Akamu also known as pap has been linked with weight gain in so many places. Akamu is produced locally in Nigeria and other African countries from maize, sorghum or millet. The grains are soaked in water for about three days, after wit is grinned and sieved to remove the husks. The sieved maize is then left to ferment and dry for few days again and is ready to use.
Cooked akamu may be enjoyed with fried plantain, pancakes(Akara), fried yam, bread, puff puff and beans. Any of these, when combined with Akamu, makes a great breakfast meal.
Nutritional value of Akamu
Studies have shown that akamu is nutritionally packed and is rich in essential properties, including carbohydrate, Vitamins [A, B5, B3, B1, riboflavin, C), folic acid, potassium, chromium, selenium, zinc, phosphorus, and magnesium. It also contained high contents of amino acids such as tryptophan, phenylalanine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine and valine. The calories in one serving of pap is 152.
Does Akamu make you gain weight?
The question about how to gain weight with akamu or if pap makes someone fat is a popular one with little answers. The truth is that akamu can make one gain weight or fat but it depends on how you drink your akamu since akamu with little or no sugar will not make you fat or add weight.
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Drinking akamu will help fill you up for longer time and prevent overeating, for this reason it is often recommended in weight loss food plan. Also maize, millet and sorghum from which akamu is made from are excellent foods for weight loss.
The main reason akamu has been linked to weight gain and fat is because of the sugar, milk and other sweeteners added to pap before it is taken. One significant risk of consuming excess dietary sugar is weight gain. In most cases, sugars, milk and sweeteners are high in calories. Consuming too many of these products together with akamu will lead to weight gain, even with regular exercise. There is strong evidence showing that excess dietary sugar is a vital cause of weight gain.
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