When it comes to African Meals, creativity is the order of the day, which is why they look pleasing to the eye. But not just looking pleasing to the eyes, there are lots of Health Benefits.
You will start eating some Nigerian/African food after you read about their health benefit because indeed they will amaze you.
Do you know the Health Benefits of Banga Soup (Ofe-Akwu)? I guess you don’t and you are in a quest to find out.
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What is Banga Soup (Ofe-Akwu)
Banga Soup is a special dish from Delta State (Niger Delta in Nigeria). This meal that started or originated from the Deltans has become a popular meal to the extent of getting different names from different ethnic groups.
The westerners (Yoruba) call it Obe eyin, Balyesans call it Lii fulou, Akwa-Ibomites call it Efere Abak amongst other tribe too. But it’s generally called by many Banga Soup.
Palm fruit (Banga) is used in making this soup and most of the Health Benefits of Banga Soup comes from the Palm Fruit but there are some you also need to know.
Do you know Palm fruit oil extracted for Banga Soup contains less saturated fat than palm oils? The oil extracted for Banga Soup is gotten at low temperature unlike the Palm oil that is generated from high temperature.
Lots of people enjoy taking this meal because of the benefits in it. Do you know it is now known as an African Meal? Let’s see the ingredients (What it is made of).
Recipe for Banga Soup (Ofe-Akwu)
Some Ingredients in food is based on choice of the cooker. Some persons might prefer to use this over another but there are what is known as key ingredients. Below are the Ingredients for Banga Soup Preparation.
Ingredients for Banga Soup (Ofe-Akwu)
1. Palm Fruit (Banga)
2. Dry Fish
5. Vegetable (maybe Bitterleaves or Scent leaves)
6. Salt and Pepper
Method of Preparation of Banga Soup
1. Steam your meat and Dry fish (add pepper and salt with a cube of seasoning).
2. Remove the steamed meat and pour in a bowl.
3. Extract the juice from the Palm fruit. To do this, you have to boil it to be soft for like 25 minutes then pour out the water and start pounding the fruit with Mortar and pestle. Add little water to it and stir.
4. After the particles have dissolve a bit, extract the liquid (by sieving) and boil for 30 minutes.
5. When you notice the extracted palm juice is becoming thick, add your meat and dry fish.
6. Add onion, cray fish, seasoning (if you wish) and Periwinkle.
7. Lastly, add your vegetable.
8. Allow to cook for sometime.
9. Serve with Starch, Garri, Amala, Semolina or even White Rice.
One cool thing about this Banga Delicacy is that some can eat it as Stew while some eat it in form of Soup.
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Health Benefits of Banga Soup (Ofe-Akwu)
Despite this meal being delicious, there are some benefits when eating it. Below are some of the Health Benefits of Banga Soup;
1. Palm Kernel juice is a vital source of Vitamins A. This vitamin is essential for healthy vision.
2. Vitamin A is essential also for healthy growth of the bone, it can help the skin and mucous membranes repel bacteria and viruses. It can also help in building strong bones.
3. There is some evidence that adding palm oil to the diet of pregnant women and children in developing countries might reduce the risk of developing vitamin A deficiency.
4. Vitamin K properties contributes to prevent Alzheimer’s diseases. Also, this vitamin help improve insulin sensitivity.
5. Do you want to relax your Muscle? Then take Banga Soup. Magnesium is involved in neuromuscular transmission and activity of muscle relaxation.
6. In Elderly, it can reduce the chance of Diabetes because it helps prevent the prevalent of insulin resistance.
7. It reduces the chance of Coronary heart disease, Metabolic syndrome and osteoporosis.
These are the Health Benefits of Banga Soup (Ofe-Akwu) although there are some other benefits. If you haven’t started taking the meal, I will advise you try it some day and thank me later. It is a nice meal but too much of it can be detrimental also.
You can do well to improve this article by dropping a comment below on your thought after taking this meal.