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10 health benefits of eating tanfiri donkwa (groundnut and roasted maize balls)

Donkwa is one of those snacks that neither require much time to prepare nor cooking processes. It is made from groundnut and maize.


Tanfiri Donkwa (groundnut and roasted maize balls)

Groundnuts  also known as peanuts, are considered a very healthy snack. Although small in size it plays a vital nutritional role and contains amazing health benefits. Groundnuts can be enjoyed raw, roasted, boiled and fried, whichever way you choose to prepare your groundnut, just make sure you enjoy every opportunity.

The health benefits includes:
1. Lowers risk of weight gain: Eating nuts regularly is associated with a lowered risk of weight gain

2. Helps promote fertility because of the presence of folate: Repeated studies have shown that women who had a daily intake of 400 micro-grams of folic acid before and during early pregnancy reduced their risk of having a baby born with a serious neural tube defect by up to 70%.

3. Helps fight depression (Tryptophan): Peanuts are good sources of tryptophan, an essential amino acid which is important for the production of serotonin, one of the key brain chemicals involved in mood regulation. When depression occurs, a decreased amount of serotonin may be released from the nerve cells in the brain. Tryptophan may raise serotonin’s antidepressant effects when there is an increased amount of serotonin in the blood.

4. Boosts Memory Power (Vitamin B3): Do you know what can be found in peanuts that gave them the “brain food” tag? This is due to their vitamin B3 or niacin content whose many health benefits include normal brain functioning and boosting memory power.

5. Aids in blood sugar regulation (Manganese): One fourth cup of peanuts can supply the body with 35% of the DV of manganese, a mineral which plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation.

6. Cancer Protection: A form of phytosterol called beta-sitoserol (SIT) is found in high concentrations in some plant oils, seeds, and legumes including peanuts. Phytosterols not only protects against cardiovascular disease by interfering with the absorption of cholesterol, they also protect against cancer by inhibiting tumor growth.

7. Boosts memory power due to the content of Vitamin B3.

8. Lowers risk of heart disease: Numerous studies have shown that regular nuts consumption is linked to reduced risk of heart disease. Peanuts are rich in heart-friendly monounsaturated fats and antioxidants such as oleic acid. So take a handful of peanuts and other nuts at least four times a week to reduce your risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease.

9. Helps lower and control cholesterol levels due to the copper content in peanuts: The copper content aids in reducing bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol levels.

10. Helps prevent gallstones: It may come as a surprise that peanuts can help prevent gallstones. But 20 years of studies have shown that eating 1 ounce of nuts, peanuts or peanut butter a week lowers the risk of developing gallstones by 25%.

1. 100g of groundnut/ peanut (roasted)
2. 1 level teaspoon of ground chilli
3. Pinch of salt
4. 125g finely roasted maize meal.
5. 50g caster sugar.

1. Grind the peanut finely, add it the maize meal. Also salt, pepper and sugar.
2. Mix everything together thoroughly
3. Shape firmly into thin fingers or balls and arrange on a plate

By Naij.com Contributor: Oluremilekun Osobu-Asubiojo

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