Amala is a delicacy peculiar to the South Western part of Nigeria, with Ibadan generally agreed and acclaimed as the headquarters of the delicacy with various food joints around the city vying for the number one spot as the go to place to savour the sweetness.
Amala has different variants and tastes which is dependent on the raw material used in producing the flour which is often time from yam, cassava and plantain which has been dried and then grinded finely to produce the yam flour, cassava flour or plantain flour as the case may be.
According to www.agronewsng.com, here are the nutritional values and health benefits of consuming amala
- Good for Diabetes Management
Diabetes is a metabolic disease inflicting the society. It has led to deaths of many people and scientists are still finding lasting solution to this problem . The meal ( Amala with ewedu and stew) is a very good meal for diabetic patients because amala( Yam flour) is known for its low glycemic index i.e. it won’t cause rapid rise in blood glucose level of diabetes patients and so won’t cause aggravation of this condition. In combination with the positive effects of antioxidants found in stew and ewedu , it makes it very good for diabetes management.
- Improves Cardiovascular Diseases
Dietary fiber in Amala( Yam flour ) helps reduce low density lipoproteins and pepper used in making stew impedes buildup of cholesterol in the body and finally ewedu is known to have good impact on cardiovascular diseases.
- Lowers Cancer Risk
Ewedu and stew have several antioxidants in it and these antioxidants aid in mopping up of pro-oxidants that could instigate cancer . Beta-cryptoxanthin in red pepper has been investigated and shows it aids in preventing lung cancer that is either caused by direct smoking or second hand smoke that is injurious to health.
Several antioxidants found in ewedu also aid in lowering cancer risk. In addition, Dietary Fibre in amala even reduces risk of having colon cancer by hindering hazardous compounds in food from affecting the colon mucosa.
- Weight Loss
Taking an healthy amount of Amala( yam flour) with ewedu and stew is good for weight loss. Pepper has a chemical compound called capsaicin that could jazz up metabolism, keep immature fat cells from developing and so promotes weight loss. This ability coupled with ewedu that has low calorie and healthy amount of amala that has low GI supports weight loss.
- Builds Immune System
The immune system is stronger when workload on it is reduced and also reduction in rate of oxidative stress in the body. There are several type of vitamins found in this meal and many antioxidants that help to make possible clearing up of prooxidants and simultaneously making the immune system better. The immune system is necessary for fighting infections so it is very important it is not weak.
- Improves Eye Sight
Vitamin A can be found in Ewedu and pepper coupled with Beta-carotene and these nutrient help in improving eye sight. This indicates that the meal is good for eyes health.
Other benefits that could be profited from consuming such meal are derived from other nutrients such as calcium that helps in stronger bone, zinc that helps in sperm motility, iron, copper, magnesium, potassium and several other minerals and vitamin.
In conclusion, it is preferable to incorporate this kind of meal to your normal diet.
Eat Amala meal and Live Healthy.