tw Healthy Bites: Four Commonly Overlooked and Undervalued Nigerian Foods

It is no secret that Nigeria is blessed with lots of delicious and healthy meals; however most of these meals have taken a backburner for the regular staples like jollof rice, bread, pounded yam, amala amongst others.

Below we have four undervalued foods and their health benefits.

Rose Pink Apple

The rose pink apple is our very own local apple that has since been passed over for the green apples. It’s funny how we embrace the chemical filled green apple and forgot so much about our sweet delicious local apple.

Health Benefits: The apple juice has antibiotics that can help cure Staphylococcus infections.

Water Yam

The water yam was one of our delicacies as children but these days we hardly see it.

Health BenefitsLowers cholesterol levels, Decreases blood pressure levels, Improves digestive health and Reduces free radicals and slows down effects of aging

 Agidi

Agidi is a Local delicacy from Enugu state. Not only is it nutritious, it is also really yummy.

Health Benefits: Helps reduce chances of type 2 diabetics, Helps prevent cancer and Maintains healthy bones

 Achara 

 Achara is also known as edible grass.

Health BenefitsIt is a rich source of amino acids, phosphorous, dietary fibre, magnesium, protein, iron, potassium, copper, selenium, vitamin B1, nicotinic acid, calcium, zinc, sodium, riboflavin, carotene and essential minerals. 

Written By

Nelly Agbogu

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