Top 10 Healthy Foods in Kenya

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K enya is a rich fertile land where many healthy foods grow. Most crops grow all seasons helping locals and visitors alike to fill their stomachs with healthy compounds whenever they like.

  • Avocado

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Avocados have many health benefits but most notable is the prevention of breast cancer thanks to significant amounts of oleic acid in it.

  • Banana

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These have huge health benefits including the ability to lower blood pressure, improve heart health as well as reduce the risk of asthma.

  • Watermelon

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Watermelons will help you prevent diseases due to vitamin C and protect your eyes with the vitamin A in its juicy flesh. They also regulate digestion, protect against impotence and prevent kidney disorders.

  • Green Maize

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No matter the color, maize provides magnesium, folate, thiamin and most importantly fiber which is important for the digestion process.

  • Amaranth

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Commonly called terere in Kenya this herb contains several minerals, protein, vitamins as well as fiber which are all frugal to human health. Research shows that amaranth helps to keep cardiovascular diseases at bay. Regular consumption of amaranth also reduces cholesterol levels.

  • Black Beans (njahi)

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Black beans are a common feature in Kenyan festivity dishes and for good reasons. They pack in enough proteins for the body and inhibit the formation of free radicals which cause damage to healthy cells.

  • Arrow Roots

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This traditional tuber is great for weaning infants as it is one of the easiest starches to digest. It is a popular treatment for poisoned wounds like bee stings and snake bites.

  • Sweet potatoes

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They are high in vitamin B6 which helps to reduce levels of homocysteine, a known cause of degenerative diseases. Presence of vitamin D is a great immunity boost while iron ensures normal production of white blood cells. They also contain adequate amounts of magnesium which is also called the relaxation mineral.

  • Cassava

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This is the root to feed on if you want to enjoy tasty food with lower carbohydrate content. It contains fiber for better digestion and B17 stimulates red blood cell hemoglobin formation. Cassavas are also ideal for people who want to prevent cancer or tumor rationalization.

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