1.Promote digestive health
A major advantage of waakye is the beneficial impact it has on digestive health. The black peas used in the production of this food are highly nutritious and combined with many impressive health benefits. Especially, they can help support weight loss, improve heart health and promote digestive health. Black-eyed peas contain special nutrients such as zinc, iron and amino acids usually found in the group of protein foods. They also contain nutrients from the plant food group: fiber, folate and potassium.
2.Blood Sugar control
Rice and beans, is a classic comfort food mixture in most African communities. This is one of the most healthful dishes you can eat. It is high in protein and plant fiber gives it many health benefits. A diet that’s high in fiber helps regulate blood sugar and prevent certain types of cancer,” says Michelle Schelske-Santos, Ph.D., a professor in the nutrition and dietetics program at the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras. The type of fibre in beans also helps us develop good bacteria that contribute to a healthy intestine, she says.
When prepared with organic brown rice cultivated and ground in Ghana, waakye becomes a good weight loss agent. Whole grains are also an important source of folate, riboflavin (B2), potassium and calcium. Furthermore, brown rice is extremely rich in manganese. This little-known mineral is vital for many important processes in the body, such as bone development, healing, muscular contraction metabolism, nerve function and blood glucose regulation.
4.Rich Source of antioxidants
Red sorghum leaves are rich in anti-oxidants, which are substances that prevent or slow down cell damage caused by free radicals and unstable molecules. They are sometimes known as "scavengers of free radicals". Antioxidants are expected to help fight a range of diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. However, the levels of antioxidants in foods and their effects may be influenced by cooking methods, and waakye is no exception.
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