Benefits of Cassava Tape – Cassava tape is one of Indonesia’s traditional traditional foods which is usually used as a snack or even processed into various foods.
Who would have thought, this one food apparently has a myriad of good benefits for the body. One of the benefits of cassava tape is that it can increase the body’s immunity. In addition, cassava tape has other benefits that are good for the body.
Come on, find out the various benefits of cassava tape below!
Benefits of Cassava Tape
There are two known types of cassava tape, namely dry cassava tape which is usually hung and has the appearance of white powder and ordinary tape which is softer and wetter.
Both have nutritional content that is not much different and good benefits for the body. Here’s an explanation of some of the benefits of cassava tape.
1. Increase immunity
Cassava tape contains lactic acid which is believed to be able to increase the body’s resistance or immunity. So that the body will not be easily infected by viruses or diseases and become healthier.
According to the Agritech Journal, cassava tape is believed to be able to ward off flu or seasonal colds. The flu is a disease caused by a virus and can be cured if the body’s immune system is strong.
So, if you consume a certain amount of cassava tape, not too much and not too little, it can ward off the seasonal flu virus.
2. Prevent anemia
Besides being able to increase the body’s immunity, another benefit of cassava tape is that it can prevent anemia. According to the Mayo Clinic, anemia is a disease caused by decreased red blood cell production, so the body will feel weak and powerless.
Cassava tape is made by a fermentation process where during the process, there are several microorganisms that increase the production of vitamin B12. This vitamin is very important to support the production of more red blood cells in the body and prevent anemia.
3. Strengthen muscle functions
When the cassava tape fermentation process takes place, there will be many chemical processes that occur, one of which is to increase thiamin production.
Thiamin is known to function to improve the muscular system and human neurons. So when consuming cassava tape, the body will feel fresher and energized.
Because of this, cassava tape is suitable for consumption by people with back pain or back pain, because it can strengthen muscles.
4. Smooth digestion because it functions as a probiotic
Cassava tape also functions as a probiotic which is certainly beneficial for digestion.
According to a World Journal of Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences, the fermentation process that occurs to make cassava tape can increase the production of probiotics and lactic acid.
These two essences are very useful for improving the digestive system by killing all bad bacteria and helping good bacteria to improve digestion.
By consuming a certain amount of cassava tape, of course, in the right portion, it can effectively help get rid of toxins from the body by the process of secretion and prevent constipation.
5. Prevent hypertension and cardiovascular disease
As is known, that hypertension is one of the common diseases suffered in Indonesia. This disease is quite serious, because it can stimulate other diseases such as strokes to heart attacks.
Hypertension sufferers can prevent and even control high blood pressure by consuming cassava tape. Because cassava tape contains quite a lot of potassium and can help control blood pressure, maintain heart rate and keep blood vessels clean and smooth.
6. Lower cholesterol levels
According to the International Journal of Agricultural Technology, it was found that in cassava tape there are ingredients that can lower plasma cholesterol levels.
Through the fermentation process to make cassava tape, tape then has good bacteria and lactic acid content in it which plays a role in reducing cholesterol levels in the body.
High cholesterol is often one of the triggers for heart attacks and strokes in elderly patients. Thus, cholesterol sufferers are advised to consume the right amount of cassava tape to make the body feel healthier.
7. Killing free radicals in the body
Tape cassava does contain lactic acid which can help control plasma cholesterol levels in the body.
In addition to preventing cholesterol, lactic acid seems to have other benefits, namely being able to prevent the formation of cancer-causing cells and kill free radicals in the body because they contain high antioxidants.
8. As an anti-inflammatory
Besides having a myriad of good benefits for the body, cassava tape also has good benefits for skin health. Cassava tape can be useful as an anti-inflammatory which accelerates the healing process of wounds or minor irritations that occur on the skin.
9. Helps treat acne
Who would have thought, apparently cassava tape can overcome common facial skin problems, namely acne. To treat acne, cassava tape can be used as an alternative to get rid of acne on the skin of the face or body, because cassava tape can help the body neutralize toxins that can clog skin pores.
As it is known that skin pores that are clogged with dirt or toxins, of course, will increase the risk of the skin experiencing problems such as acne. How to treat acne with cassava tape is to consume it directly.
10. Increase sexual arousal
Carbohydrates contain carbohydrates and proteins which are a source of energy. These two ingredients apparently can also stimulate sexual function slowly.
In addition, in several regions in Indonesia, cassava tape is also consumed for its benefits, namely increasing the function of sexual arousal, even cassava tape is considered more effective than drugs.
11. As an alternative to rice
As it is known that cassava tape is made from cassava which contains high carbohydrates.
Because it contains high carbohydrates such as rice, cassava tape is said to be an alternative to rice. Because it will give the same effect or not much different when consuming rice as a source of carbohydrates.
But of course, cassava tape should not be consumed as much as Sinaumed’s consumes rice in general. So if you want to replace rice with tape as a source of carbohydrates, it can be applied only under certain conditions and the portions are not excessive.
As a source of carbohydrates, cassava tape can also be useful as a very potential source of energy for the body and helps break down protein to feed cells, so the body will feel fit and fresh.
12. Warms the body
Through the fermentation process, cassava tape has a low alcohol content. Even though it is low, the alcohol content in cassava tape can help warm the body and stimulate the skin to be warmer.
In general, a warm feeling that is felt by someone who consumes cassava tape is felt in the chest and stomach. Because of this, cassava tape is good for Sinaumed’s who are feeling lethargic or have a fever.
Manufacturing Process and Nutrition in Cassava Tape
Tape cassava is known as a special food from Purwakarta and Subang which is often used as a souvenir. Cassava tape has a distinctive aroma and taste, because it is made by fermenting it.
Cassava that is processed into tape is usually sweet cassava and is white or yellow in color. So that it can produce a sweet but also sour taste of tape from the fermentation process.
Before going through the fermentation process, cassava is usually washed first and steamed until cooked. After that, then the cassava sprinkled with yeast.
The fermentation process is usually carried out by wrapping the cassava in banana leaves or placing the cassava in a special airtight container for about two to three days.
The longer the cassava fermentation process lasts, the more tender the texture of the cassava tape will be.
With the right fermentation process, cassava tape will taste slightly sweeter, sour and has a distinctive aroma like alcohol. The sweet taste produced by tape comes from yeast which works to break down carbohydrates in cassava into simple sugars.
Because of this, the tape becomes sweet even though it is not given sugar. In addition, cassava is chosen to be used as tape, usually cassava which has its own taste.
Because of this distinctive taste, tape is often used as a processed food such as fried foods, brownies, cakes, compote, pudding or even as a mixture in fruit ice.
Apart from its delicious taste, cassava tape has nutritional content like other fermented foods such as tofu, tempeh, kefir, cheese and yogurt.
According to the List of Composition of Indonesian Food Ingredients published by the Central Leadership Council of the Indonesian Nutritionist Association (DPP PERSAGI) 100 grams of cassava tape has the following nutritional content.
- 173 calories
- 0.5 grams of protein
- 0.1 grams of fat
- 42.5 grams of carbohydrates
- 30 grams of calcium
- 30 milligrams of phosphorus
- 56 grams of water
From the nutritional content recorded in cassava tape, Sinaumed’s certainly knows that tape is a good food for the body. Even so, it is not recommended to consume tape in large quantities at one time.
Fermented foods such as cassava tape do contain good bacteria that are beneficial to the body.
However, if consumed in excess, it will endanger health, because it is feared that good bacteria can accumulate in the body which causes gas and bloating in the stomach.
In addition, tape also produces a by-product in the form of alcohol, even though the alcohol content in cassava tape is only a little.
However, when consumed in a certain amount, it will affect the health of the body. So, eat cassava tape in reasonable portions and not overdo it.
How to Make Home-style Cassava Tape
After knowing the myriad benefits of cassava tape, Sinaumed’s can try making his own cassava tape at home in an easy way.
It should be noted that when making cassava tape, you need to pay attention to the type of yeast used. Usually the yeast used to make cassava tape is Saccharomyces cerevisiae and usually takes approximately two to three days.
Here are the steps to make cassava tape easily at home.
- 2 kg of fresh cassava
- 2 pieces of yeast tape
- Some clean banana leaves
How to make cassava tape:
- Clean the cassava skin and scrape the outer part.
- Cut cassava according to taste and wash thoroughly.
- Boil or steam cassava until about ¾ cooked. The maturity level of cassava can be seen when the cassava is soft when it is poked with a fork or toothpick.
- After the cassava is ¾ cooked, remove the cassava and let it cool. Allow the cassava to cool completely, about 10 hours.
- After it’s cold, prepare a plastic container with an airtight lid and line the container with banana leaves.
- Crush more or less two pieces of cassava tape yeast until completely smooth.
- Arrange cassava in a container that has been lined with banana leaves.
- Then sprinkle cassava with mashed yeast.
- Cover cassava that has been given yeast with banana leaves. Cover again with the container lid. For the record, for the fermentation process to be successful, make sure that all the cassava is properly covered and perfectly coated with yeast.
- Store the container in a dry place, ring and at room temperature. Leave the cassava for about two to three days.
There are several tips that Sinaumed’s can pay attention to when making cassava tape at home.
Pay attention right after steaming or boiling the tape until it’s ¾ cooked, try not to touch the cassava with your hands. This is done to prevent cassava from being contaminated with bacteria on hands and to thwart the fermentation process.
Instead of touching by hand, Sinaumed’s can use sterile gloves, tongs or a fork when he wants to move the cassava.
Also make sure the cassava is cooked to the desired level of doneness, by checking it using a tool such as a toothpick, stick, knife or fork.
After being cooked and going through the fermentation process, you should immediately store cassava tape in the refrigerator. Also make sure that the cassava is cold before placing it in a container and sprinkling it with yeast.
If you want to get the benefits of tape, but are bored with the same tape taste, Sinaumed’s can also process tape into various kinds of delicious snacks. One of the healthy and delicious snack ideas from cassava tape is rondo royal.
For those who don’t know, rondo royal is a typical Jepara fried tape that has a sweet taste. The main ingredients are cassava tape, rice flour, wheat flour and brown sugar.
To make rondo royal, Sinaumed’s needs to crush the cooked cassava tape a little, then mix it with other ingredients. Once mixed perfectly, fry the tape until cooked and ready to be enjoyed while warm.
Apart from rondo royal, cassava tape is also commonly processed into steamed cakes, prol tape, apem and other typical traditional snacks. The distinctive taste of cassava tape with a mixture of ingredients to make traditional cakes will create a sweet but unique taste.
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of making cassava tape, Sinaumed’s can bake cassava tape and add your favorite toppings such as cheese, chocolate missis, milk or even grated coconut that has been sprinkled with palm sugar.
That is an explanation of the benefits of cassava tape which has good ingredients for the body and skin. Besides having good content for the body, cassava tape also has a delicious taste, so it is suitable as a snack and can be created with traditional Indonesian cake recipes.
Those are the various benefits of cassava tape and if Sinaumed’s is interested in making cassava tape, or wants to process cassava tape into traditional food creations, you can find the recipe by reading books at sinaumedia.com . As #FriendsWithoutLimits, sinaumedia always provides a variety of interesting and useful books for Sinaumed’s!