Saturday, 13 October 2018

7 Reasons Why You Should Start Eating Acha (aka Fonio)



Acha: Nigerian food has received an increasing interest by scientists in resent time as it is considered as a rich source of minerals, vitamins, fiber, protein, carbohydrate, amino acids, cysteine and methionine. The Health benefit of acha is obvious because it is rich in energy, aids digestion, iron, good for cardiovascular function, diabetics, and an excellent meal for weight loss and so on. Acha is also known as fonio the oldest African and mainly Nigerian cereal.


NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF ACHA

Acha is rich in carbohydrate as other cereals, that is why it is very energetic food. Protein, fat profile and carbohydrate, of acha, can be closely compared to sorghum. It contains a huge amount of Vitamin B and minerals. Compared to other cereals, acha grain is rich in sulfur, cysteine, and methionine. Acha does not contain gliadin proteins or any glutenin.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ACHA

Acha grain belongs to the millet family and it has the smallest seeds of all millet species. The health benefits and nutrition of Acha have been known to people for a long time.

Acha is an energy food: It is a good idea of staple food which can satisfy daily energy requirement. It gives around 3.6 calories per gram of grain and it does not increase blood sugar level. Today it is becoming more popular even in Europe as a good nutritious breakfast.

Acha is Gluten free: Today many people suffer from Celiac disease. The intolerance of their body causes this disease to gluten. So, these people should avoid gluten-containing food. Acha can be a good option for such people.

Acha aids digestion: It is easy to digest, so acha is recommended even for children and old people. An ample amount of fibers helps to keep digestive tract smooth. Acha helps to prevent constipation, and stimulate appetite.

Acha and cardiovascular function: According to some researches, the consuming of whole seeds can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disorders including heart diseases and heart attack.

Acha and diabetes: Acha was used as diabetic food for a long time. It is absorbed slowly and thus sugar effects blood gradually. People believe that acha has insulin-secreting properties and can help in controlling blood sugar level. Low GI containing is also beneficial for those who have diabetes.

Acha benefits for women: Because of folic acid, amino acids, and iron the acha can play an important role in iron metabolism. Because of that, acha is recommended for pregnant and lactating women.

Acha benefits for skin and hair: Methionine that is contained in acha helps to strengthen nails and hair, it can prevent hair loss. It is also known as detoxification means that is why it is good for skin.

Finally, there are several ways to prepare Acha in Nigeria. Examples include: Acha pudding, Gote, Local Jollof. You can follow the link to learn about the preparation process

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