Everybody is concerned with their health and for that matter their health needs becomes inevitable on their priority list. Food is a major factor affecting our health both positively and negatively hence making people become more selective with what they eat. More than half of our daily expenses is spent on food. It’s not surprising seeing people spend more than 20 cedis only on meat,fish and others loosing sight of the fact that too much of these can be harmful to their health. Just like the popular saying goes,’’too much of everything is bad’’. This article is to draw your attention to foods that are highly nutritious yet very affordable. You may know these foods but don’t know this about them.
First on my list is beans. Beans is just affordable anywhere at all. It’s affordable than fried rice, jollof rice that we prefer to eat the most. I spend just 5 cedis to buy beans and the satisfaction level is just on point.
The benefits of beans is as follows.
1 Beans contain amino acids, which are the protein building blocks that the body uses to heal and to make new tissues, such as bone, muscle, hair, skin, and blood. Protein is an essential nutrient.
2 Beans contain folate. Folate is essential for overall health, to make healthy red blood cells, and help prevent neural tube defects in a fetus during pregnancy.
People who consume beans regularly may be less likely to die of a heart attack or other cardiovascular problem.
3 Reduced rate of cancer.Some studies have shown that beans act as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. These effects could reduce the risk of cancer.
4 Controlling appetite.When a person eats beans, the fiber and healthful starches they contain can help create a feeling of fullness and satisfaction.As a long-term dietary strategy, this could help prevent overeating and may lead to weight loss.
My favorite from the list of benefits is number 4. Why? If you are a hustler like me, better start adding beans to your diet. It’s funny anytime I eat beans I spend less than 13 cedis on food.
Next food to talk about is kenkey. Kenkey is one of the favourite and most consumed meals in Ghana but the very moment we start earning some good money we kind of stop eating. Very sad truth.
Kenkey has two types known as Fante Kenkey and Ga Kenkey.Regardless of the type, it basically is kneaded corn dough cooked in dried plantain leaves and served with sauces, peppers, onions, meat, fish or shrimps.Kenkey is rich in vitamins A, C, E, K, B.It contains low protein, low fat and high fiber content.It protects body from oxidative stress, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.It decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease and lower blood pressure.Eating kenkey helps combat fat by reducing blood cholesterol levels.Kenkey supports digestive and immune system.All in all, it contributes beneficially to overall health - which is absolutely huge.I am not suprised at all that Ghanaian footballer Thomas Partey recommends eating kenkey to all as it contributes a lot to his early recover from injury. Again I spend 5 cedis on Kenkey just like beans. Assuming I should eat both kenkey and beans in the same day, it means I am going to spend a total of 10 cedis for the day.
Number three on the list is fruits. Fruited are just not so expensive. Imagine an orange costs 50 pesewas. You can have pawpaw for 2 cedis . Fruits is very affordable hence I encourage you normalize consuming fruits. For the health benefits I’ll use the saying, ‘‘an apple a day drives the doctor away’’ to say it all. Thank you.
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