When it comes to natural and healthy food, we can gladly say that this mouth-watering dish is one of them. Are you one of those people who love to eat Okpa for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even on your way to work? Are you health-conscious of your meals or it's your first time learning about this palatable dish? We are delighted to inform you to go ahead and enjoy this delicacy as it has lots of nutritious benefits. Okpa is made with Bambara nuts and is rich in protein; a delicacy popular in Eastern Nigeria, it has other local names assigned to it, as it is called Epa-Roro in Yoruba and Kwaruru or Gurjiya in Hausa. It is an ordinary meal widely enjoyed delicacy across Nigeria. Regrettably, some of us are unaware of the nutritional and healthy benefits of Okpa.
Foodies, this is the time to unravel the hidden benefits of Okpa that we didn’t know before now;
It Prevents Weight Gain
When it inevitably comes to indigenous, nourishing food that can aid in weight loss, Okpa is one of our nutritious foods. It’s made with Bambara nuts and is rich in protein. Like all protein-rich food, it is thermogenic and helps in weight loss. Thermogenic foods take a longer time to digest and the body uses more energy to digest it. This can aid you to lose weight. You also get satisfied for a longer time and drink more water. The beauty of Okpa comes from the fact that it needs nothing rather than palm oil, salt and pepper to cook. There’s no preservative or any other chemical to overload your system. The calorie wholly comes from Okpa which is part of your nutrition and nothing to worry about, and maybe a negligible part from the palm oil.
Great Remedy for Insomnia
Okpa is an excellent remedy for those having difficulty in sleeping. This is primarily because it has some potent sleep-inducing properties; tryptophan stimulates the production of niacin and serotonin to help regulate mood, keep the memory calm, and boost sleep quality.
Improve bone health
Okpa is an excellent source of calcium and phosphorus, which improves and shields against bone-related diseases. Also, ‘lysine’ is an amino acid that promotes proper absorption of calcium in the body to make it function excellently. That’s not all; the properties in Okpa also stimulate the production of collagen and perform a crucial role in the formation of connective tissues in the body.
Improve Immune System
Okpa contains an essential amino acid that helps in regulating the immune and the body’s nitrogen content. It also plays a vital role in the smooth nervous system, cognitive functioning, and maintaining muscles. Since our body cannot produce it, we must get it through either food or supplements, including Okpa, kidney beans, leafy vegetables, poultry and milk. It also helps in the management of stress, repairs the tissues of the muscles and as well increases its metabolism.
Boosts Blood’s Level
It helps in reducing the effects of various health conditions like anaemia as it contains iron and other essential nutrients which boost the body's blood level. More importantly, Okpa is a great source of iron and some other vital nutrients known for boosting the body’s blood level. With these nutrients, your body will be able to form healthy red blood cells and promote an adequate flow of oxygen throughout the body.
Helps Prevent Malnutrition
Malnutrition occurs when there is lack of sufficient nutrients in the body. This is very common mostly in developing countries where families cannot afford or access nutrient-dense foods, including fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes, meat and milk. Other than poor diet, some other things that may result in malnutrition include –digestive conditions or certain health conditions.
On the plus side, Okpa contains all the essential nutrients that the body needs, helps to boost our overall health and reduce the risk of malnutrition, and other health problems caused by poor diet and nutrient deficit.
Foodies it will be a good idea if we could include this delectable meal to our menu plan. There are so many nutritious dishes we neglected in the past, as a result of ignorance of its benefits. Nevertheless, you came right on time, to know about one of them.
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