What is eba?
Eba is a swallow eaten in West Africa made from gari (dried cassava). The term ‘eba’ originates from the Yoruba people of Southwest Nigeria. It is typically made with soups and stews. It is one of the easiest and quickest swallows to make and is known to be an affordable comfort food.
Eba nutrition facts (per 100g gari):
Eba is higher calories and carbohydrates than other swallows. Here are some nutrition stats:
- 363 calories
- 89g carbs
- 0.16g protein
- 0.6g fat
What does 100 calories of eba look like?
Eba health benefits
Eba is high in resistant starches which feed “good bacteria” in the body and promote digestive health.
2. Support immune function
Eba is rich in vitamin C which helps to support the immune function of the body, protect against skin damage and stimulate collagen production.
3. May reduce blood pressure
Due to eba’s high potassium content, it may aid in lowering blood pressure levels.
4. Support weight management
Eba is high in calories per gram compared to other starches which makes it perfect to aid weight gain. However, one can still consume it for weight loss as it’s high fibre nature helps to curb appetites and prevent overeating.
How to make eba
Add eba to a bowl with boiled water (enough to soak every piece). Mix and mould into your desired texture with a spoon.
How to eat eba
Eba is typically pinched and dipped into stews or soups.
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