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Health benefits of eating “Akple” a local Ghanaian food.

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Allow me to properly introduce you to “Akple”. This is a Ghanaian dish indigenous to the Ewe tribe of the Volta Region. Akple is whitish grey in color and mostly rolled into spherical ball, varying in diameter for the person whom the akple is going to be served to. The main ingredients for preparation are corn flour, cassava dough, salt and water. This is “traditionally eaten with the hands”. Akple is usually eaten with Okro soup known as “Fetri Detsi” among the Ewes.

HOW IT IS PREPARED

Using a deep stainless steel saucepan, pour in water to about one third level of the final quantity you wish to prepare. Add a few tablespoons of corn flour, enough to make a light slurry. Put over medium flame and stir till the slurry begins to boil. Lower the flame and begin to sprinkle in more and larger quantities of corn flour. Continue to stir gradually while adding flour till the slurry becomes dough-lik

Now, use your wooden spatula to knead the dough to smoothness. When smooth, remove any dough stuck to the sides of your pan and centre your dough. Add water around your “dough-in-pan-island”, enough to almost cover the surface. Cover very well and allow to boil, allow boiling to ensure some even cooking and steaming of the dough bin the covered pan. Knead with spatula to incorporate the water into the dough to smoothness

Repeat centering, watering and kneading till your dough is soft and evenly cooked. Note, corn flour takes a while to cook evenly. You can also form a well in your “dough-island” and fill with water to ensure faster and more even cooking.

HEALTH BENEFITS

 

 

1. Energy Enhancer

Akple gives energy because of the corn in it. One cup of corn yields around 29 grams of carbs which not only provides physical energy but ensures proper functioning of the brain and nervous system.

2. Lowers Blood Sugar & Cholesterol Level

increases the flow of blood, lowers cholesterol absorption and regulates insulin, making it an excellent choice for diabetics and cholesterol patients. Akple is a good source of vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin.

3. Rich in Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are essential to survive and an active individual should consume 40% of calories in a day which is around 200 grams of carb per day. Lowering carbs to 120 could assist to shed some unwanted pounds so the range between 120 to 200 is good. Corn tortillas are heavy on carbohydrates. In order to maintain healthy weight and proper functioning, stay under the top number

 

 

 

 

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Health benefits of eating “Akple” a local Ghanaian food.

505

 

Allow me to properly introduce you to “Akple”. This is a Ghanaian dish indigenous to the Ewe tribe of the Volta Region. Akple is whitish grey in color and mostly rolled into spherical ball, varying in diameter for the person whom the akple is going to be served to. The main ingredients for preparation are corn flour, cassava dough, salt and water. This is “traditionally eaten with the hands”. Akple is usually eaten with Okro soup known as “Fetri Detsi” among the Ewes.

HOW IT IS PREPARED

Using a deep stainless steel saucepan, pour in water to about one third level of the final quantity you wish to prepare. Add a few tablespoons of corn flour, enough to make a light slurry. Put over medium flame and stir till the slurry begins to boil. Lower the flame and begin to sprinkle in more and larger quantities of corn flour. Continue to stir gradually while adding flour till the slurry becomes dough-lik

Now, use your wooden spatula to knead the dough to smoothness. When smooth, remove any dough stuck to the sides of your pan and centre your dough. Add water around your “dough-in-pan-island”, enough to almost cover the surface. Cover very well and allow to boil, allow boiling to ensure some even cooking and steaming of the dough bin the covered pan. Knead with spatula to incorporate the water into the dough to smoothness

Repeat centering, watering and kneading till your dough is soft and evenly cooked. Note, corn flour takes a while to cook evenly. You can also form a well in your “dough-island” and fill with water to ensure faster and more even cooking.

HEALTH BENEFITS

 

 

1. Energy Enhancer

Akple gives energy because of the corn in it. One cup of corn yields around 29 grams of carbs which not only provides physical energy but ensures proper functioning of the brain and nervous system.

2. Lowers Blood Sugar & Cholesterol Level

increases the flow of blood, lowers cholesterol absorption and regulates insulin, making it an excellent choice for diabetics and cholesterol patients. Akple is a good source of vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin.

3. Rich in Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are essential to survive and an active individual should consume 40% of calories in a day which is around 200 grams of carb per day. Lowering carbs to 120 could assist to shed some unwanted pounds so the range between 120 to 200 is good. Corn tortillas are heavy on carbohydrates. In order to maintain healthy weight and proper functioning, stay under the top number