“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.” – Adelle Davis.
I believe the point she was trying to make here was kick start your day with a healthy and nutritious meal. Some people do not eat breakfast while others would never miss breakfast. However, eating breakfast has its benefits some of which include; better metabolism, focus and concentration, reduced risk of heart diseases, diabetes and weight loss and so on.
So what am I really proposing here? Whatever you choose to eat for breakfast, make sure it is good for your health and one option I would suggest to you is Acha!
Acha (Fonio) is a species of millet popular to the people of West Africa. It is regarded as an old traditional cereal grain cultivated in the savannah areas and particularly in Plateau State – Central Nigeria. Natives of Plateau State are known to prepare one of their traditional meals called ‘Gwote’ with acha, biscuit bones and dried fish.
Over the last decade, scientists have picked so much interest into the study of the fonio grains and they have discovered its rich nutritional contents such as minerals, fibre, proteins, vitamins, carbohydrate, iron, sulphur, and amino acids (cysteine and methionine).
Acha grains are used in the production of bread, beer, pasta, desserts, porridge and of course acha pudding for a delicious breakfast.
Acha pudding can be eaten with almonds, berries, bananas, syrup, nutmeg, raisins and whatever healthy snack you eat your pudding with.
This is exciting news right? So if you were to consider Acha for breakfast, what will be the benefiting contribution to your body?
Health Benefits of Acha (Fonio)
- Weight loss
- High energy content
- Skin detoxification
- Anti-aging properties
- Regulates blood-sugar levels
- Wound healing because of cysteine
- Gluten-free diet hence, suitable for patients with celiac disease
- Its methionine content promotes and strengthens nail and hair growth
- Suitable meal for diabetic patients because it has insulin-secreting properties
- Reduced risks of cardiovascular dysfunctions such as stroke and heart attack/diseases
- Fibre content is good for digestion and decreases bloating, constipation and improves bowel movements
- Prevents anemia especially in pregnant and lactating women due to its amino acid, iron and folic acid contents