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BENEFIT OF GARRI

Garri as commonly known is the yoruba name given to grains made from processed and dried cassava. It is also known as cassava flakes in English and GSO4 ,garium sulphate particularly anong the students. It is said to be a blessing because it is cheap and readily available. A cup goes for 20 naira which is okay for a meal. It also serves as a fast food which requires no pot and stove nor kerosene and gas just your cup and spoon. It is time saving and easy to process.

Considering the benefits of garri, we say it is rich in carbohydrate. It contains starch which is converted to glucose during digestion. Glucose on the other hand is an energy producing substance which boost one to engage in various activities and this makes garri a reliable energy replenishing source after an hectic day.

Also, garri has some health benefits which includes helping people recovering from malaria to eat well. It also helps stop diarrhea since it has the ability to harden stool, with the presence of high fibre content in it, it help facilitate digestion and improve proper bowel movement. Scientist has discovered that garri can help reduce the risk of colonic cancer because it can serve as an internal cleaning agent especially of the internal walls.

As we know, too much of a thing is bad and everything has its two phases - the good and bad, garri also has its negative effect. Eating too much of garri or unwell processed one might cause itching of the eyes and eye defect because it contains cyanic acid. In view of this, soaked garri should be taken with milk or made into eba and taken with soup or vegetables. It should also be noted that accumulation of dried garri may lead to appendixes. Even with these in consideration, we can take our balanced garri with milk, sugar, fish, kuli or groundnut. GARRI, THE STUDENT POWER.