Buttery, savory, mild, versatile, packed with life force, nutrients and healthy fats...this fruit here easily makes it way into my Top 10 Foods list. A tropical superfood with origins in the coast of West Africa, ackee has many delicious preparations and traditional recipes. We at Wadadli have been helping to introduce ackee to many people who have never experienced this particular taste of niceness given to us by Mama Africa.
In my travels I have heard people mistake ackee for acai (another powerful superfood), but I thought I'd take a moment to tell you more about the star of our menu. Here's 10 facts:
A recent study by the University of Maryland Medical Center showed that ackee has massive quantities of Vitamin B-3, which occurs naturally as the compound niacin. Niacin is beneficial to the productivity of the gastro-intestinal and nervous systems, and gives a healthy glow to one’s skin, hair and nails. As part of a wholistic health regimen, the dietary fiber found in ackee can be an easy way to help you lose or maintain your weight, as well as reduce the risk of heart disease and Type-2 diabetes.
Yes, so now that you know more about ackee, honor this tropical star. Introduce ackee as a part of your healthy food regimen.
Bake while you sing. Eat well. Enjoy your health!!!
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