There are many health benefits of Garri that many do not know about despite its wide acceptance by both the rich and poor in the West African countries. Especially when it comes to soaking it in cold water with milk and other goodies.
Garri which is also known as Cassava flakes is processed from Cassava into powdery food materials flour either yellow (with palm oil) or white(without palm oil). Contrary to many beliefs of Garri not having health benefits, this article will expose you to 8 health benefits of Garri.
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Health Benefits of Garri You don’t know About
1. 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 having indigestion and you soaked Garri with cold water. You are definitely on track.
2. 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.
3. Works Against Diarrhea
Have you ever been advised to soak Garri after complaining of diarrhea? One of the health benefits of Garri is that it can resolve diarrhea once soaked with it.
4. Improves Eyesight
Garri contains Vitamin A which improves eyesight and prevents blindness. Once taken moderately and it is a well processed Garri with a low percentage of Cyanide, your eyesight won’t be affected.
5. Energizes the Body and Calming the Mind
Garri no doubt, is the choice of many on a sweaty or sunny day. With a soaked barium sulfate (as being called in the English language) with milk and cold water, your body and mind tend to ease off the daily stress.
Not only that, it contains calories with the main nutrient as carbohydrates. It not only serves as an energy giver but also calms the mind.
7. Prevent Cancer, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, and Cardiovascular Diseases
Garri has many nutrients and vitamins that lower the risk of life-threatening diseases like Cancer and Cardiovascular related problems.
An example of such nutrients is the B17 Vitamin known as Amygdalin that can be found in a well-processed Garri, which lowers the risk of cancer in humans. Calcium can also be found in Garri which prevents Osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases.
8. Age-related Diseases
From the report gathered, a cup of Garri contains 15% folate required by the body daily. These nutrients alone go a long way in reducing pregnant congenital and age degenerating diseases.
Some other elements that can be found in Garri include Iron, Zinc, Protein, Ascorbic acid, and so on. Even though Garri has many health benefits, we advised you to take it moderately and beware of badly processed ones with a high percentage of Cyanide. Cyanide can affect and damage eyesight, nerves, skin as well as another vital part of the body.
Do we hope you find the health benefits of Garri useful?
Note: The article aims to provide you with something informative and not to be used as a substitute for medical advice.