Garri, or cassava flakes is widely known in all parts of Nigeria as a daily food for many people. It can be eaten with literally almost anything; therefore it is flexible. Some prefer take it with fish, others groundnut and milk, with sugar added; others moimoi, others Akara, and so many others. The addition you choose is dependent on your taste.
Many people know that Garri is a food, but few people know that it is a rich source of carbohydrate. Among the few that know, a very small percentage does not know that Garri offers far more than carbohydrate. It sure does, and I am about to reveal to you 5 surprising benefits of drinking Garri.
The aim of this post is not to make you start indiscriminately consuming Garri or develop sudden infatuation for Garri, but to enlighten you.
Benefits of Drinking Garri
1.It aids in Digestion
We all know that the class of food that aids digestion is roughage, but we don't know that Garri does a similar job. How? Garri is rich in fibre, and fibre helps in the digestion, the movement if food in the bowels. With this, Garri has the potential to prevent constipation if taken with care. Vegetable is a roughage.
The fibre content in Garri is pretty useful because it also has the potential of reducing appetite. This in turn inhibits weight loss, and reduce the risk if having some other health conditions.
2. Prevents Cancer
Not many people have heard that Garri can prevent some cancer, therefore it seems difficult to believe this. But this article is will show you how Garri prevent cancer to an extent.
It has been shown that processed Garri has Vitamin B17, known as Amygdalin. The presence of this Vitamin B17 and Minerals stimulate the Red Blood Cell (RBC); this then prevents the stomach from cancerous diseases.
3. Promotes Eye Health
Yes, Garri can help you to maintain your vision and eyesight. It is amazing how this works.
As in other food, Cassava flakes has minerals and Vitamins, but in low concentrations. Some of these vitamins help to take care of the eyes. An example of a vitamin that maintains proper eyesight is Vitamin A, known as Retinol.
4. Reduces Age-Related Illness
Studies have shown that one cup of garri contains up to 15% of folate that the body requires in a day as well as 47% of the body's calcium requirement.
Folate has an integral role to play in pregnant women in the aspect of fetal development and helps reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration. That is helping to minimize age-related illnesses that progress faster in the human body and may cause the loss of sight.
5. Garri is Gluten-free
Unlike many other foods, Garri is a gluten-free food. It lacks the combination of proteins found in wheat and related other grain foods. As a result of this, it can be eaten by people with certain diseases like the Celiac disease, which affects the Intestine, and others whose systems are sensitive to Gluten.
So those are five health benefits of drinking Garri. Next time you want to take one, you will better understand what you are about to do. Thanks for reading.
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