Ofada Rice And You: Nutritional Benefits & Historical Facts You Need To Know

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ofada rice nutritional benefits

January 18, 2017 – Ofada Rice And You: Nutritional Benefits & Historical Facts You Need To Know

Do you know that Ofada rice is a name for the heritage variety of rice grown in south-west Nigeria? It is grown almost exclusively in Ogun State and named after the town Ofada in Ogun State.

Do you know that Ofada Rice is not indigenous to Africa? But was purported to have been smuggled by a soldier into Nigeria in 1940 when the soldier returned from Asia and planted the rice in Ofada Town.

Do you know why Ofada rice is typically priced higher compared to other available rice?

It has been regarded as a sign of status symbolism by some people and in contemporary times, it is sometimes served at classy parties because it has high nutrition values.

Ofada rice are of two types Brown and white ofada rice, this is determine on the basis of un-milled seed colour. Brown ofada rice is often very highly aromatic, whereas white ofada rice is typically non-aromatic.

Do you know that Ofada rice is unpolished because most Africa rices are difficult to mill and polish and the rice bran that is left on the grain help strengthening the flavour and making it more nutritious?

Ofada Rice against imported Parboiled polished rice.

Do you know that imported parboiled polished rice looks more aesthetically appeasing to the eyes than ofada rice but has less value of Nutrients to ofada rice?

Do you know that the quantity of both soluble and insoluble fiber found in Ofada rice is more than twice the quantity of fiber found in regular polished or white rice and the difference is due to the way both types are processed.

In processing, ofada rice has only the husk removed while White rice has both bran and husk removed and parboiled then polished to look attractive. The bran is kept intact in Ofada rice which helps to give us a healthy dose of dietary fiber and in return the fiber helps in proper digestion and in the cleansing of the colon.

Do you know why ofada rice is preferable to imported parboiled polished rice when trying to lose weight?

The soluble fiber in ofada rice reduces/slow down the rate food leaves the stomach which gives a sense of fullness after a meal and help reduce/stop over eating which helps in losing weight especially when you eat it with vegetables (salad/Soup).

Do you know that due to the process of white parboiled rice, it loses most of the natural nutrients but are usually fortified with some unnatural vitamins but Ofada rice is loaded with natural nutrients like magnesium, manganese and zinc, potassium and some traces of vitamin E?

Do you know that a study team at the Harvard School of Public Health revealed that eating five servings per week of white parboiled rice increased your risk of having diabetes and that replacing white parboiled rice with brown (ofada) rice helps lowered the risk?

Do you know that Ofada rice is a perfect Baby Food as brown rice cereal/rice itself is good for baby’s first food due to high concentration of natural nutrition and fiber content it contains, this is a better option to refined white rice/corn cereal products has rapidly growing babies/ toddlers require rich nutrient diets to help maintain rapid growth cycles.

[For more details on how to buy Ofada Rice either in small or large Quantities, call Labon Ofada rice at 08094204561/08029120936]

6 thoughts on “Ofada Rice And You: Nutritional Benefits & Historical Facts You Need To Know

  1. we have many Natural food in Nigeria but we are always on the verge of eating more of foreign food. Most of the imported foreign rice has been kept in silos abroad for many years and preserved with chemicals before been sent down to Africa but we prefer it to our fresh natural rice. that is one of the reasons we have more life threatening disease in the country.

  2. In contribution to the above piece, we need to do something about food shortage in Africa because we don’t have enough food to sustain us despite the fact that we have enough land to practice farming. Even the Cassava (Gaari) that become one of our best favorite was imported from Brazil. It has never been our traditional food.

    During the period of Trans- Atlantic Slave Trade, the Europeans discovered that we have fertile land especially in Sub-Sahara Aftica which can provide us enough foods. Prior to that the little foods that we have were being shared by our leaders the King and his Chiefs. There was no enough food to go around. That was why most of these foods were imported to help reduce out rate of malnutrition.

    What happened in those days is what our leaders are still practicing today by holding on to little we have and forget about the rest of populace. Instead of thinking about how we can have enough to go around. That is why our level of thinking cannot be compared with our white counterparts. If there is anything we should thank them for, that is their initiative of bringing in mechanized farming, bringing in plough, harvester and some crops to feed us.

    The only Africa leader tried to bring back modern Agriculture in the mid 70’s in Nigeria is Obasanjo by introducing operation feed the nation (OFN)?but the idea died down due to corruption and unsustainability.

    Indomine was never part of our food but it is one of the appreciated food in Nigeria. We need to shift our focus from stealing money and start to think about achieving food sufficiency. We are very short sighted. We think by having enough money we can import whatever we want to eat. We are so depended on foreign foods which are gradually killing us and make us susceptible to modern diseases. What about if those people can not produce us more food?

    Folks, we really need to embark on a Farming Revolution. We need to upgrade our farming system. Even the white farmers Abroad are among the richest people. Remember Mathusian Theory on Population, If we don’t do something about Agticulture, I’m afraid we may end up starving to death even with our money. We may end up having a lot of money but no food to purchase with it. With Agricuture alone we can resuscitate our economy.

  3. Thank you for the valuable information. We tend to lean towards imported foods that are now poisoning us and causing cancer (God forbid). I will definitely keep your telephone numbers and order my ofada rice. Our excessive appetite for rice is now taken advantage of by the Chinese, now producing synthetic (plastic) rice for human consumption in Africa. God save us. Do you export to America? I am interested in becoming your distributor. Give me authentic traditional ofada rice any day.

    • Thanks for your comment, it is our dream to expand our business beyond the shores of this nation. we are open to forming a working relationship with you. our ofada rice is original and stone free.
      just give us a call .

  4. Thank you Jilo, for your valuable contribution. Two things we need to note, first, Indomie or whatever it is called, has no nutritional value. It is junk food, pure and simple. Also, the government should encourage the jobless and our youngsters to go into farming, by giving them grants and interest-free loans to encourage practicing agriculture on a large scale, rather than doing cyber crime.

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