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Monday, March 16, 2015

Food Of The Day- Akara

Akara, also known as Bean Cakes, Bean Balls, Bean Fritas or Acarajé in Portuguese is a Nigerian breakfast recipe made with beans. Akara is one of the most popular breakfast staples in Nigeria, it is also a great street food as sellers can be found frying them at different hours of the day. Akara is a deep fried Nigerian Snack and breakfast meal made with ground de-hulled(peeled) brown or black-eyed beans and spices.

There are several varieties, but the Nigerian Akara is usually made with peeled blended beans and spices and then deep fried in vegetable oil. Palm oil can also be used for deep frying Nigerian Akara.

Each ball of akara has about 71 calories, but that is if you add just the basic things
mentioned above. Out of the 71 calories, fat makes up just 5 calories. However this might vary as the amount of cholesterol contained depends on the kind of oil you used to fry it. If you use the cholesterol free oils like extra virgin olive oil, canola oil; then you have no cholesterol in it.

Protein makes up 45 calories, which is ideal for weight loss.

Fiber: 10 calories

Sugar: 4 calories

Other elements make up the remaining 6 calories.

So, akara ball has about 71 calories, it is high in protein content, in fiber and has low-fat, except of course if you are using the non-cholesterol free oil.

Therefore, akara is a good meal if you are trying to lose weight and eat healthy.

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