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Dietician Says Locust Beans Helps to Improve Sight



Locust Beans

Locust Beans

Tunde Ajobo, Chief Dietician, Department of Dietetics, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, has recommended the consumption of locust beans because of its nutritional and medicinal benefits.

Ajobo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Ibadan that locust bean has numerous uses.

“Locust beans is a natural condiment that is supposed to be in our food on a daily basis because of its numerous nutritional content.

It is better than processed seasonings and we should not substitute these natural flavours for the processed condiment that are readily available today.

Locust beans contains nutrients in a natural form that the body can easily utilise and its health benefits cannot be overemphasised,” he said.

The dietician explained that locust beans is rich in nutrients that that help to promote good sight, aid digestion and reduce risks of hypertension and diabetes.

“It is one of the real sources of protein, Vitamin A, sodium, iron, zinc, calcium and potassium.

Calcium helps in the formation of strong bones, proper development of teeth as well promoting blood clotting.

Zinc helps in healing and we know that vitamin A helps to promote good eyesight.

Locust beans also helps in absorption and aid digestion of food,” he added.

However, he cautioned people with health problems like chronic kidney disease to eat locust bean in moderation.

“In contraindication, the amount you need to take it must be quantified because of its protein and potassium content,” said Ajobo.

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  1. chichi

    July 24, 2016 at 1:11 am

    Love this, its in some of my favourite native soups.


    July 24, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    But of course… I learnt this in pry school when one of my teachers told my mom his wife ate it a lot during pregnancy and their sons eyesight is so perfect

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