Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Day 43-Nutritional Bite

Diets Around the World- Chad
The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp in Chad, Africa spends 685 CFA Francs or $1.23 on food for one week. The most fertile land in Chad is the southernmost region, which yields sorghum and millet. Millet is the staple food throughout Chad. It is used to make balls of paste that are dipped in sauces. In the north, this dish is known as alysh; in the south, as biya. Fish is popular, which is generally prepared and sold either as salanga (sun-dried and lightly smoked) or as banda (smoked larger fish). The Sahara's scattered oasis support only some dates and legumes. Carcaje is a popular sweet drink extracted from hibiscus leaves. Alcoholic beverages, though absent in the north, are popular in the south. People drink millet beer, known as billi-billi. Malnourishment in Chad is 34 percent (FAO), and life expectancy is 43.6 years (UNDP).

Sugar Preacher's Experience
Millet is know as "the queen of grains." Millet is densely nutritious, alkalizing, and provides a cooling effect on the body. My grandmother has lived a long healthy life for 91 years, and her daily breakfast consists of steamed millet. We should eat more millet in America and increase the average life expectancy to 90 years! 

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