Health Benefits Of Garri And Fufu
Garri and fufu are the most popular and local foods eaten by Nigerians. They are like the escorts that accompany numerous delicious soups into our body. It’s important to know their health benefits and risks, so we can be able to determine which is better for our body and why. There are other varieties like semo, wheat etc, but Garri and fufu are the cheapest and commonest. That’s why today we’ll find out between Garri and fufu – which is more healthy?
I will evaluate each of them separately based on their health benefits, nutritional value and health risks, then give my verdict. Let’s go!
First of all, what is the difference between Garri and Fufu? Cassava is used in the production of the both of them. Fufu or Akpu is white and it is prepared from cassava after allowing for fermentation and later boiled for eating with soup. While Garri is prepared after soaking and fermentation, after which it is grinded, fried and dried for storage purposes.
If they asked me to describe Garri in one word, I’ll proudly say ‘Lifesaver’. Because it has saved lives. Garri is the most popular foodstuff in the whole of West Africa. It is eaten by almost every Nigerian (especially the single boys and girls). It can be eaten anyhow and anytime.
Garri is a fine or coarse flour of different texture made from cassava tubers. When prepared with boiled water it is called Eba. Eba is a very healthy Nigerian swallow food.
And the best soup that goes with Garri is ewedu or ogbono soup.
∆ It is rich in starch.
∆ It also has very high fiber content
∆ Garri is good on its own but it should be eaten with soup to give a balanced diet since it is mostly an energy giving food.
Yellow Garri has more nutrients than white Garri, because it is fried with palm oil.
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Diabetes sufferers should not take garri too since it has a lot of sugar. or rather just reduce the quantity of garri you are eating.
What is the Glycemic index of garri? Garri has a glycemic index of 82. Hence, it will cause rise in blood sugar level.
It is also known to cause eye defects because of its high cyanide content.
Now let’s move in to fufu.
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If there’s one word I’ll use to describe Garri it will be ‘Energy’. Because it needs energy to be swallowed and also gives energy too.
Fufu is a staple Nigerian food, it can be eaten with any soup, (that has a lot if assorted meat). However it takes many hours of strenuous work to prepare.
The nutritional value and health benefits of fufu are:
1. It is also very rich in carbohydrates and can supply the body a lot of energy.
2. It is very low in cholesterol.
3. It contains alot of potassium.
It is one of the leading cause of belly fat.
So now we have evaluated the both of them… This is moment you have been waiting for. Between fufu and Garri the most healthy food is….
Fufu! This is because it contains fewer health risks and a moderate amount of nutrition benefits.