Traditionally, Igbos know certain foods help improve the brain power and function of children. Experienced nutritionist in Awka Anambra state, Ngozi Egbuonu says: “The child’s brain is a very ‘hungry’ organ. It’s the first of the body’s organ to absorb nutrients from the food we eat. So, if we give the body junk foods” she explains.
Here are some “super” foods to keep the brains of Igbo kids in top gear:
The whites are full of protein and the eggs yolks are packed with choline, which helps memory development of kids.
The brain needs a constant supply of glucose and starch, and rice provide loads of these. The fibre in rice, helps regulate the release of glucose into the body. Rice also has vitamin B, which nourish a healthy nervous system.
An excellent brain food packed with protein, complex carbohydrates, fibres, and lost of vitamins and minerals to help keep a child’s energy and thinking at peak performance levels.
- Groundnut Butter:
Groundnut and groundnut butter are a good source of vitamin E, a potent anti-oxidant that protects nervous membranes, plus thiamine to help the brain and the nervous system use glucose for energy.