Fura are balls of millet dough eaten in parts of West Africa including Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Nigeria. Fura normally goes with milk, which is why it is referred to as Fura da Nono; fura and milk.
Not just any milk, though. This Zongo food goes best with locally fermented milk. It’s thicker, but not as thick as yoghurt.
Benefits of Fura.
Fura is made from a gluten-free grain called millet. The hot spices provide loads of nutrients. This comes with lots of minerals and vitamins like thiamine, phosphorus, calcium, and vitamin D.
Millet contains thiamine (B1) which is needed for synthesizing certain hormones and creating brain chemicals. Folate (B9) is especially important in aiding rapid cell division and growth especially during infancy and pregnancy.
Pantothenic acid (B4) is necessary for creating new co-enzymes, proteins, and fats.
The milk is also rich in Vitamin D which helps maintain strong bones. It helps in the absorption of calcium.
Calcium is an essential mineral in humans and is the most abundant mineral in the body.
Around 99 percent of the calcium in the human body is found in the bones and teeth.
Calcium is therefore essential for the development, growth, and maintenance of bones.
Vitamin D helps in the absorption of calcium. Calcium is a co-factor for many enzymes, which means that without the calcium, these important enzymes cannot work as efficiently.
Dietary fiber refers to nutrients in the diet that are not digested by gastrointestinal enzymes but still fulfill an important role.
Dietary fibre aids in digestion. Eating fura regularly can help avoid constipation. It also reduces the risks of developing haemorrhoids.
Millet from which fura is made can help reduce the effects of migraines and heart attacks due to the presence of magnesium.
It is a grain that should also be included on your list of heart-healthy choices because of its status as a good source of magnesium. Consuming adequate magnesium might help reduce premenstrual symptoms.
Without magnesium, a high intake of calcium can increase the risk of arterial calcification and cardiovascular disease.
The phosphorus provided by millet plays a role in the structure of every cell in the body.
It helps in keeping the bones strong and healthy. Muscle contraction and the nervous system also benefit from phosphorus.
Another benefit of phosphorus is making DNA and managing the body’s energy usage and storage.
Prepare fura in hygienic environments.
Although fura da nono in itself has no recorded side effects, hygiene is a public health issue to consider.
Preparing fura in an unhygienic environment increases the risks of being contaminated with salmonella typhi.
This leads to typhoid fever.
Other micro- organisms such as Escherichia Coli and campylobacter can also contaminate nono during the milking process.
It is advisable that an individual should ascertain the hygiene conditions of the fura da nono vendors before buying and consuming the delicacy.