Garri is a carbohydrate based food consumed in many West African countries, Nigeria in particular. Processed from Cassava, Garri in its raw form is creamy-white or light-yellowish flour with a slightly fermented flavor. The two main varieties of Garri are “White” and “Yellow” Garri. Essentially, both varieties of Garri have the similar processing methods, the yellow color can be achieved simply by adding a few drops of palm-oil to the cassava flour during the frying/drying stage.
Garri can be eaten without further cooking, as a snack, by pouring it in a bowl adding water, sugar, groundnut and milk usually called garri soakings. For example, ijebu-garri is made with finer grains, and has a pleasantly sour taste, making it very suitable to be eaten in this way. In most parts of West Africa, sugar or honey is then added as well as chunks of coconut, groundnuts, tiger nuts milk, and cashew nuts. In most garri recipes it is cooked by adding boiling water and stirring to make a stiff paste known as Eba. Eba is normally eaten with different kinds of soups or stews. Most parts of Africa have an equivalent staple cassava dish. However, Garri has it own side effects to the body and below are some reasons you shouldn’t be drinking too much of garri;
1. 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!!!
2. Eye Defects
Garri is made from cassava which is known to contain hydrocyanic acid. Cyanide in garri contained in large quantity can lead to serious eye defects. However, proper, safe, and thorough production of the garri should reduce the concentration of the cyanide to a considerate level.
3. It Dries Blood
This has not yet been proven scientifically though, but people always say drinking too much of garri actually dry blood. Especially when drinking it without adding milk.
4. 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.
5. Causes Weight Gain
Cassava which is the crop from which garri is made from is rich in carbohydrate. A cup of garri contain about 360 calories, out of which 99 percent 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.
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