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The Impressive Nutrient Profiles Of The 3 Draw Soups Eaten By Nigerians And Their Health Benefits

Nigerians' love for draw soups can only be explained by Nigerians themselves, especially people from the Southwest and Southeast region of the country who so much love the lovely feel and spellbinding taste of draw soups. Perhaps, the love of many Nigerians for draw soups stems from the thick viscosity that often characterises them when they are being consumed by the citizens of the most popular Black nation on earth.

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The three major draw soups eaten by Nigerians are made from okra, ogbono, and ewedu leaves. These three ingredients are highly viscous and when made into a thick soup, they often draw out of the bowl. They are commonly consumed alongside many of the local morsel foods such as fufu, amala, eba, wheat, semo, and tuwo. It is not unusual to see some Nigerians elect to eat their draw soups with rice, as they believe it further enhances the taste of the food.

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Although many times, these draw soups are often embellished with all sorts of assorted fish and meats to improve their nutritional benefits to the body, it is worth noting that these draw soups pack quite the punch when it comes to their nutritional composition. The impressive nutrient profiles of each of the three which can further convince you to consume them more are examined below:

1. Ewedu

Ewedu is also known as jute leaf and is one of the most popular delicacies of the Yoruba people of the Southwestern geopolitical zone of Nigeria. It is a nutrient-rich delicacy known to contain the likes of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B, magnesium and zinc, which all help promote weight loss.

Its high fibre content helps to aid digestion, calcium and phosphorus for improved bone and teeth health, and magnesium for improved sleep quality.

2. Okra

Okra is another popular draw soup found on the plate of many Nigerians. Just like the ewedu leaves, okra also possesses an impressive nutrient profile, containing protein, fibre, magnesium, folate, vitamins A, C, K, and B6.

This impressive nutrient profile of okra means it is highly beneficial to the body, as it helps to lower the risk of heart disease, lower the risk of cancer due to its anti-cancer properties, and lowering of blood sugar levels.

3. Ogbono

Ogbono is much more popular among the Igbo people of Southeast Nigeria, where it constitutes one of their major delicacies. Its seed is derived from the African bush mango, with the seeds believed to contain about 18 amino acids in addition to other vital nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus and iron.

Some of the health benefits of ogbono soup include the regulation of blood sugar, weight management, prevention of constipation, and improved digestive system health.

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