the house. Jamupedia friends can process it into various dishes, ranging from fried, steamed or baked talas menus.