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White Garri (Cassava Flakes)
Cassava, the root from which garri is produced, is rich in fiber, copper and magnesium. They are healthy, rich in fiber and many other nutrients.
Need to buy garri? Then our cassava flakes(garri) will be your best friend. Cassava, the root from which garri is produced, is rich in fiber, copper and magnesium. They are healthy, rich in fiber and many other nutrients.
Cassava is a calorie-rich vegetable that contains plenty of carbohydrates and key vitamins and minerals. Cassava is a good source of vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin. The leaves, which are also edible if a person cooks them or dries them in the sun, can contain up to 25% protein.
Health Benefits Of White Garri
Garri adds a lot of health benefits to human health which is not just limited to giving energy to the body. There are some other important nutrition it contains that surprisingly adds benefits to health and lifestyle which many people may never have come across.
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.
- Aids in Digestion
Garri is rich in high fibre content which helps in digestive health. Garri can be soaked in cold water with milk to make it creamy, and when consumed the fibre content in it helps to make one fuller, helps in quick digestion and sustains one from hunger for some time, and also eliminates the chances of constipation.
- Fibre content in garri helps in weight loss as it reduces appetite and as well reduces the chances of other health conditions such as heart and other cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes.
But in as much as the fibre is good for the digestive system, taking too much of it can cause stomach cramps or bloat.
- Cassava contains starch which is known as resistant starch because it doesn’t get absorbed fully in the digestive system, it is beneficial to the body because it helps in removing some of the particles of cholesterol present in the system after it gets attached to them thereby acting like a soluble fibre.
Because of this, eating of garri helps in the reduction of glucose in the blood.
- Improves Immune System
The contents of most of the minerals and vitamins in garri might be low but it is also a good source for other minerals it contains such as copper and magnesium which help in keeping the immune system healthy.
These minerals also play a vital role as it contributes to the maintenance of healthy bones, nerves and the immune systems.
Some people may not know that while consuming food that has good amount of copper that they are maintaining healthy and functioning nervous system and on the other hand lower the risk of getting osteoporosis.
3. Promote Eye health
Garri also contains the compound known as bakarotennya, this compound helps to prevent blindness. The presence of an important vitamin (vitamin A) in garri helps in the prevention of poor sight as well, as far as it is consumed in moderation.
Most importantly the garri has to be processed well to avoid eye problems which are caused by the cynanide present in not-to-well processed garri especially and when consumed in large quantity and can also irritate the intestinal bowels leading to or worsen the case of ulcer because of its acidic nature.
4. Energizes& Cools The Body
It has been noted from researches that Garri has 360 calories of which 99% is Carbohydrate. It is actually the number of calories in food that measures the unit of energy contained in that food.
Soaked garri known as “garium sulphate” in English provides a certain amount of energy as mentioned above which the human body needs to maintain daily health and life. It also provides a good cooling effect on the body in hot weather when soaked in cold water with milk.
The nutrients in it and the combination of milk in cold water makes it creamy and chill the whole body after consumption. Garri in this form energizes the body quickly and makes the system relax in a calm way.
- Prevents Cancer
This might have never been heard of by many people and therefore it may seem too difficult to believe, but this is just a fact you have to note down from reading this article.
Experiments have shown that the presence of B17 vitamin (Amygdalin) and fibre in garri help to stimulate the red blood cell and prevent the stomach from cancerous diseases.
6. Reduce 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.
- It’s Gluten-Free
Garri is a gluten-free food because it does not contain the combination of proteins found in wheat and related other grain foods.
Therefore, garri can be eaten by people with celiac disease (affects the intestine) or those who are sensitive to gluten. Foods that contain gluten irritate their guts and in most cases damage their small intestine.
Nutritional values of Garri (cassava flakes)
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Garri is one of the popular foods which predominately originated from the processing of Cassava which is one of the main sources of carbohydrate and a staple food too as it is widely grown and has a lot of its derivatives which serve a larger purpose in both industrial food processing and commercial use.
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