Arrowroot powder is derived from a tropical South American plant, Maranta arundinacea. The plant was given the name “Arrowroot” because it was once used to treat those injured with wounds from poison arrows. This natural root starch is white in color and very light in weight (Mountain Rose Herbs, nd).
Arrowroot powder allergies are uncommon, but can still occur. If you experience an allergic reaction after ingesting something containing arrowroot powder, contact your allergist.
Arrowroot powder is generally used as a substitute for cornstarch, which is highly processed and difficult to source in non-GMO varieties. Arrowroot powder may be used as a thickening and stabilizing agent in food preparations, as a base for body care formulations, and it is the main foundation for most body powders (Mountain Rose Herbs, nd).
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Here are some ideas on what to cook using arrowroot powder.