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10 most surprising high-fibre foods

Skipping out on a daily dose of fibre often leads to constipation, which can make going to the bathroom painful and uncomfortable.

Fibre is something the body needs but never actually digests.

Types of Fibre

It comes in two varieties, soluble and insoluble, and most plant-based foods contain a mixture of the two.

Soluble fibre turns to gel in the stomach and slows digestion, which helps lower cholesterol and blood glucose. Insoluble fibre, on the other hand, remains unchanged all the way to the colon, making waste heavier and softer. Regardless of these differences, neither type of fibre is ever absorbed into the body.

Eating too little fibre can make it tough to control blood sugar and appetite because fibre regulates the speed of digestion and contributes to satiety.

Below are most surprising high-fibre foods.

1. Split Peas

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A staple in Indian cooking, split peas forms a terrific, protein-rich base for soups, stews, and dhals. It’s healthy, satisfying, and super filling.

2. Lentils

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Lentils take less time to cook and are more versatile than many other legumes. Take advantage of their slightly meatier taste and turn them into a juicy meal.

3. Black Beans

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Fibre: 15 grams per cup, cooked.

Black bean is also loaded with complex carbs and protein and is a perfect post-workout meal.

4. Avocados

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Few foods deserve the title of “superfood” more than the avocado, which is jam-packed with vitamins, fibre, and healthy fats.

Try mixing it in your salads to add some creamy goodness.

5. Barley

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Barley is a chewy, nutritious grain that contains more fibre than oatmeal and brown rice. It can be used in soup, salad, or tea.

6. Apples

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Add fibre to the list of ways that an apple a day could keep the doctor away. This fruit is an inexpensive and easily available source of fibre.

7. Carrots

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Along with being a great source of betacarotene, carrots are a source of fibre, a 100-gram serving of raw baby carrots has 2.9 grams of fibre, and a half cup of cooked carrots has 2.3 grams.

8. Legumes

Many global cuisines are rich in legumes, and for good reason: they’re a great fibre source and also provide a vegetarian source of protein.

For example, quick-cooking red lentils have 4 grams of fibre per half-cup serving, before cooking.

9. Spinach

Throw a handful of spinach in your smoothies, food or snacks to get some extra fibre, along with an iron boost.

10. Oats

Oats, a popular pantry staple, are a cheap and simple way to boost your fibre intake.

Whether you choose the quick-cooking variety, rolled oats or steel cut, they make a satisfying breakfast, they’re economical and are 100 percent whole grain.

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Among the 7 tallest statues in Africa, Nigeria shows up twice

Statues are just one of the many ways Africans express art and value for culture and individuals.Queen Moremi statue of Liberty, NigeriaQueen Moremi statue of Liberty, Nigeria

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1. 161 feet: African Renaissance Monument (Senegal)

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At 161 feet (49 m), the bronze African Renaissance Monument stands on top of one of the twin hills of Collines des Mamelles, outside Dakar, as the tallest statue in Africa. Unveiled in 2010, the project was launched by then Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade who considered it part of Senegal’s prestige projects, aimed at providing monuments to herald a new era of African Renaissance.

2. 66 feet: The Great Sphinx of Giza (Egypt)

Sphinx of Giza or just the Sphinx, is a 20.21 m (66.31 ft) high limestone statue of a reclining sphinx, a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human. Facing directly from West to East, it stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt. The face of the Sphinx is generally believed to represent the Pharoah Khafre.

3. 60 feet: Colossi of Memnon (Egypt)

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The Colossi of Memnon, or el-Colossat in Arabic, is actually a pair of massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III. The statues have been standing in the Theban Necropolis for the past 3,400 years (since 1350 BC), at the west side of the River Nile from the modern city.

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4. 42 feet: Queen Moremi Statue of Liberty (Nigeria)Know all about the legend of courageous Queen MoremiKnow all about the legend of courageous Queen Moremi

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Queen Moremi is revered by the Yoruba people as an epitome of selflessness, bravery and wisdom. She has been immortalized in several ways with books about her, public places named after her, and the grandest of all, the Queen Moremi Statue of Liberty, which was erected in 2016 by Oba Ogunwusi in the Ife palace. The 42 feet statue is the tallest statue in Nigeria, and the fourth tallest in Africa. Read more about the courageous Queen Moremi.

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5. 36 feet: Statue of Ramesses II (Egypt)

The Statue of Ramesses II is a 3,200-year-old figure of Ramesses the second standing. It was discovered in 1820 broken in six pieces, and previous attempts to restore it to original height proved unsuccessful until 1955. It now stands at 11 metres (36 feet) in Giza.

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6. 29 feet: Nelson Mandela Statue (South Africa)

The sixth tallest statue in Africa is the bronze statue constructed in honour of the late former South African president and anti-apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela, in June 2013, to bring to a close the official 10-day mourning period for the much loved former state president. The nine-metre-tall bronze statue cost an estimate of R8-million and is located at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Do not confuse this statue with six-metre-tall Nelson Mandela statue located in Nelson Mandela Square, Johannesburg.

7. 28 feet: Jesus de Greatest (Nigeria)

Of course, we can’t talk statues without mentioning Imo state, Nigeria. After a 43-year-old businessman, Obinna Onuoha, had a dream in 1997 to build a giant statue of Jesus, the ‘tallest statue of Jesus in Africa’ commenced construction in 2013. Unveiled three years later, the statue stands in St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Abajah village in Imo state. The statue was made of white marble and is 8.53 metres (28.0 ft) tall and weighs 40 tons. The largest statue of Jesus in the world is Christ the King statue which stands in Swiebodzin, Poland, at 33 metres (108 ft) tall.

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The Terra-fic Way to make Potatoes Sandwich at home

Beef potato sandwich is kind of a big deal at our house. We grew up eating the regular sandwiches, probably the most famous being egg and sardine sandwich till one special day, my mum decided to try something different and it became a household favorite. I love beef potato sandwich, and the whole family loves it as well. We tend to make it at home a lot because it’s quick, easy and absolutely delicious. And it’s the perfect complement to a beverage you’ve got available. Or at least I think so.

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Beef potato sandwich is an amazing dish made with easily accessible ingredients. You can have it as breakfast or simply a snack. So what ingredients are in this easy beef potato sandwich? It’s mostly … (surprise!) beef. If you can use homemade ground beef, even better but it’s not necessary. It’s a very easy ingredient you can get from anywhere.

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The Terra-fic Way to make Potatoes Sandwich at home
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Making this sandwich is quite simple and once you get all your ingredients ready and everything becomes easy breezy. To begin, you start by cooking your minced meat or ground beef until it gives off its juice. To bring out the amazing flavours of the meat, you’d need just salt (to your taste) and the perfect seasoning for this…….

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The Terra-fic Way to make Potatoes Sandwich at home

Terra beef seasoning cubes.

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Terra seasoning cube is made up of wholesome ingredients, locally sourced and specially designed to meet the palate requirements of all Nigerians, in terms of aroma and flavour. I have been using it since it first hit the market and I can assure that you’re going to love it because of its ability to add taste to foods. What I truly love about this seasoning is the aroma and taste it adds to any dish and it leaves the whole house with a truly breathtaking feel. It comes in two variants; Beef and Chicken and we’d be using the beef seasoning for this recipe.

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The Terra-fic Way to make Potatoes Sandwich at home

So, you add the crushed terra seasoning, cooked potato and mix everything all up. To make it creamy, mix in the mayonnaise. Now you can enjoy this with any bread of your choice.

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The Terra-fic Way to make Potatoes Sandwich at home

With that said, let’s get cooking.

The Terra-fic Way to make Potatoes Sandwich at home

Ingredients:::

3 medium-sized Irish potatoes

3 tablespoons cooking oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

300g beef, minced/ground

2 Terra beef seasoning cubes

½ teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 cup sliced cabbage

7 bread buns (I used hot dog buns)

Ketchup (As desired) – Optional

Step By Step Directions:::

Step 1: Rinse the Irish potatoes and peel off the skin. Dice into small cubes pour into an empty pot. Add water, just enough to cover the potato in the pot and cook for about 15 minutes till it’s soft. Set this aside.

Step 2: Drizzle the cooking oil into the pan and leave to heat up for 30 seconds. Add the minced garlic and leave to sautee for 30 seconds before adding the ground/minced beef. Using a cooking spoon, separate the beef in the pan, add salt and cook for about 3 minutes till the meat starts to release its juice.

The Terra-fic Way to make Potatoes Sandwich at home

Step 3: Now it’s time to add the perfect seasoning…..Terra Beef Seasoning. Simply open each cube and crumble into the pan with the beef. Stir fry for about 15 minutes till the beef is well cooked. You’ll know it is once the colour changes to dark brown.

The Terra-fic Way to make Potatoes Sandwich at home

Step 4: Add the boiled potatoes and stir fry for 3 minutes before turning off the burner.

Step 5: Transfer the beef potato mix into a bowl and add mayonnaise. Mix till well incorporated. Spread extra mayonnaise in the bread and add a generous amount of cabbage into the bread. Add the beef and potato mix and drizzle the top with some ketchup and your sandwich is ready.

The Terra-fic Way to make Potatoes Sandwich at home

Enjoy!

The Terra-fic Way to make Potatoes Sandwich at home
The Terra-fic Way to make Potatoes Sandwich at home
The Terra-fic Way to make Potatoes Sandwich at home
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Top 5 strange tribal rituals

Understand that these body modifications were done even before you were born.

Top 5 strange tribal rituals (Answersafrica)

Top 5 strange tribal rituals (Answersafrica)

Here are five of the

Understand that these body modifications were done even before you were born. These people are representative of humanity’s most extreme.

1. Extreme Tattooing, Papua New Guinea

The tribes of Papua New Guinea’s Tufi region don’t mess around when it comes to body ink.

Though Scarification is done all over the world, it is practised heavily by the Sepik River tribes in Papua New Guinea.

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Young men are held down on a bed of bamboo leaves and intricately marked (over 450 cuts) on their backs as a form of rite of passage, men to boys or marks of social status.

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The Korafe is also known throughout the country for one of the most extreme tribal traditions on the planet: facial tattoos. A rite of passage solely reserved for adolescent girls, the painful custom is believed to be as old as the local creation myth.

2. Circumcision rites, The Zulu tribes in South Africa

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Zulu teenage boys have to undergo a circumcision rite to become men. These boys will be abducted and then taken to a secret place that can only be accessed by elderly women who bring them food and drinks. They are then covered in white dust before being allowed to use sharp blades or rocks to circumcise themselves.

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As a result, most of them generally end up having disfigured genitals; and some even die during the process. The wounds are normally treated and dressed using animal waste and may take up to four months before these boys are completely healed.

3. Bullet Ant Glove, The Amazon tribe

For the Satere-Mawe tribe of the Amazon, you can’t become a man if you don’t take part in this ritual. When a young boy becomes sexually mature he goes out into the jungle with the Medicine man and other boys his age to find and gather bullet ants. The insect with the most painful sting in the world. The sting from these ants has been compared to a bullet hitting the flesh.

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While the ants are sleeping in a drug-induced state, they are placed into a woven mesh glove with the stinger on the inside. When the ants wake up they find themselves trapped and become very angry and aggressive. The boys must put on the gloves and keep them on for about ten minutes while they do a dance to take their mind off the pain.

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4. Burial Ritual, Yanomami

Funeral rituals for dead relatives are very important in Yanomami tribe, Venezuela and Brazil, the people of this tribe want to ensure peace for the souls of a dead person.

When a Yanomami dies, his body is burned. The ash and bone powder is mix into a plantain soup. His people then drink the plantain soup consisting of the dead person’s ash and bone. They believe that by ingesting the remains of a loved one, his spirit will live within them forever.

5. Finger Cutting of Ndani Tribe

The Ndani tribe are the indigenous people of the Baliem Valley in West Papua, New Guinea. The members of this tribe cut off their fingers as a way of displaying their grief at funeral ceremonies. Along with amputation, they also smear their faces with ashes and clay, as an expression of sorrow.

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When a person in the tribe passes away, relatives will cut off their fingers and bury it together with the dead body.

Finger represents body and soul that will always live together with his/her spouse.

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Ofada rice recipe

There is a reason why ayamase or ofada stew is popular all over Nigeria: the taste is out of this world! This simple ofada rice recipe will come in handy when you are making your weekly food plan.

Ofada rice recipe
Ofada rice recipe

You can pair ayamase stew with ofada rice for best results, but if you’re feeling adventurous, you can eat it with boiled yam or boiled unripe plantain.

Ofada rice recipe

Ofada rice recipe

Sunday Jollof rice can get boring fast when you are eating it every other Sunday. Thankfully, you can keep the Nigerian Sunday rice tradition exciting if you cook some delicious ofada stew after following this ofada rice recipe. Your family will surely love the change!

Ofada sauce – ingredients

1 cup palm oil

4 red bell peppers or tatashe

2 tablespoons locust beans (iru)

2 teaspoons chili, ground

2 tablespoons ground crayfish

Cooked assorted meat (beef, tripe, chicken, goat meat, etc.)

2 seasoning cubes

Salt to taste

I large onion, chopped

3 habanero peppers

Meat stock

5 boiled eggs, shelled

Ofada rice cooking method

Now that you have assembled your ingredients, cooking your ofada stew will be simple.

Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1 – cooking the assorted meat

  • Wash assorted meat and place in a pot
  • Season with seasoning cubes, pepper, onions and salt
  • Cook until tender
  • Drain the meat stock and set aside
  • Chop the meat into smaller cubes and set aside

Step 2: Preparing the peppers

  • Blend the red bell peppers and the habanero pepper together
  • Boil the blended pepper mix until it thickens and the extra moisture dries off
  • Stir occasionally to prevent burning, as this can affect your ofada rice recipe
  • Set boiled peppers aside

Step 3 – bleaching the palm oil

  • Pour palm oil into a pot and COVER IT before placing on the fire to bleach
  • Let it bleach to 8 minutes on low heat
  • After 8 minutes when the palm oil has darkened slightly, turn off the heat
  • Leave the palm oil to cool before you continue
Ofada rice recipe

Ofada rice recipe

Step 4 – The main ofada rice recipe

  • After the bleached palm oil has cooled, put it back on the fire and add chopped onions
  • Fry the onions until they turn translucent
  • Add locust beans (iru) and continue frying for 4 minutes
  • Add the chopped meats and continue the frying process until the palm oil floats back to the top of the pot
  • Add the boiled peppers to the pot and stir, frying until the palm oil floats to the top again
  • Add the meat stock at this point and let it cook for another 5 minutes
  • Add crayfish and stir
  • Taste for seasoning and salt and adjust as needed
  • Lower the heat and let the ofada stew cook until the oil tops everything in the pot
  • You can add boiled eggs to the pot at this point before you bring it down
  • Serve your delicious ofada stew with ofada rice (unprocessed local rice), long-grain rice or basmati rice.

For something that tastes so delicious, ofada rice is super-easy to make. This simple ofada rice recipe offers a step by step guide to ensure sure your stew comes out perfect every time.

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5 popular food content creators on Youtube

Food plays an integral part in our lives – from our wellbeing to our social norms, food features front and centre. Apart from the health benefits, the memory of a delicious meal can linger forever. The aroma, the colours, the plating and the taste of the food, all work together to create a lasting experience. 

5 popular food content creators on Youtube. [YouTube/SisiYemmieTV]

5 popular food content creators on Youtube. [YouTube/SisiYemmieTV]

Food is popular online too. You can hardly go on to any social media platform without being tempted by pics and videos of delicious food, prepared by amateurs and professionals. Food is embedded in the ways that we interact socially – we entertain guests, have business lunch meetings, dinner dates, and celebrate with food.    

In Nigeria, there are some passionate food enthusiasts who are doing a wonderful job of creating and sharing food content online. They share food recipes, food hacks, tips and tricks on how to prepare delicious dishes and information that can help us make better cooking and eating decisions. 

We picked 5 of our favourite YouTube food content creators that you should know about – check them out below:    

  1. Zeelicious Foods: Winifred Emmanuel’s Zeelicious Foods channel is dedicated to teaching people how to make mouth-watering dishes in a fun and creative way. With over 100 video tutorials and brand new video tutorials out once a week, visitors are sure to find lots of material to expand their repertoire of recipes. Whether you want to learn how to make plantain and egg frittata, golden skillet potatoes or just beef up your skills in making Nigerian style Ogbono soup or Ofe Akwu, Zeelicious Foods provides the right inspiration. Winifred also shares interesting food tips like, ‘how to make your kitchen smell fresh using natural food ingredients’.  
  2. SisiYemmieTV: Sisi Yemmie whose real name is Yemisi Odusanya, shares food recipe videos that are created from her experiments in the kitchen. Her YouTube channel, SisiYemmieTV, is popularly known as the Nigerian food channel with wholesome content that also focuses on lifestyle, relationships and parenting. Visitors to the channel will find food recipes, suggestions about where to eat out in Lagos, vlogs on the Lagos life, being a mum and managing a career. 
  3. Flo Chinyere: Recipes for delicious meals, trips to Nigerian open markets, how to prepare meals and must-try Nigerian meals are some of the things that you will find on Flo Chinyere’s YouTube channel. She combines food content with her travel experiences; always informing and entertaining.
  4. Chef Lola’s Kitchen: From preparing efo Riro to stuffed savoury Nigerian masa, Chef Lola shares recipes and instructions on how to make delicious dishes. Her YouTube channel also shows how to bake mouth-wateringly good bakes like white bread, lemon yogurt cake and Chinese hot dog buns.  
  5. Naija Food Tube: Here you will find delicious Nigerian cuisine and will be guided on how to quickly become a guru at making these meals. The imagery on this YouTube channel is fabulous. You can learn how to make Nigerian party specials like Nigerian fried rice and party jollof. Also, recipes for Nigerian village food like Nkwobi and Nigerian soups like Afang can be viewed here. The channel also shares recipes for Nigerian breakfast, healthy meal specials and keep-fit diets. 

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The health benefits of tiger nut are wonderful

When it comes to enriching the body with the needed nutrients, tiger nut is a miracle worker.

Tiger Nut: The health benefits of this plant are wonderful [goodhousekeeping]
Known in the Hausa language as “aya,” tiger nut is one of the earliest recorded plants cultivated in ancient Egypt. And they’ve been used medicinally for both oral medications and enemas.

Counted among the healthiest plants in the world, tiger nut helps to prevent heart attacks, thrombosis and activate blood circulation.

And due to the high contents of soluble glucose, they help prevent cancer, as well as reducing the risk of suffering colon cancer.

Additionally, the high insoluble fiber contents of tiger nuts help the diabetics to regulate their sugar levels in the blood.ADVERTISING

However, recent studies have shown that there is more to tiger nuts than meets the eye. They are packed with a lot of health benefits that may seem too wonderful to be true.

Here are six wonderful health benefits of tiger nuts

1. It cures erectile dysfunction

In the world of alternative medicine, this is regarded as is one of the major health benefits of tiger nuts.

Tiger nuts have been shown to be very beneficial in improving the problem of erectile dysfunction (ED).ADVERTISING

Although there is no medical evidence to support this claim, natives of Ghana have been using this traditional medicine for decades in the form of palliative for treating ED.

2. It helps against bacterial infection

Another wonderful health benefit of tiger nuts is that it helps to fight against bacteria in the human body.

As a matter of fact, a recent study has shown that tiger nuts can be used to fight bacterial infection such as E.coli and Salmonella.

It is also useful in fighting bacterial infection such as Streptococcus.

3. Regulate blood pressure

Tiger nut is a rich carrier of potassium. And potassium is said to be very useful when it comes to lowering the blood pressure.

Besides potassium, the magnesium in it also helps regulate the heartbeat and maintain normal blood pressure levels.

4. It helps in digestion

Oral tradition has it that tiger nuts were used to treat stomach upsets, irritable bowels, and other digestive issues.

They have also been used in folk medicine as a remedy for many ailments, including flatulence and diarrhea. And the enzymes, such as amylase, lipase, and catalase that are contained in it, help aid digestion.

5. It fights malnutrition

In under-developed nations where it is difficult for everyone to have access to highly nutritious food, tiger nuts can serve as a healthy option.

Because they are very rich in nutrients such as carbohydrate, fat, fiber, calcium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, copper, iron and zinc.

Studies have also shown that the golden brown tiny tubers contain many beneficial vitamins that are capable of meeting the nutritional need of those wanting in one.

6. It helps to prevent colon cancer

Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine (colon), which is the final part of the digestive tract. And most cases of colon cancer begin as small, noncancerous (benign) clumps of cells called adenomatous polyps.

However, tiger nut is wonderful when it comes to cleansing the colon due to fiber contained in it.

And according to the American Cancer Society, foods like tiger nuts that are rich in fiber and antioxidants property are excellent when it comes to the prevention of cancer.

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Groundnut: The health benefits of eating peanuts will blow your mind


According to recent studies, the skins have an abundant amount of natural antioxidants and a high content of dietary fiber.

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Unknown to many people, groundnut is one of the best sources of protein. It is also very beneficial when it comes to matters of health.

Although they are high in fat, it can be said to be the good kind of fat as it is a monounsaturated fat.

Groundnut, which is also known as peanut or pignut, contains magnesium; foliate, vitamin E, copper, and arginine: They are believed to lessen the risk of cardiovascular disease.

And according to recent studies, the skins have an abundant amount of natural antioxidants and a high content of dietary fiber. This is with regard to the different types, be it light-roasted or dark-roasted.

Here are some of the mind-blowing health benefits of groundnut

1. It is rich in antioxidant

Groundnut skins are rich in phenolic compounds, which go to say that they are antioxidant rich. Antioxidants, on the hand, help p protect the body from oxidative stress, which occurs in cases of various cancers and diseases.

They are powerful substances, which prohibit (and in some cases even prevent), the oxidation of other molecules in the body.

According to a 2012 study from North Carolina University, published in the “Journal of Food Science,” it was reported that adding a 5 percent concentration of peanut (groundnut) skins to peanut butter significantly increased its antioxidant levels without sacrificing taste or texture.

2. Heart-healthy fats

As earlier stated, groundnut contains monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that keep the heart healthy.

And this is great for the great for the healthy condition of the heart because a good level, of both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, help to lower blood cholesterol levels as well as reducing the risk of coronary heart diseases.

3. It is a high source protein

When it comes to the healthiness of our cells, protein is essential. And this is because the cells in our body are constantly being replaced and repaired and to ensure that the new cells are healthy, and the damaged ones repaired well, the need for protein cannot be overemphasized.

Groundnuts have been shown to be an extremely high source of plant protein and medical practitioners have advised that it should be incorporated in the diet for children, vegetarians, and protein deficient people.

4. Groundnut is a rich source of minerals

As stated in the introduction, groundnut is a rich source of minerals. And some of these minerals include magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, calcium, sodium, etc.

These minerals are needed by our body to function well.

It is, however, important to note that adequate supply of these minerals ensure a healthy heart as well as minimizing the risk of mineral deficient diseases.

5. It is rich in vitamins

It is a well-known fact that when it comes to overall growth and development, the importance of vitamins cannot be overemphasized.

Vitamins do not only ensure vital health for cells and tissues, they also helps in fighting infections; thereby ensuring smooth functioning of our organs.

Groundnut provides our body with essential vitamins, which helps in regulating metabolism, converting fat and carbohydrates into energy, and facilitating bone and tissue formation.

And being a rich source of foliage, studies have shown that it reduces the incidence of birth defects and anemia related conditions.

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Some African superstitions worth believing because they are backed by science

Contrary to popular opinion, superstitions aren’t an African thing alone. In Western countries, people fear black cats, the Number 13 and walking under ladders. Ask Europeans why ships, boats and hurricanes are named after women, and you will not get a logical answer. That’s because superstitions are almost never backed by logical explanations.

Some African superstitions worth believing because they are backed by science

Some African superstitions worth believing because they are backed by science

Are African superstitions worth believing because they are interesting?

Believe it or not, Africans perpetuate the most interesting superstitions. Think about it: striking your left foot against a stone means bad luck, going out when you hear the shrill cry of a bush baby could get you killed, looking at the mirror at night could make you see demons, and so on. And when it comes to African myths, most people believe without questioning.

Some African superstitions worth believing because they are backed by science

Some African superstitions worth believing because they are backed by science

What are the benefits of superstitions?

So why haven’t we done away with these beliefs? And do superstitions have any purpose? According to anthropologists, certain African superstitions are actually worth believing. In fact, these beliefs exist because they serve the following purposes:

·         They encourage good behavior among members of a society.

·         They provide explanations for strange occurrences—a coping mechanism in the midst of disaster.

·         Superstitions empower people to try to control their destinies or to predict their futures. For instance, legendary basketball champion, Michael Jordan believed that wearing his college shorts beneath his team jersey would boost his performance.

·         Often, superstitions are used to threaten and dupe people, so you must beware of fraudsters.

While some myths are irrational, many others have been proven true by science. In this article, we shall outline the top five African superstitions worth believing.

The most ridiculous African superstitions that are actually true

1)       Mirror showing

If you’re in touch with your African roots, you probably know you shouldn’t show a child a mirror. According to the myth, the child might remember their past lives, or their souls might get trapped. None of these can be explained rationally. Elderly people probably coined these explanations to deter anyone from breaking this tradition.

A closer look might reveal the real reason behind this superstition. If babies (or very young children) form a habit of looking at the mirror, they might break it and harm themselves. Mirror gazing can also inspire pride in one’s beauty. It can also inspire body image issues.

Here’s a true story: After wearing a Halloween costume, a child looked in the mirror and was alarmed by what he saw. The child screamed and wailed. For days, he was traumatized by his costume and his image.

So perhaps, it us wise to adhere to the tradition of reserving mirrors for grownups only.

2)       Sweeping your house at night

Do not sweep your house at night, says the famous superstition, or you’ll lose your wealth. In other words, sweeping at night is symbolic of sweeping out your wealth.

This makes sense when you consider that health is wealth. To be healthy, you have to sleep well. You can’t sleep well, when you’re raking a broom all over the house in the middle of the night. Besides, the sweeping will result in a lot of dust and allergens floating around the house and blocking inhabitants’ airways.

According to research, sleep deprivation can cause cardiovascular diseases, mental health problems and other metabolic diseases. When people don’t get enough sleep, they are likely to spend their hard earned monies and time consulting medical experts.

Some African superstitions worth believing because they are backed by science

Some African superstitions worth believing because they are backed by science

3)       Don’t eat vulture meat

Vultures are often regarded as scavengers of death. They are the cleanup birds that feast on the dead and all things filthy. It is for this reason that people all over the world avoid vultures. They do not domesticate vultures and they do not eat them.

 In fact, in African traditional religion, vultures are regarded as the harbingers of death. When you see a vulture perching on your roof, you are advised to throw a stone at it. Keep throwing stones until it flies away.

Researchers in UCLAs Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, performed a methodical review that showed that vultures have a more complex digestive gut that allows them to tolerate carrion-based meals. Humans stand the risk of getting food poisoning if they eat or handle vultures.

Avoiding vultures is an African superstition worth believing.

4)       Sacred Pythons is one of the African superstitions worth believing

In various African societies, Pythons are either worshipped or revered. In some parts of Nigeria and Kenya, people are forbidden to kill pythons. In Kenya for instance, the people believe that pythons bring rainfall. In parts of Nigeria, pythons are said to protect crops and other forms of livelihood. People who kill pythons in some parts of Nigeria are made to give the reptile an expensive, befitting funeral ceremony.

Science has shown that pythons and other kinds of snakes are effective in reducing the population of rodents and other crop-destroying pests. Pythons play an important role in maintaining the balance of the ecosystem. Killing them is definitely not a good idea.

The solution is to find safe ways to coexist with them. It’s actually doable. After all, our ancestors did it for centuries.

Some African superstitions worth believing because they are backed by science

Some African superstitions worth believing because they are backed by science

5)       Don’t disclose your pregnancy until after the second trimester

As pregnancy superstitions go, this is the most common one. African women are generally encouraged to be secretive about their pregnancies. According to the myth, the spirits can hear and jinx the pregnancy.

However, there is a scientific explanation to this. Discussing your pregnancy often brings up a lot of unanswerable questions. And everyone knows that uncertainty brings a lot of anxiety and worry. Anxiety is bad for you and your baby. Furthermore, a lot of miscarriages happen in the first trimester, so many women choose to keep things quiet until the danger has passed. 

According to one research study, psychological stress in expectant mothers increases the risk of early miscarriage. If you’re pregnant, consider adhering to this is one. It’s one African superstition worth believing.

Final thoughts on African superstitions worth believing

Superstitions aren’t simply a sign of ignorance or a lack of imagination. Sometimes, they are backed by science. So before you shun that African superstitions worth believing, look at it critically. Perhaps, science has proven that it is worth believing.

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Home remedies for brightening your baby’s skin colour

Babies are undeniably beautiful. There are no cuter things on earth than babies, irrespective of their skin color. Fair, dark, dusky or wheatish, whatever the complexion they are born with, it changes nothing.

Home remedies for brightening your baby's skin colour

Home remedies for brightening your baby’s skin colour

What matters to a parent is the child’s well-being, health, and overall growth and development. New mothers are always ready to try new things for her baby. While this can be exciting, it sure must be safe too. We have carefully compiled some home remedies for toning and brightening your baby’s skin. We want you to be able to do this without causing them any sort of irritation. A baby’s skin is highly sensitive and prone to infection. From the time babies are born, if you take proper care of their skin, it’s as good as giving them a lifelong gift of great skin. Want to know about some great tips to make your baby’s skin glow?

Check Out These Skin Brightening Tips Below:

Regular Hot Oil Massage

Home remedies for brightening your baby's skin colour

Home remedies for brightening your baby’s skin colour

Hot oil massages with olive oil or coconut oil is great for your baby’s skin. Using your pals,warm the oil slightly and rub it into your munchkin’s skin gently. These oils are known to deeply moisturize, protect, and enhance your baby’s skin. They provide extra moisture and protection to the skin cells of the baby. They also restore the balance of oils in the skin cells, leaving the skin pinkish and bright. Coconut oil is another great option to try as a massaging oil. It dramatically improves the skin tone of your baby and makes it glow.

Feed Your Baby Some Fruit

Home remedies for brightening your baby's skin colour

Home remedies for brightening your baby’s skin colour

There’s nothing like feeding your baby fresh fruits for bright, glowing skin. Fruits are full of nutrients and fiber, and help cleanse your baby’s body from within. This helps in the overall improvement of his/her skin. Grape juice has proven to be quite a remedy when it comes to enhancing the complexion of your baby. Extracted from natural grapes the juice cleanses the epidermis of the skin and leaves it soft and glowing. You can also use other fruits such as organs and apples to lightening your baby’s complexion.

Homemade Mild Body Pack

Home remedies for brightening your baby's skin colour

Home remedies for brightening your baby’s skin colour

Body masks are perfect for improving your baby’s skin health and protecting it from infections. One such ideal body pack for babies is milk and turmeric paste. There’s also tomato, curd and oatmeal.

Milk is an excellent product for the skin whitening as it contains Vitamin A which helps in the making new healthy cells. Mix turmeric with milk and use the paste smoothly on your child’s face body. Apply the paste to your child’s skin and leave it on for 10 minutes. Then, gently wipe it off with a moist cotton cloth. Next, after the removal of the paste, make your child take a bath without applying soap on the skin where you had applied the paste. The skin will glow soon.This body pack brightens your baby’s skin tone and removes dirt effectively.

Do the same with the tomato, curd and oatmeal combination.

Baby’s Bathing Water Should Be At Optimal Temperature

Home remedies for brightening your baby's skin colour

Home remedies for brightening your baby’s skin colour

The temperature of the water you use to bathe your baby plays a crucial role in the condition of your his/her skin. Make sure that the water is not too cold or hot. Maintain a comfortable, warm temperature that wouldn’t cause discomfort to the baby. Extreme temperatures can cause dryness and dullness and can damage the texture of your baby’s delicate skin.

Don’t Use Soap

Home remedies for brightening your baby's skin colour

Home remedies for brightening your baby’s skin colour

Never use commercially available soap on your little one’s skin. They are harsh and can dry it out. Instead, opt for natural skin cleansers like gram flour, which enhance the skin texture. Soaps are harsh and full of chemicals that make your baby’s skin dry and dull. Yu could also use glycerin bars to bathe your baby.

Use A Mild Moisturizer

Home remedies for brightening your baby's skin colour

Home remedies for brightening your baby’s skin colour

Using a moisturizer is essential. It locks the moisture into your baby’s skin and prevents it from drying out. Choose a moisturizer that is gentle on the skin and designed for babies’ skin. It is recommended you apply moisturizer on your baby every 4 hours for best results.

Ensure Your Baby Is Hydrated

Drinking water helps to flush out toxins in your body, and the same applies to your baby. However, check with your doctor for what the right amount is for him.

Keep These Precautions In Mind

  • Always, always handle your baby’s skin gently. Do not rub too quickly or scrub too hard.
  • Do not leave his/her skin wet. Dry it up using a clean, soft towel.
  • Never use products meant for adults on your baby’s skin.
  • Always conduct a patch test of any scrub or pack that you wish to use on your little one’s skin.
  • Keep in mind the weather conditions and adjust your baby’s skin care regimen accordingly.
  • Dress your baby in clean, comfortable, and breathable clothing to avoid skin irritations.

Good skin is a reflection of one’s health. Do your baby a favor and follow the tips mentioned above to make sure he/she has great skin now and forever.