What are Tubers?

Tubers are a group of plants developed from ancient food sources known for their amazing nutritional benefits.

Types of Tubers:
Yacon, Potatoes, Yams, Cassava etc.,

Rich in both Macro and Micronutrients



Rich source of complex carbohydrates. Carbohydrates aren’t as bad for the body as many think. We need at least 600 calories of glucose per day. The complex carbohydrates from the tubers fill you up for a longer period of time.

These nutrients do not raise the blood glucose level rapidly.

In fact, complex carbohydrates stabilize the glucose level in the blood.

But remember when tubers are not cooked in the right way may cause health issues.


Tubers are a great source of essential vitamins, Minerals, soluble fibre and beneficial enzymes as long as they are cooked properly. Sweet potatoes are a rich source of beta carotene and Vitamin C. This Vitamin has antioxidant properties which protect the body from cancer causing Free radicals.

Yams are rich in Vitamin A and roots are rich in Vitamin B6.

Tubers help reduce Blood Pressure and keep the Blood Sugar level stable.

Tubers are loaded with Minerals- Rich source of vitamins. Tubers are also loaded with copper, manganese, potassium and fibre.

These nutrients work together to keep the digestive and excretory system healthy. They minimize fat absorption and cut the risk of cardiovascular disease as its power packed with increased soluble fibre.

Tubers also protect from Liver and Muscle disease.

Yams, potatoes and cassava can also neutralize tissue damage caused by smoking. They also contain anti-diabetic properties that reduce insulin resistance.

Eat rightly cooked Tubers! Stay Healthy!

Article by Dr.S. Preethi
Dietitian, Kauvery Hospital