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Abacha: Exotic African Salad.

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Growing up my mother would emphasize on how important it is to eat vegetables. It was ‘bitter and tasteless’ in my opinion but now, I cannot help but eat all the vegetables I can lay hands on.

First of all, vegetables have many health benefits, and we all want to stay away from medications, injections and hospitals as a whole. In fact, eating a bowl of salad a day is very much recommended by physicians to keep the body fit and in great shape. Some of salads health benefits include; natural sources of fiber, increase in blood levels, heart protection, strong bones, weight control, slow aging and protection from diseases. The list is endless!

Different countries, cultures, and ethnicities have their special salad combinations, why is that you may ask? Well, different types of vegetables are grown all around the world and some of the factors that affect these differences include soil type, temperature, climate, moisture and so on.  But that is the beauty of it. We get to eat a variety of vegetables even within the same country.

So, here is what I am asking; have you eaten the exclusive African Salad? Rich in sodium, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, zinc and phosphorous; Abacha is one special salad that everyone, I mean everyone should try.

Abacha also called “Abacha Ncha, Abacha and Ugba” is mainly eaten by Igbo people who hail from the South-Eastern region of Nigeria. The meal is regarded and often called African Salad because it is not cooked and its contents are naturally and freshly grown for consumption.

The dish is made largely from shredded cassava although other ingredients like eggplant leaves (Anara), ukazi leaves, okazi leaves, onions, palm oil, and potash are added to make it even more delicious. Some individuals choose to eat it alongside with garden eggs, stockfish, meat, coconut, peanuts or Ugba/Ukpaka (fermented oil beans).

The delicacy is normally eaten as a side dish with other meals particularly rice and it is usually served during traditional festivals as an exclusive.

Enticing right?! I know you want to have some so, this is what you will benefit from eating Abacha;

Health Benefits of Abacha

Abacha is rich in carbohydrate, protein, vitamin, and mineral. Studies have shown that eating Abacha helps prevent and treat diseases such as poor vision, obesity, colon cancer, heart diseases and other infections.

Ease Digestion

The rich carbohydrate and gluten-free content of cassava is well suited for individuals with digestion issues.

Maintains Good Health

Vitamin B complex plays a vital role in preventing infections and promoting good eyesight, red blood cells production, hormones and cholesterol production, combats heart diseases, effective nerve and brain functions. All these in a bowl of African salad.

Calcium, Beta-carotene and Vitamin C benefits

Eggplant leaves (Anara) contain high levels of calcium, beta-carotene and vitamin C. You might be guessing what these nutrients do to the body. Well, some benefits include; healthy skin, strong bones and teeth, proper vision, repair of body tissues, build-up of immune cells and many more. I am so excited about these benefits already, are you?

Prevents Oxidative Stress

The vegetative content of Abacha contain antioxidants needed to fight free radicals that could accumulate in the body to cause diseases such as type II diabetes, heart disease or even cancer. Eating Abacha provides more antioxidants to the body to aid in preventing oxidative stress.

Woow! Such advantages in just one meal! Do make it part of your family side dishes and enjoy the benefits of healthy living.

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