By Mitchelle Uzorka
Garri has many nutritional contents. The minerals and vitamins contained in garri and other cassava derivatives like flour, Abacha, etc., are not limited to iron, manganese, calcium, sodium, magnesium, thiamin, copper, ascorbic acid, zinc, vitamin A and potassium. It also contains dietary fiber, protein, lipids, and more.
Below are some of the major health benefits of eating Garri.
• It Facilitates Digestion;
One of the health benefits of Garri is facilitating digestion. This is so because of its constituent, dietary fibers which stimulate the intestinal bowels which facilitate quick digestion.
It also prevents constipation. In case, you are having indigestion and you soaked Garri with cold water. You are definitely on track.
• Builds Immune System
Most people are aware of the fact that Garri contains a lot of carbohydrates but only a few knows of other elements and nutrients. Garri contains other useful nutrients like Iron, Calcium, Vitamins, Magnesium, and so on. And many of these helps in building the body’s immune system, bone growth, and balance of the nervous system.
• 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.
• Healthy Metabolism
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.