Burkina (Brukina) is a beverage made from ground millet and pasteurized milk. Its original name is “Deger”.
Just like Fura da nono, it is very nutritious and has lots of health benefits.
It is usually served chilled in a cup or sold bottled. What can we say, Zongo foods are awesome!
Benefits of Burkina.
Millet flour from which Burkina is made contains vital nutrients such as magnesium, calcium, manganese, tryptophan, phosphorus, fibre, vitamin B and antioxidants.
While the milk contains calcium and vitamin D.
Thiamine (B1) which is needed for breaking down Sugar and producing fatty acids is found in Millet.
Riboflavin (B2) breaks down fats and breaks tryptophan into niacin (B3).
B3 is responsible for communication among cells. Vitamin B6 is needed for brain development and breaking down carbohydrates and fats.
Calcium is essential for humans and can be found in diary products. It regulates the contraction of muscles, nerve conduction, and the clotting of blood.
We need to consume a certain amount of calcium to build and maintain strong bones and healthy communication between the brain and other parts of the body.
People who do not consume enough calcium before the age of 20-25 have a considerably higher risk of developing brittle bone disease later in life.
Calcium is not easily absorbed without the presence of vitamin D.
Phosphorus is a mineral that the body needs to perform a range of essential functions.
It helps in repairs of tissues and waste removal.
Phosphorus helps in the regulation of heartbeat and kidney function.
It aids in muscle recovery after exercise and is also necessary for muscle contraction.
The milk used in preparing the Burkina (brukina) contains iodine, which is needed in the diet to ensure that the thyroid works properly.
Thyroid hormones play an important role in a wide range of bodily functions, including metabolism, bone health, immune response, and development of the central nervous system.
Prepare Burkina in a healthy environment.
Although burkina in itself has no recorded side effects, hygiene is a public health issue to consider.
When it comes to Burkina, it can be common for individuals to develop typhoid fever after consuming food prepared in an unhygienic environment contaminated with salmonella typhi.
It is advisable that an individual should ascertain the hygiene conditions of the Burkina vendors before buying and consuming the delicacy.