Nigerians share a common love for Garri. We love to drink it with cold water and sugar. We also love to sprinkle it into hot water and pound it into smooth Eba to enjoy with our favourite soups.
Garri is also one of Nigeria’s most affordable and easily accessible foods. It has an extremely long shelf life-up to a year- and requires very little effort to store. Simply keep your Garri in a cool, dry place and you should have no problems. Garri can actually be said to be Nigeria’s staple food.
However, as much as Garri is appreciated for its taste, affordability, versatility, shelf life and its filling qualities, it is massively underrated as a source of nutrition. It is amazing how little the public knows about the nutritional value of those crispy, white flakes.
Those white flakes are processed from the tubers and roots of the nutritious cassava plant which contains several nutrients like protein, iron, carbohydrate, vitamin A, B, and C.
These nutrients perform a range of important health functions such as boosting eyesight, improving digestion, strengthening antibodies and aiding growth.
Garri no be ordinary food o! It does more than just fill your belly. And it doesn’t just go easy on your pocket, it also nourishes you.
Here are 6 incredible health benefits of drinking and eating Garri.
It Improves Eye Health
Yes, you read that right! You are not the only one who would be surprised by this.
Contrary to popular opinion, Garri is quite good for the eyes. It contains the compound known as bakarotennya a compound key to preventing blindness.
It also contains vitamin A, which protects the surface of the eyes- the cornea.
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Garri Can Contribute To The Prevention Of Cancer
Believe your eyes, reader. Garri really does aid in the prevention of cancer.
Garri contains the vitamin, Amygdalin- also known as B17.
B17 helps to stimulate the content of the red blood cells. Red blood cells contain a special protein called haemoglobin, which helps to carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body and then returns carbon dioxide from the body to the lungs so it can be exhaled.
Unstimulated, the red blood cells suffer content loos which makes the body susceptible to cancer.
It Promotes Growth
Garri contains folate which is a vitamin that boost several essential bodily functions, including some of the following:
- Folate promotes tissue growth and boosts optimal cell functionality.
- It combines with other vitamins to help the body break down, utilize and create new proteins.
- Folate helps convert carbohydrates into energy for the body.
- Folate is essential in the formation of red blood cells.
- It also helps in the production of DNA.
Folate is so important to the body, that a lack of it could result in a number of complications such as mouth and peptic ulcers, greying, diarrhoea, tongue swelling and poor growth.
Adequate folate intake is extremely important during periods of rapid growth such as pregnancy, infancy, and adolescence.
It Boosts the Immune System
Minerals such as copper and magnesium, and the vitamins like B17, vitamin A that are contained in garri, play an important role in the maintenance of healthy bones, nerves, and the immune system of the human body.
Such roles cannot be brushed aside or seen as unnecessary; just think of Garri as a soldier fighting your internal battles.
It Makes Digestion Easier
Regular consumption of Garri- as swallow or cereal- is good for your digestion and will greatly lessen your chances of constipation.
If you suffer regularly from these painful and uncomfortable conditions, you will be please to know that Garri is a natural source of fibre.
Fibre is indigestible. Instead, it helps to keep the digestive tract working by creating a bulk that enables the intestine to push waste out of your body.
It Cures Diarrhoea
Garri is the perfect home-made solution for diarrhoea- endorsed by loving Nigerian mums all around the country.
Diarrhoea occurs when there is excess fluid in your bowels. When that happens, your stool is unable to firm up.
The fibre in your garri acts like a sponge of sorts- soaking up all that excess liquid and allowing more solid stool to form.
There you have it- six more reasons to love garri. With all its healthy qualities, it is easy to see why Garri is our nation’s staple food.