Garden Eggs has many health benefits. It can help you to lose weight as well as prevent other cardio-vascular diseases
| By Chinwe Okafor | Apr. 14, 2014 @ 01:00 GMT
PEOPLE who want to lose weight can achieve it now by consuming plenty of garden eggs. According to Jummai Hassan, a nutritionist with Wuse General Hospital, Abuja, garden egg also known as eggplant “have low calorie, low sodium, low protein and is very high in dietary fibre and potassium. It’s a fruit that is classified under vegetables and anyone who really want to lose weight should eat fresh garden egg.
“When you take garden egg, it fills the tummy because of its fibre content which reduces the food you consume, thereby reducing the calories and body weight.” She said that the high fibre content in eggplant helps to reduce bad cholesterol in the body, thereby protecting the heart. According to her, garden eggs help to regulate the blood pressure and maintain and regulate the function of the heart.
She said that because of the high fibre and low soluble carbohydrate content of the eggplant, it controls glucose absorption and reduces the risk of hypertension and is very low in calorie content, such that when a diabetic person consumes it, it suppresses the sugar level and brings the blood pressure down. She added that garden eggs have anti-ulcer remedy, which could be used as a treatment for ulcer while noting that they do not protect one from having ulcer but that the anti ulcer content in the fruit suppresses the ailment.
Also, a study conducted by S. A. Igwe, Dora Akunyili and C. Ogbogu, published in the 2003 issue of the journal of Ethnopharmacology on ‘Effects of Garden Egg on some visual functions of visually active Igbos of Nigeria’, found out that eating plenty of garden egg can help lower eye pressure in persons with glaucoma.
Garden eggs, could be eaten raw or cooked. The garden egg plant apart from being a source of vegetable also has numerous health benefits which are essential for the overall development of the human body. Its acceptability cuts across religious, tribal, cultural and ethnic groups in Nigeria, hence the wide usage of the garden egg plant.
Garden egg fruit is beneficial and nourishing to the body because it is rich in vitamin which provides the body with both soluble vitamin and water soluble vitamins; they are rich in thiamine required for normal growth and proper functioning of the heart and nervous system and niacin needed for cellular respiration. Garden egg is one of the anti cancer fruit which has been used for over decades, to fight against cancer and other diseases.
In Most African countries, this fruit is a highly valued delicacy and constituent of the African food. It also represents fertility and blessing and thus, common to find it served during wedding ceremonies in some communities across the African continent. For weight reduction, garden egg is the perfect recipe for achieving weight loss within a short period of time because it is very low in calorie content.
This is why experts are encouraging people that want to lose weight to eat more of the fresh form, just as people that are told to protect their heart against cholesterol effects should make it their delight. Ndubuisi Nwakakwa, physician/consultant Acupuncturist at Green leaves clinic and Acupuncture center, Ilasamaja, Lagos, said that garden egg has the power of reducing a high level of blood cholesterol level which is a primary risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke and heart diseases.
According to him when cooked in oil, it contains more than 300 calories due to absorption of extra fat. “Even though garden egg is generally said not to contain huge amount of protein and other nutrients, it is low in sodium and very rich in high dietary fibre, it is also high in potassium, a necessary salt that helps in maintaining the function of the heart and regulates blood pressure. Nwakakwa said that the benefits of garden egg to the human body are numerous.