SAGO is taken out from the core of the stems of Palms. In markets, sago is sold in the form of pearls that can be consumed by making them into a pudding. Sago can sometimes be confused with boba pearls, and it has been seen that boba pearls are sometimes sold as Sogo and this is done deliberately because Sago is a much more expensive food to extract and prepare than boba. However, to the keen eye differences between the two are evident. Sago pearls are even in shapes and sizes and quite brittle and their cooking time is also much shorter.
Other than an edible item it has multiple other uses as well. It is sometimes used to treat fabric and once the fabric has been treated by sago it's much easier to machine it. This process is known as sizing. It is also used as a thickener in various capacities both in cooking and in other commercial uses because of its vicious nature.
Sago consists almost entirely of carbohydrates and is completely devoid of other minerals and nutrients and if present their presence amounts to minute traces.
In land that does not support farming of any other kind, that is where sago palms grow, utilizing the land in such a way that it produces food that can be consumed. It is consumed in several forms, once mixed with boiling water, it forms a paste-like consistency. On the other hand, it can also be baked and that can give it a shape like that of bread. It can also be produced commercially to make popular dishes like noodles and white bread.
As Sago does not contain any gluten, people suffering from Celiac disease can use it as an alternative to bread. People on diets that recommend avoiding grains, like people on Paleo diet, can also use sago.
Sago has quite a few potential health benefits. It is a rich source of tannins and flavonoids which are good antioxidants. These contents of the Sago neutralize toxic free radicals in the body to make the body healthier.
It can also help lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the body which will ultimately reduce the risk of heart disease in its users.
This Sago is a great source of starch without having gluten in it and has many potential health benefits which is why a large number of people are dependent on it as a staple in their diet.
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**Article Written By Jing Heng Sing Technology**