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How beautiful is Cocoyam!

It might look hairy, dark or like an animal, but it’s beautiful on the inside, it carries what humans need to stay healthy. It’s white, full of texture somehow stick, it’s nutritious. Some like it steamed or boiled or fried. Its name: Cocoyam.

It’s beautiful because it has abundance of nutrients and minerals. It’s a staple food in some of the African countries like South Africa, in the Kwazulu Natal Province, Malawi, Zambia etc. Many use the Yams as carbohydrates to eat along their stews and vegetables, and in Malawi they eat cocoyam and drink tea.

Cocoyam was introduced by Portuguese traders in Southern Africa, though it’s mostly used in Nigeria, Cameron and more of the Western African countries.

Yams have better nutritional qualities than other root and tuber crops such as cassava or potatoes, with higher protein, vitamin and mineral content. Cocoyam is beautiful, it has earthly natural flavor, provides 9% protein, it’s rich in fiber, magnesium, potassium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and vitamin C. When the mothers wean their infants, it’s advised to use cocoyam to do so.

Think about snack, think cocoyam. Its low GI balances your blood sugar levels while being gluten-free, satisfying your nutritional needs.

Cocoyam is beautiful!

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