There are several health benefits of Garri consumption that most Nigerians are not aware of up till now.
That’s why we decided to specially prepare this article for such category of people.
Today, we are going to be talking about the wellness benefits of Garri. As you journey through this post, you will be surprised at how cassava flake is of great importance to the body system.
You might as well call it cassava flake.
Garri is one of the finished products of cassava, a crop that is widely cultivated in Nigeria and other African countries.
The plant is known for its rich nutrients and minerals such as carbohydrates iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc, vitamin A, protein, potassium, and thiamine.
In Nigeria, garri is a common cuisine in most if not all eateries in the country. It is eaten in various forms such as Eba, Abacha, fufu, etc.
Nutritional Value of Garri
At this point, we will list some of the importance that garri has in the body system. Those who are ignorant of the health importance of garri will benefit more from this section.
Let’s line them up right away.
Prevention of Impaired Vision
Are you aware of a chemical substance in garri called “bakarotennya”?
It is responsible for the prevention of visual impairment. That’s not all; there are other health-promoting properties like vitamin A, to protect eyesight.
Quite a several related visual issues that people experience with garri are because it’s not well processed. Therefore, a substance called cyanide irritates the eye.
Therefore, you should take your garri alongside milk to prevent any form of visual impairment.
Keeps Your Antibodies Healthy
Due to the presence of some minerals such as ‘magnesium, copper, and other nutrients, it protects and enhances your antibodies.
That way, the immune systems will be strong enough to fight against diseases.
Furthermore, these minerals improve the efficiency of bones and nerves in the body, specifically copper. By taking Garri regularly, your chances of getting osteoporosis will be reduced.
All thanks to cassava whit.
The fiber substance in Garri absorbs harmful toxins that penetrate the intestines, thereby providing the body with a gentle digestion process.
To make the metabolic process more efficient, soak your Garri with water and add a bit of sugar and milk to make it creamy. Although you will be satisfied quickly, you can stay a while before you feel hungry again.
In addition, the hardy starch contained in garri cannot be completely engrossed through the peptic system.
It then becomes good for the body as it removes most of the cholesterol molecules in the system and reduces the level of glucose in the blood.
The reason we call Garri a gluten-free product is that it does not contain a large number of proteins as in other food crops such as wheat.
Diets containing gluten are said to cause irritation and harm to organs responsible for metabolism. For that reason, garri has become a good diet for those who are suffering from celiac disease or tender to gluten.
Revitalize the Body
Did you know that our local Garri contains about 360 calories, 99 percent of which are carbohydrates? The amount of calories in food is what influences the amount of the body’s energy.
It is said that garri increases the amount of energy and contributes to a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, it has become a good diet to fall back on, if you want to regain your energy.
If you also want to reduce body temperature in hot atmospheric conditions, take Garri with chill water. This way, your body can relax quietly and can make the best of your day.
Always on the lookout for a diet that can help you lose weight? Then garri will be good for you.
Although it has plenty of starch, it is high in fiber, which will accelerate the loss of weight and keep you full for a long time. It will further decrease your level of apatite, which means that you will not have a constant desire to eat.
Treatment for Diarrhea
Are you suffering from diarrhea? Or did one of your meals go wrong?
Quickly mix garri with water and consume it twice a day. This will put an end to the situation you experienced during the daytime.
Reduce the Risk for Cancer
Garri contains “vitamin B17 (amygdalin)” and fibers, which are responsible for boosting red blood cells. So, it prevents the stomach from being at risk for any cancer condition.
If you want to forestall yourself from cancer, consider embarking on the uptake of this wonderful cassava flake.
Suitable for Expectant Women and Age-Related Diseases
You’ll be amazed to learn that just a cup of Garri contains about 15 percent foliage and 47 percent calcium, and it is exactly what the body needs.
Foliage is particularly important for pregnant women and helps in the development and reduction of age-related muscular retrogression.
Are there Drawbacks Related to Garri?
Of course, as good as garri can be, it has its disadvantages.
When you consume Garri in a large quantity than required, it may adversely affect your intestines and cause ulcers. This is because there are several acidic contents in it such as cyanide.
It is responsible for causing severe eye problems.
Remember, it was mentioned before that garri is high in carbohydrates. Excessive consumption of this basic food may result in corpulence and other health complications.
For you to avert all these side effects garri can cause, you should take Garri with moderation. For those who whisk it with water, do ensure you add some milk to it before you take it.
Garri has become one of the country’s most popular diets it’s numerous nutritional value, market availability, and low cost. If not because of recent food inflation, it was one of the cheapest food items in the market.
If you weren’t a garri fan, then you’re missing the benefits.
We believe in all that we have discussed so far, you can see reasons to add it to your diet.