17 health benefits of eating African salad ‘Abacha’

Abacha is renowned as a very special dish to the Igbos in Nigeria. It is prepared with dried shredded cassava, utazi leaves, pepper, potash, red oil, ugba (ukpaka), crayfish and diced garden eggs.

17 health benefits of eating African salad ‘Abacha’


The dish has a rich content of minerals and nutrients which includes: Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Sodium, Vitamin C, Zinc, Iron, Vitamin A and Phosphorus. Cassava is equally a great source of thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin.

Listed below are seventeen health benefits of eating the meal which is popularly regarded as African Salad in English

1.) It is a great gluten-free Nigerian food, which makes it ideal for people allergic to gluten consumption.

  1. )The leaves of garden eggs used in the preparation of the salad are pretty rich in ascorbic acid, calcium and antioxidants.

3.) The Utazi leaf is good for improving digestive health.

4.) Helps in the formation of strong bones and also prevents bone damage.

5.) Enhances the circulation and transport of blood all over the body vessels.

6.) Improves the moment of bowels and minimizes constipation.

7.) Helps to combat illnesses such as heart diseases, cancer, blindness, while also improving the eyesight.

8.) Abacha is usually eaten with animal protein such as fish, chicken or kpomo, which are good for the body.

9.) Stops the growth of cancerous cells in the body.

10.) Helps to reduce the risk of obesity.

11.) Abacha is rich in potassium. 1 cup of cassava contains 558 mg of potassium, which makes it good for the heart and cells.

12.)There are other Nigerian foods rich in potassium.

13.) Has a rich iron content and helps to boost the production of blood in the body.

14) Abacha prepared with ehu seeds have extra benefits, because ehu seeds have been suggested to fight arthritis and rheumatism.

15.) Has a very high fibre content.

16) Abacha is very rich in Vitamin B-complex.

17.) The African salad meal also helps to solidify the body’s immune system to fight against external infections.

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