EGUSI NUTRITIONAL BENEFIT
Egusi benefits include
- Protein: The crude protein composition of Egusi stands at 23.4% making it comparable to other plant proteins food sources such as soybean, cowpeas and pumpkin seeds.
- Fats and Oil: The fat content is 45.7% which makes it comparable to pumpkin seeds in terms of its oil content. Now, before you decide to stop eating Egusi because of its fat content, it might interest you to know that the fats in it comprise mainly of monounsaturated omega 9 fatty acids (15.9%) and polyunsaturated omega 6 fatty acids (62.8%).
- Omega 6 fatty acids: are known as ‘essential fatty acids’ because the human body needs them for healthy functioning but cannot make them by combining other food components; it, therefore, needs to be obtained from food and/or through supplements. The body needs this kind of fat.
- Fibre: The fibre content from the research stood at 12% which is high compared to other legumes.
- Carbohydrate: The carbohydrate content is quite low at 10.6% compared to other legumes which tend to have anywhere between 20-60% carbohydrate content, but this isn’t really a problem as it is traditionally eaten with a carbohydrate-rich food.
- Amino-acid: it is rich in Arginine, Leucine, Isoleucine, Threonine, Phenylalanine, Valine, Histidine and Methionine.
- Minerals: it is richest in the mineral Phosphorous, followed by Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium and Sodium. Other minerals include Iron, zinc, manganese and copper.
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