In Nigeria, one very staple food is garri. Made from cassava tubers, it has been nicknamed ‘garry’, ‘African ican an cornflakes’, ‘garium sulphate’, ‘garrison’ and so many other funny names.
It is loved by all and sundry because it is cheap, affordable and consumed by the rich and poor alike. it may be consumed with milk, sugar, suya, groundnut, kulikuli, coconut, fried meat, fish (raw, cooked or fried) and the list is endless. Some take it as a form of snack, others have it as real food. It may also be “transformed” and consumed as ‘Eba’, that is when it is prepared with hot water and eaten withsoup.
Garri has numerous benefits as it increases vitality in consumers.Taking too much garri can have some serious health implications,we would discuss a few of them below:
1. Eye Defects:Garri is made from cassava which contains hydrocyanic acid. Cyanide in garri, in large quantity, canleadto serious eye defects. However, proper and thorough processing of the garri should reduce the concentration of the acid to a considerate level.
2. Cyanideis also an organic acid in nature and where in excess, it can lead to intestinal issues, and can worsen the case of an ulcer patient.