Calories in African Food

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General African Food Information

African food information is very diverse as Africa is the second largest landmass in the world. However, most of the food is prepared from locally grown fruits, vegetables, grains, milk, and meat products. Milk and whey are products that may be widely consumed in one area but are not in tropical Africa due to cattle disease. Many dishes are grain-based, from corn to basmati rice to couscous in Northern Africa. In Southern Africa, a blend of many cultures, people are often defined and traced back to ancestors by the types of food they consume. One subset who are believed to have lived in the region for over ten thousand years love barbecue, like American culture, and dried meats.

Healthy African Food

African food is traditionally quite healthy, based on whole, unprocessed ingredients and full of a variety of nutrients. In some parts of the continent, there is an increase in amount of frying, meat consumed and salt added to meals, which contributes to unhealthy African food calories. However, as long as you stick to traditionally prepared meals, and steer clear of coconut milk based dishes, you will understand how healthy African food really is. Lunch is the biggest meal of the day, eaten late in the afternoon and compromised of grains in stews and/or mixed with boiled meat and vegetables. Cassava is ubiquitous in Africa; the roots are high in starch, calcium and phosphorus, whereas the leaf contains a generous amount of protein.

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