Ugali is a mixture of water and maize meal .The meal is common in Kenya and can be eaten alongside vegetables, beans,meat and milk. There are several health benefits of eating ugali.
Before we can highlight the health benefits of Ugali,we would like to note that Ugali made of unga which is not sifted has more health benefits than maize meal bought in supermarkets. You know, maize meal bought in supermarkets do not have the important component like oil, which is normally extracted at the industry and sold.Also,the cover of the maize is removed to make the unga smooth and tender, which is not okay when it comes to digestion.
Ugali contains roughages, which help in accelerating digestion.You won’t hear anyone complain of constipation when they eat ugali.
There are a lot of carbohydrates in Ugali, which helps in generating energy. The meal is so good that makes the stomach full for at least 6 hours.
The Corn oil in maize meal has antioxidants, which lacks cholesterol.Cholesterol has health hazards and is found in animal fats.
Maize meal is a source of iron, which is essential in building blood tissues.
Ugali also contains a lot of proteins for building body tissues.
As you can see,there are so many health benefits of maize meal.Even if you eat it alone,you will still assume you had a balanced diet.
Experts say maize meal does not have health hazards, unless you cook the one that has overstayed in stores which contain aflatoxins