Nutritional Benefits Of Eating Ugwu (Pumpkin Leaf) You May Not Know


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Whether Ugu or Ugwu, you can be certain we are talking about the same leaf that is particularly common among the Igbos in Nigeria. In fact, the Igbos are the only tribe who are seen to sell these leaves anywhere in Nigeria, whether in the north or south, yet it is used in one way or the other by all tribes in Nigeria. I sincerely do not know the reason behind this.

The leaf is a valuable commercial crop which is grown majorly in the West African region. The dark green leaf, no doubt has been a staple vegetable in the diets of many as it can be combined with all the solid meals such as wheat, eba, fufu and the rest. Unknown to many, pumpkin leaves are loaded with a lot of nutritional benefits which can be helpful in aligning our path to a healthy status.

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The fluted pumpkin botanically known as Telfaira occidentalis has one advantage in that it can be enjoy through out the year unlike some other vegetables. However, you see the leaves flood the market more during rainy season.

Below are some of the nutritional and health benefits of including Ugu leaf into your meals.

1. UGWU HAS A HIGH FIBER CONTENT:

Are you constipated in a way, consuming Ugwu vegetable might be helpful as it contain high fibre. Each time I eat a meal contain Ugwu at night, it becomes easier to download feaces in the morning unlike previous days. I definitely recommend this for you.



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Oladipupo Abioye
Oladipupo is a Pediatric Nutritionist with Lagos State Ministry of Health. He is an adventurous foodie and loves to teach and render presentations on foods and nutritional topics at different symposia. He loves Messi but Chelsea FC is his baby.

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