Arrowroot is a white, flavorless powder most often used to thicken sauces, soups, and other foods like fruit pie fillings. It is comprised of starches extracted from various tropical tubers, including Maranta arundinacea, the arrowroot plant. Arrowroot powder is similar in use to cornstarch and has twice the thickening power of wheat flour. It is neutral in flavor and adds a glossy finish to foods. Arrowroot is gluten-free, vegan, and paleo-friendly, and also has a very long shelf life.*
When it comes to starches, arrowroot is easy to digest; pair this with its high fiber content, and arrowroot is good for the digestive system and can help you stay feeling full. Compared to other tropical starches, arrowroot has fewer calories and more protein. It is also high in B vitamins, such as folate, which assist in making DNA and other genetic material and is necessary for our cells to divide. The starch also boasts a generous amount of potassium, which helps with heart, muscle, and nerve function.*
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