Traditional African foods

ERICK By ERICK, 18th Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Come across a diet rich in medicinal value,worry not then here is all the details of all important African traditional foods.

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Thought of rich African foods that can treat and be an asset to your body. For instance, the Moringa (mronge) tree,whose almost every part is edible, but its pods and leaves are the most popular parts that are taken.Its leaves are especially so nutritiuos . The Moringa tree increases the body energy and increases the body's immunity.The Moringa leaves can be taken raw or cooked ,dried and ground into powder and then used in tea or sprinkled in other foods.

The spider plant (sageti) also comes in this category and is rich in vitamins and minerals.this kind of plant is typically found in Africa, and not all the local people have exploited the medicinal value of this plant. To some African tribes,they view this as a milk booster in breastfeeding mothers e.g the Gusii tribe in Kenya.

The other important one is the famous boabab (mbuyu).Leaves and fruits of this kind of special kind of tree species are very much nutritious. The fruits are especially broken and sieved to make the boabab porridge.This porridge has six times more vitamin c than the ones in oranges.The fruits also have thrice the calcium of milk and is fully enriched with iron, fibre and potassium.It is also proposed that the tree also helps in digestion.

The cowpeas (kunde),concludes my first article on healthy living.The cowpeas belongs to the legumes and is very rich in proteins than eggs and fish.They also serve as a better source of vitamin A, calcium, potassium and magnesium and also form a very good source of fibre.In short cowpeas as got high content of proteins than other plants.

Above all fitness exercises are very important for your health.


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I am a seasoned freelance writer. I enjoy writing for health products. I studied Journalism in the university of Nairobi. I enjoy weight lifting and listening to house music.

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author avatar ERICK
18th Mar 2011 (#)

Catch soon as possible my second article on 'living healthy'

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
27th Mar 2011 (#)

This is a very rare information about the foods of Africa.
I hope you will share more of them here.

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