Consumption of garri is common among the populace of West Africa like Togo, Nigeria, Benin Republic and others.
It gained this importance not only because its a cheap and readily available source of food but also a fast food which requires sugar, coconut, groundnut, meat, fish, or processed preferred products like Kulikuli (yoruba) and water for the readiness of its consumption.
Its transformation into other foods like Eba also increases its vitality and consumption among the African populace to the extent that it calls for no public advertisement. However, the consumption of this African renowned grain has been reported to cause detriments to the eye, for example, Blindness.
Blindness, is defined as the state of being sightless. A blind individual is unable to see. In a strict sense the word “blindness” denotes the inability of a person to distinguish darkness from bright light in either eye.
Eye defects are a phenomenon many people deal with daily. In some cases, the defects of the eye are present from birth. Other types of eye defects are developed later in life. There are several eye conditions that are far more common than others.
Fortunately, many of these common defects can be treated effectively. Which have made some populace enemies to the consumption of garri. Eye defects could as well be caused based on one or more of the following: Genetics, Environmental factor, Nutrient deficiency, nonchalant acts, Lack of healthy practice.
Anaemia, is a condition that develops when your blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells or haemoglobin. Haemoglobin is a main part of red blood cells and binds oxygen. If you have few or abnormal red blood cells, or your haemoglobin is abnormal or low, the cells in your body will not get enough oxygen
Cough is an action the body takes to get rid of substances that are irritating to the air passages, which carry the air a person breathes in from the nose and mouth to the lungs. A cough occurs when cells along the air passages get irritated and trigger a chain of events among others.
The cause of this is the presence of excess hydrocyanic acid in cassava which garri is made from due to unwell processing. However, its excess, continuous and frequent consumption may cause the accumulation and thereby leading to its adverse effects.
The presence of this acid in cassava could be understood as the water extract from cassava plants because of its concentrated form. Aside eye defects, this organic acid also causes intestinal problems and make ulcer patient to deteriorate. Same goes to other cassava products which are not well processed, as they will cause more harm than good.
Conclusively, excessive and frequent taking of garri, especially those not well processed, can hinder one’s health and give room for illhealth.