Recently some studies have been taking place at the University of Ibadan, on the calorie and carbohydrate contents of some of our Nigerian foods, and i was lucky to get the results. I believe it would be very helpful for us to know this information in order to help us in our weight loss journey.
Today i just thought i would drop some information on Calories of some specific Nigerian foods, using Easier measurements.
Pounded yam: : This is a Nigerian food made by pounding cooked yam, and then you pick a soup to eat it with.
Pounded yam is so high in Calories, its Scary. A medium slice of yam contains almost 330 calories, but i guess, everyone has a different perception of the word medium. So I would use the dessert spoon measurement.
The Dessert spoon is one which is larger than a teaspoon but smaller than a table spoon.
One dessert spoon of pounded yam contains 10g of carbohydrate, which equals 40 calories from carbohydrates alone. Remember, this is just the carbohydrate count, protein and fat hasnt been added.
It is hard to actually calculate the calorie content of pounded yam, because this depends on how much you are actually eating, but if you can picture your pounded yam being fitted into a cup (our normal milk tin cup), then a cup of pounded yam contains 400 calories. The milk tin cup is really really small.
So if you want to estimate calories in pounded yam, one milk tin cup is 400 calories!!
Hope this helps us all when we make our food choices. Eat healthy always.
In the next few days, i am going to be talking about the carb content of other foods too, in order to give us an idea. This would include jollof rice, tuwo, amala, plantain, potato, millet, beans, palm oil, soy bean oil, fufu, cocoyam and so much more. Please ensure you check back.
For calorie content of Powdered Iyan (ola Ola or yam flour, click here: Calories in pounded yam flour