Top Four Nigerian Soups and Their Health Benefits
Nigerians don’t just eat foods for eating sake, for a Nigerian to consume a food, he or she must have known the health benefits of such food. Every Nigerian loves good soup. Authoritatively, Nigerian soups can be said to be the best soups in Africa. Chop4naija present four Nigerian soups with numerous health benefits. Let’s check them out.
Oha soup is native to the Igbo people in the eastern part of Nigeria.Only a few Nigerian soups can compete with this soup, a soup made from oha leaves. Oha soup is always prepared with coco yam, if you don’t know how to prepare this soup, check our blog for the recipe. Oha leaves contain minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, zinc and manganese. Oha leaves are rich in fiber, amino acids like glutamic acid, lysine and cysteine while they have a low sodium content. They contain vitamins A, C and some B vitamins. The leaves contain antioxidant, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties and often used in treating malaria and digestive issues.
Edikaikong soup is native to the efiks, the Efiks are predominant in Cross river and Akwa ibom state of Nigeria.Its a very nutritional food that is widely enjoyed by both the Efiks and non-Efiks. Edikaikong soup has a very high nutritional value due to the presence of dark green leafy vegetables. Dark green leafy vegetable contains small amount of Omega 3 fats which deliver big health benefits such as lowering the levels of depression, it also lowers inflammation which happens to be a key component in asthma.
Just like Edikaikong above, Afang soup is native to the Efiks, people of Akwa Ibom and Cross river states of Nigeria. It may be native to the Efiks but it’s widely enjoyed by all Nigerians. Afang Soup is a nutritious soup made with Afang leaves/Okazi leaves,water leaves and assorted meat.Check our blog for Afang soup recipe. For those who want to shed weight and are conscious of their calories consumption, Afang leaf is dense in calories, it is said to constitute more than 15 percent of the daily required intake of 2000 calories. Afang soup is very rich in carbohydrates, 3 grams of these carbohydrates come from dietary fiber, dietary fiber promotes quick feelings of satiety and aides digestion as well.
Eguisi soup is one of the most delicious soup in Nigeria.This soup is prepared with melon seeds and usually enjoyed with amala, semo or akpu. The melon seeds is rich in Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium and Sodium. Other minerals include Iron, zinc, manganese and copper. Eguisi is very high in fat content, the fat in eguisi is cholesterol free which means it not harmful to our heart.
Finally, for weight watchers, Eguisi soup should not be an option because of it’s high caloric content.