Ga Kenkey, also known as 'Ga Komi,' has numerous health benefits.
•Among these benefits is detoxification from what is known as 'kenkey water.'
•Some producers of this staple have also touted its medicinal properties.
It's a complete package from a single meal. The kenkey meal is not only delicious but also nutritious.
While the carbohydrate component, when combined with the pepper sauce and protein – mostly fried fish – provides a balanced diet, the water used in cooking and the dough itself have health benefits.
During a visit to Bukom, a Ga community in Accra, Aunty Naa, a resident engaged in the family business of cooking and selling kenkey, told GhanaWeb's Naa Oyoe Quartey on the People&Places show that the water that remains in the pot after cooking Ga Komi, 'Ntishin nu,' has healing properties.
According to her, the water containing nutrients from the cooked kenkey has traditionally been used as a natural way of treating illnesses such as fever and, in some cases, jaundice.
She stated that it has worked for them as a community over time.
Otherwise, she added, it can be used solely as a detoxifier when used correctly.
“It has medicinal properties. It cleanses the body, alleviates fever, and treats jaundice. You can drink it immediately or wait three days before drinking it. It will detoxify you and cause you to urinate frequently. You can also soak the corn dough in water for a while, then sieve the water that rises to the top after it settles and drink it. It aids in the treatment of jaundice,” she explained.
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