Top Foods Enjoyed in Kenya and Their Benefits

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  1. Beans


There are several types of beans consumed in different regions of Kenya. They are a common feature in stews to accompany favorites like chapatti and rice. In addition to rich flavors, beans are loved for their abundance in healthy nutrients like zinc, B vitamins, copper, and magnesium. Eating beans, therefore, reduces chances of getting heart disease, certain cancers, and diabetes.


  1. Fish


Fish is popular among locals who need proteins, omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin D. Healthy consumption of fish promotes brain health and encourages proper growth in children. Fish is so popular that you will easily find in steamed, stewed or fried in a roadside kiosk or restaurant in any region.


  1. Potatoes


Sweet and Irish potatoes are popular in Kenya as a staple for some and a delicacy for others. Mashed, boiled, roast potatoes are commonly eaten in the country for breakfast, lunch or even dinner. One of the reasons for potatoes’ popularity is that they are a good source of potassium, fiber and B vitamins. These and other nutrients provide people with necessary defenses against high blood pressure, inflammation and certain types of cancer.


  1. Dark leafy greens


Dark leafy greens are another common feature in Kenyan cuisine, hailed for their high antioxidant content which enables them to fight off free radicals. They also pack in lots of vitamin K to help in blood clotting as well as vitamin C to keep infections at bay. Folate in dark leafy greens prevents anemia. Consumption of dark leafy greens like spinach and kale is said to negate the formation of breast and skin cancers.


  1. Beef


Beef is no doubt a Kenyan favorite but it receives such a bad rap from people trying to stay healthy. This doesn’t mean that there is nothing good to get out of your favorite cuts. Beef contains proteins and minerals for proper development and better absorption of amino acids which are essential building blocks of proteins.


  1. Chicken


Chicken is common in Kenyan parties as it warms the heart and brings lots of laughter. Eating chicken regularly provides necessary nutrients for great skin, reduced chances of cholesterol accumulation, relief from common cold.



  1. Beetroot


More adventurous and health conscious Kenyans adore the beetroot. It is an excellent food coloring that also finds its way into salads and juices. The main ingredient of this bulb is betaine which is credited with cleansing both the intestines and stomach. People trying to gain weight or recover after a bout of disease consume lots of beetroot juice. This red plant has also been touted as a cure for certain malignancies.


  1. Coconut

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They are abundant in the vast Kenyan coast but you will still encounter coconuts in the mainland. They are a popular ingredient n local cuisine acting as a source of sodium, potassium, magnesium, iron, chlorine, pantothenic acid and many more useful nutrients. Coconut water is a great diuretic that fights kidney stones and its antibacterial properties make it a great fighter of cholera. Coconuts also vitalize the nervous system and strengthen the heart.


  1. Pumpkins


Expectant women and nursing mothers flock local markets in search of the pumpkin. This is because this fruit contains the highest amount of vitamin B which is important for various functions. It has anti-inflammatory properties as well as the ability to prevent kidney stones and diabetes. Adults also consume pumpkin to remove worms from the digestive tract and maintain prostate health.


  1. Arrowroots

Kenyans from all walks of life love taking boiled arrowroots with hot tea at any time of day. People might admire it for the rich flavor but few know that it is an excellent source of fiber. Arrowroots also help to remove toxins from the body and being so rich, its powder or paste forms a large part of baby food.

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