21-year-old Karim Adeyemi scored a fantastic solo goal against Chelsea. When asked the secret behind his speed, he jokingly said African food, and when pressed on what specific food, he said Fufu. Now you might wonder, does Fufu actually make one fast?
I eat a lot of African foods… and it’s very good.
Fufu is made by stirring, pounding, or kneading starchy vegetables like cassava or wheat till it forms a dough-like consistency. Fufu in Nigeria is commonly made with cassava. The cassava is harvested and peeled. washed, and soaked to ferment, after which it is ground and sieved.
Therefore, if you want to know the health benefits of Fufu, to see if it makes you fast like Karim, you can easily do so by looking up the benefits of Cassava. The energy you get from fufu is tremendous. For daily tasks to be completed, you require energy and if you are a footballer like Karim, you need a lot of energy. So, in some way, Karim’s joke could be right, albeit not entirely.
Fufu doesn’t guarantee you speed. You need to be naturally gifted, and work hard.
Cassava is a good source of resistant starch, which supports gut health and blood sugar management. It also contains vitamin C, a key micronutrient that can enhance immune function and collagen production. Eating foods that are high in resistant starch may benefit your health in several ways.
Cassava is relatively high in calories and must be prepared before eating to avoid adverse health effects. So don’t go about eating raw fufu because you want to be fast. It won’t work.
It’s also good to know that Fufu goes alongside vegetable soups. A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower the risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect on blood sugar, which can help keep the appetite in check.
So, a serving of Fufu every week might not be a bad idea.