Garri has numerous benefits as it increases vitality in consumers. Taking too much garri can have some serious health implications, we would discuss a few of them below:
(1) Eye Defects
Garri is made from cassava which contains hydrocyanic acid. Cyanide in garri, in large quantity, can lead to serious eye defects. However, proper and thorough processing of the garri should reduce the concentration of the acid to a considerate level.
(2) It May Worsen Ulcer
Where in excess, another drastic effect of Cyanide which is an organic acid in nature is that it can lead to intestinal issues, and it can worsen the situation of an ulcer patient. If you’re an ulcer patient, you shouldn’t be consuming too much of garri cause it’s harmful to your health.
Cyanide is also an organic acid in nature and where in excess, it can lead to intestinal issues, and can worsen the case of an ulcer patient.
(3) Causes Weight Gain
Cassava which is the root from which garri is produced is rich in carbohydrate. A cup of garri contains about 360 calories, out of which 99% is carbohydrate.
Hence, consuming too much of garri leads to excess storage of carbohydrate in the body and this can lead to unnecessary weight gain. So, you should know, garri isn’t good for weight loss.
(4) It Makes You Feel Weak
Garri is a staple food in Nigeria which almost all Nigerians drink on a daily basis. Garri can actually makes you feal weak after drinking it especially when you’re very hungry and you drink it in an empty stomach (when you’ve not eaten anything).
Although this won’t happen immediately after drinking but give it time, you’ll be weak after drinking garri without eating any other foods on it. This might lead to making you feeling sleepy and by that, it could ruin your day as you might not be able to do anything afterwards cause all you will want to do is sleep!!!
(5) It Dries Blood
This has not yet been proven scientifically though, but people always say drinking too much of gari actually dry blood. Especially when drinking it without adding milk.
With all these stated side effects, you may be wondering what to do. I know you love gari, I really do too. However, there is need to take caution so as to prevent any negative health implications.
As stated above, proper processing of the gari can dramatically reduce the level of cyanide.
Hence, it is advisable that you purchase your gari from trusted sources and just as the popular saying goes, “moderation is key”. Moderate your overall consumption of gari.
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