Ofada rice is a type of rice grown in Nigeria’s southwestern region, particularly in Ogun state. It is thought to have been named after the town of Ofada, where it was first cultivated.
It is unpolished rice that is in high demand due to its distinct flavor and taste. Traditional Ofada rice is boiled and served in a leaf with a spicy sauce filled with locust beans known as Ayamase.
This local rice is high in nutrients such as zinc, potassium, calcium, iron, vitamin B1, and others.
Here are some of the health benefits you would enjoy when you add it to your diet.
- Aids digestion
Because of the dietary fiber in it, ofada rice improves the digestive system and facilitates digestion.
According to one study, raw, cooked, and soaked Ofada rice contains more phosphorus and fiber than imported rice.
These nutrients also aid in the prevention of bowel disorders, constipation, bloating, and other gastrointestinal cancers like gastric ulcers.
- Prevents neurodegenerative disease
Ofada rice improves cognitive reasoning and protects against neurodegenerative diseases, which include Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
According to one study, the Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) content of germinated brown rice such as ofada helps calm the nerves and thus prevents these diseases.
- Lowers bad cholesterol level
Because of its high selenium content, ofada should be added to your diet if you want to lose weight.
Low cholesterol levels in the body indicate a healthy heart, which reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Ofada also aids in the management of diabetes. According to one study, its low glycemic index regulates blood glucose levels, lowering the risk of diabetes.
- Strengthens the bone
Ofada contains a lot of folate, zinc, magnesium, and phosphorus. All of these nutrients are necessary for the body to build and maintain healthy, strong bones.
Ofada is also suggested to avoid bone diseases.
- Aids weight loss
You can lose weight by substituting ofada for white rice. Yes, because it is low in calories, gluten-free, and has a high fiber content.