Locust beans are mostly grown in Nigeria for their seeds which serve as seasoning for many African stew and soups.
It is commonly referred to as ‘iru’ by Yorubas, ‘ogiri’ by the Igbos, and ‘dawadawa’ by the Hausas.
Despite its unpleasant smell, when added to meals, locust beans produce delicious flavour with loads of health benefits that are great for you.
Here are six reasons for you to add locust beans to your ingredient list;
Boosts male fertility
Locust beans contain zinc which, according to research, increases testosterone levels. Research has also shown that this mineral can improve the potency and frequency of sexual intercourse.
Another reason you should add locusts beans to your diet is to boost your immune system. Locus beans contain zinc, a trace element that makes you less susceptible to disease and illness.
Good for your eyes
Locust beans are rich in Vitamin A, which helps to build a good vision and prevents blindness. It does this by providing the cornea with antioxidants that help reduce the risks of eye infections.
Controls diabetes and cholesterol level
Research has shown that it also contains soluble fibre which helps to control sugar level and reduce cholesterol level. Hence, diabetic patients should consider including locust beans in their meals to stay healthy.
Strong bones and teeth
Locust beans are another source of calcium which helps in the formation of strong bones. It also ensures good oral health as it contributes to the proper development of teeth.
Food digestion and absorption
Lipids in your body are essential for proper digestion and absorption of food and nutrients. These lipids can be found in locust beans, and are needed to transport fat-soluble vitamins—A, D, E and K from the intestines to the blood stream to ensure absorption of food nutrients.
Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. These beans are a source of protein, which serves as an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.