A lot of people never know how much calories they take in. Imagine if i tell you you can eat a cup of rice or beans and eat almost up to 800calories……you won’t believe. But if you make your rice the way they make it in my house….then you are on that road. Palm oil is like the love of my mum’s life. One cup of rice (jollof) could contain 3tablespoons of palm oil, talkless of when she is cooking soups …which brings us to the topic for today, Palm oil.
Most Nigerian foods involve using palm oil, and for the Yoruba, Palm oil is a very necessary ingredient in the kitchen,
Lets break down the calorie content of palm oil:
1 table spoon of palm oil contains:
Total Fat: 13.6g
Total Carbohydrate: 0.0 g
Total Protein: 0.0 g
Total calories 120calories.
So what ever meal you eat, just by adding one tablespoon of palmoil, you have added 120calories already.
I would advise people trying to lose weight with the Nigerian diet, to reduce their intake of palm oils. When cooking, make sure you only add a little quantity to your food.