In 2015 the #fitfam bug bit a lot of Nigerians. A lot of Nigerians were beginning to eat more “healthy food.” But wait a minute, what’s really healthy? One has to remember that our body does need certain types of foods to survive. Take for instance, palm oil. Until today, a lot of Nigerians see Palm oil as the enemy, we fail to understand that our bodies actually need some amount of oil to stay moisturized and for some other body functions. Palm oil becomes the enemy when you actually eat more than your body needs, cook it wrongly or the type of Palm oil used. Palm oil is known to subsequently reduce the risk of cancer, cataracts, Alzheimer’s disease and Vitamin A deficiency. It would just be advisable to stay close to and use the Palm oil in it’s fresh state(unrefined and cold pressed). In fact avoiding hydrogenated and over processed oils is more advisable to stay healthy and maintain a healthy body weight. Draxe.com.
That being said, one type of oil to use while maintaining a healthy weight is coconut oil. The limits to the use of this oil is quite endless. I use it as a replacement for butter or margarine in certain Nigerian recipes; even when it comes to making Nigerian snacks coconut oil is a wonderful ingredient.
From an experience point of view, Nigerian food is one of the best kind of food to eat while working on maintaining a healthy body weight. There was a time when all I ate was Nigerian food and my weight gain or weight loss depended solely on how I ate, what times I ate and what I ate.
To lose weight with Nigerian food, you can stay on the same daily diet; while watching your portions and just modifying your cooking and eating technics.
I read a while ago about Egusi being full of fat etc etc…I laughed so hard that day, not because the person who said it was ignorant, but because like I always say, everything must be done in moderation. As long as you’re not eating the whole pot of Egusi at one time, you are absolutely okay.