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Black-eyed peas (Cowpeas): 10 proven reasons why you need it.

Black-eyed peas (Cowpeas): 10 proven reasons why you need it

Black-eyed peas also called Cowpeas, are extremely healthy and nutritious. Black-eyed pea a delicious legume is commonly cultivated in Nigeria and other parts of West Africa.  It is scientifically called Vigna unguiculata and is a staple food in most Nigerian homes including mine.  Black-eyed peas have a high protein content that is equivalent to the …

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Nigerian pearl millet: 10 amazing health benefits and nutrition

Pearl Millet: 10 Surprising Health Benefits and Nutrition

Pearl millet is a nutritious cereal crop that originated from Africa.  The scientific name is Pennisetum glaucum and it belongs to the Poaceae family. This millet is commonly called “Gero” (Nigeria), “Bajra” (India), and “Petit mil” (French). The millet is inexpensive, drought-resistant, and grows well in low rainfall, poor soil, and high temperature. It is …

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Human sperm don't swim the way we thought: New study reveals, contradicting centuries-old beliefs

Human sperm don’t swim the way we thought: New study reveals, contradicting centuries-old beliefs

Human sperm roll like ‘playful otters’ as they swim. A breakthrough in fertility science by researchers from Bristol and Mexico has shattered the universally accepted view of how sperm ‘swim’. About 350 years ago, a Dutchman named Antonie van Leeuwenhoek invented the powerful new compound microscope and accidentally discovered the existence of bacteria, a groundbreaking …

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pigeon peas (fio-fio) 6 proven health benefits and nutrition

Pigeon peas (fio-fio): 6 Proven Health Benefits and Nutrition

Pigeon peas (fio-fio) is a delicious superfood that is loaded with tons of nutrients in a low-calorie package.  Pigeon peas are scientifically called Cajanus cajan and are perennial legumes belonging to the family Fabaceae. Other names include fio-fio (Nigeria), red gram (India), and gungo pea (Jamaica). Pigeon peas are rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals, fiber, …

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6 proven reasons why your diet needs Bambara nut (okpa)

6 Proven Reasons why your Diet needs Bambara Nut (Okpa)

Bambara Nut (Okpa) is a delicious superfood that is enjoyed by many Africans and it is scientifically called Vigna subterranea. It is a drought-resistant legume that grows in West African countries (Nigeria, Cameroun, and Chad). Other names for this wonderful complete food are Bambara bean, Bambara groundnut, condo goober, earthpea, ground-bean, and hog-peanut. The nuts …

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