July 22, 2016 – UCH Ibadan Dietician Urges Nigerians To Eat Iru, Locust Beans For Diabetes Cure & Easy Digestion
Dr Tunde Ajobo Lists Health Benefits Of African Locust Beans (Iru, Dawadawa)
UCH Dietetics Department Chief Dietician, Dr Tunde Ajobo has urged Nigerians to introduce locust beans (iru) into their diet because of its nutritional and medicinal benefits.
Here is the remark Dr Ajobo made today during a press conference at the University College Hospital Ibadan
“Locust bean 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,”.
“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 eye sight.
“Locust beans also helps in absorption and aid digestion of food,”.