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One of the most popular beans from the family of Fabaceae that has many healthy benefits is locust beans. Locust bean is a kind of bean commonly used as a spice for soups and stews. These beans are usually grown in Africa.

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Besides beneficial as a spice for cooking, Locust beans is also useful for maintaining a healthy body. Locust beans is recognized both regionally and internationally

Locust bean is a perennial deciduous tree of the family Fabaceae. It is found in a wide range of environments in Africa and is primarily grown for its pods that contain both a sweet pulp and valuable seeds.

Fabaceae also known as Leguminosae, commonly known as the legume, pea, or bean family, are a large and economically important family of flowering plants. about Fabaceae family-shaidysworldIt includes trees, shrubs, and perennial or annual herbaceous plants, which are easily recognized by their fruit and their compound, stipulate leaves.

 

Before sharing Locust Beans Health Benefit, let me first share the nutrients that is found in it, which are listed below:

  • Lipids are a necessary part of a healthy diet and the functions of lipids within your body are many. Beyond the various roles they play in the proper functioning of the body organs, lipids act as a source of energy, aid in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, insulate your body and provide the essential fatty acids.

 

  • Carbohydrates are your body’s main source of energy: They help fuel your brain, kidneys, heart, muscles and central nervous system. For instance fiber is a carbohydrate that aids in digestion helps you feel full and keeps blood cholesterol levels in check.

 

  • Fat are essential to give your body energy and to support cell growth. They also help protect your organs and help keep your body warm. Fats help your body absorbs some nutrients and produce important hormones, too. So your body definitely needs fat.

 

  • Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. Along with fat and carbohydrates, protein is a “macro-nutrient,” meaning that the body needs relatively large amounts of it.

 

  • Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that the body can’t digest. most carbohydrates are broken down into sugar molecules but fiber cannot be broken down into sugar molecules, and instead it passes through the body undigested. Fiber helps regulate the body’s use of sugars, helping to keep hunger and blood sugar in check.

 

Healthy Benefits of Locust Beans

Controlling blood sugar levels Our body does require sugar to produce energy. But the sugar in the blood must be kept stable. Therefore, if blood sugar exceeds the limit, will lead to diabetes. Maintaining a healthy diet such as not eating foods that are too sweet and also consuming locust beans is a way to control blood sugar levels

Controlling cholesterol  Stacking cholesterol can cause blockage of blood vessels,  The effect will bring some heart-related diseases. In fact, the heart is a vital organ that regulates the entire system in the body.

Gain weight Getting the ideal weight possible for some people is a very difficult thing. Especially for those who want to gain weight. Sometimes many who have eaten a lot of portions but the weight is not increased. If so, try to consume locust beans. Therefore, these nuts can help gain weight naturally.

As a medicine for diarrhea Locust beans contain a nutrient called tannin. This substance works for diarrhea medicine. This is a traditional way that anyone can do. Because locust beans are very easy to find and also its side effects almost nothing compared to chemical drugs.

Heals the wounds  As Internally effective as Locust beans, it can also be used as an external medicine. One of them is to treat wounds. Various wounds can be cured by using this herb. Just need to pound the beans and paste them on the wound.

Lower the fever When the fever is high, one should know how to handle it appropriately. In addition to taking febrifuge, can also use the traditional way that is by consuming locust beans.

Make vision better Consuming locust beans is also good for keeping eyesight. Especially for those who experience problems in the eyes such as minus eyes, cataracts, and so forth. Therefore, these nuts contain natural nutrients that can maintain eye health

Healthful digestion locust beans can also improve digestion. A healthy digestion will have an impact on the overall health of the body. Because the rest of the food and feces are thrown away through the feces easily. Consuming locust beans can also prevent constipation

Treating stroke Stroke is usually associated with cholesterol and high blood pressure. Therefore, should maintain health in order not to get a stroke. One of the safest and most convenient ways is to regularly consume locust beans to treat the stroke

Treating hypertension Hypertension is a high blood pressure experienced by a person. Patients with hypertension usually will experience a great headache. Even in severe conditions will cause the patient cannot wake up from his bed.

 

In conclusion Locust beans contain many nutrients that are needed by the body. Consuming healthy benefits of locust beans can lead to increased stomach gas. But, these symptoms will disappear and do not cause effects that are too harmful to the body.

 

 

 

The Nigerian Senate has listed about 42 anti-malaria drugs that have been banned in Europe but are still sold in hospitals and pharmacies in Nigeria.
The lawmakers raised the alarm that all the forty two anti-malaria drugs were still being stockpiled, sold and consumed in the country.

Hence, the Senate has mandated its Committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary), led by Senator Olarewaju Tejuoso, to urgently carry out a holistic investigation into the matter and report back for further action.

Raising the motion earlier, Senator T.A Orji, Abia Central said, “The Senate notes that recently the European Union banned the sale and consumption of 42 Anti-Malaria Drugs in all countries within the European Union.
The 42 Anti-Malaria Drugs are:
Alaxin 60mg tablet (dihydroartémisinine)B/8
Alaxin oral suspension (dihydroartémisinine) FL/80ml
Amodiaquine 200mg compressed B/1000
Amodiaquine 200mg compressed B/1000
Arinate 100mg tablet (artésunate) B/6
Arinate 50mg tablet (artésunate) B/6
Arsumax 50mg tablet (artésunate) B/12
Artemax 60mg tablet (dihydroartémisinine) B/8
Artémédine 40mg capsule (artemether) B/12
Artémédine 50mg tablet (artemether) B/12
Artenam 50mg tablet (artemether) B/14
Artenam 60mg tablet (artemether) B/8
Artésiane 300mg child powder oral suspension (artemether) FL/38g
Artésunate 100mg compressed B/120
Artésunate 50mg tablet B/120
Artexin 60mg tablet (dihydroartémisinine) B/8
Camoquin 200mg tablet (amodiaquine) B/9
Camoquin 200mg tablet (amodiaquine) B/25 blisters
Camoquin 200mg tablet (amodiaquine) B/55 blisters
Camoquin 200mg tablet (amodiquine) B/24
Camoquin 600 mg tablet (amodiaquine) B/3
Camoquin oral suspension 50mg/ 5ml (amodiaquine) FL/60ml
Cotecxin oral suspension (dihydroartémisinine) FL/80ml
Cotecxin 60mg tablet (dihydroartémisinine) B/8
Daraprim tablet (pyriméthamine) B/30
Falcinil 50mg tablet (artésunate) B/12.

The United Nations Children Fund ( UNICEF ) has just delivered 850,000 doses of meningitis vaccines to the Sokoto State government in a bid to tackle the outbreak of the disease in the state.

News also stated that at least 130 people lost their lives as a result of the outbreak of the scourge in the state.
The Chief, UNICEF Sokoto Zonal Office, Mr. Mohammad Mohiuddin, disclosed this on Wednesday, at a sensitization meeting with Muslim and Christian leaders, traditional rulers and education stakeholders in Sokoto.

He said the last batch of the Meningitis vaccines were brought from Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday and donated to the state, adding that UNICEF had provided N17 million in cash for logistics and social mobilization activities.

Early use of drugs increases a person’s chances of developing addiction.
Remember, drugs change brains and this can lead to addiction and other serious problems. So, preventing early use of drugs may go a long way in reducing these risks. If we can prevent young people from experimenting with drugs, we can prevent drug addiction.
Risk of drug abuse increases greatly during times of transition. For an adult, a divorce or loss of a job may lead to drug abuse; for a teenager, risky times include moving or changing schools.
In early adolescence, when children advance from elementary through middle school, they face new and challenging social and academic situations. Often during this period, children are exposed to abusable substances such as cigarettes and alcohol for the first time. When they enter high school, teens may encounter greater availability of drugs, drug use by older teens, and social activities where drugs are used.
The yearly increase in population of youths who abuse drugs has become a major problem to the society and even to the productivity of the Nigerian economy. Major accidents, Murders, Robberies, Suicides etc. are common problems drug and alcohol use have caused in our society. Over 90% of young people in Nigeria and the world in general experiment with drugs and related substances first in College/University first. This is a really troubling situation that should be looked into.
The Government is too busy looking for the barons and chasing peddlers that they have completely forgotten about the drug users themselves. In recent times, the youth ‘high’ is gotten from several synthetically made compounds that are available on campuses by hoodlums while the abuse of several supposedly prescribed drugs such as promethazine, tramadol and codeine is becoming so rampant among students wjich is steadily increasing at an alarming rate.
Awareness and sensitization programs like the Power Ball Tournament which is an inter-university football tournament advocating for the prevention of drug abuse in campuses urging young people to involve in sports rather than sitting and getting high to tackle depression or other social and educational issues they are facing.
We implore the government and other concerned agencies as well as private companies to take advantage of programs like the Power Ball Tournament to create the much needed awareness to curtail this vice from its root – campuses.

Urine test is a very common test that can be performed in many health-care settings, including doctors’ offices, urgent-care facilities, laboratories, and hospitals.

Urine test is very simple but can provide many useful information about various diseases and conditions. Some physicians refer to urinalysis as “a poor man’s kidney biopsy” because of the plethora of information that can be obtained about the health of the kidney or other internal diseases by this simple test.
A urine test that can reveal how healthy your meals are has been developed by UK scientists. They think it could be used to improve nutritional advice or in weight loss because people are notoriously bad at recording their own eating habits.functions of urine test -shaidysworldThe test, detailed in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, detects chemicals made as food is processed by the body.
The research team believe it could be widely available within two years.

The urine samples are analyzed to determine the structure of the chemicals floating around in it using a technique called a proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

This gives clues to both recent meals and long term dietary habits.
Gut health

The results of your body processing fruit, vegetables, fish and different types of meat leave a distinct signature in the urine.

Clues to the state of the body’s metabolism and gut health can also be detected by investigating the chemicals in it.

The test was developed by a collaboration between Imperial College London, Newcastle University and Aberystwyth University.

Dr Isabel Garcia-Perez, one of the researchers at Imperial, said: “This will eventually provide a tool for personalised dietary monitoring to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.

“We’re not at the stage yet where the test can tell us a person ate 15 chips yesterday and two sausages, but it’s on the way.”

In trials, around 60% of people either under or over report what they are eating.

Prof Gary Frost, another scientist at Imperial, said this could be the first independent test of what people munch on at home.

He told the BBC News website: “You can really tell whether someone’s been following a healthy diet or not.

“The bigger you are the more likely you are to under-report what you eat.

“People find it difficult to open up to what types of foods they eat at home, which is a major problem.”

The researchers believe the test results could help combat people’s obesity or risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes.

Prof Frost said: “If someone is very big and their profile says they’re eating lots of energy dense foods like meat, then you can try to change that profile and then test them again later.

“It remains to be seen, but people might respond better to that and there is a desperate need for tools to help people change their diet.”

He says doing the test on large numbers of people would build up a picture of what the nation was really eating, which could be used to design better public health campaigns.

The scientists were able to spot the difference between healthy and unhealthy diets after tests on 19 people who spent days eating a carefully controlled set of meals.

Four diets of varying degrees of healthiness were given to the patients and their urine was sampled morning, noon and night.

Dr Des Walsh, from the UK Medical Research Council, commented: “Though this research is still in its early stages, it’s grappling with essential methods in food and diet studies where advances are really needed.

“Measuring what we eat and drink more accurately will widen the benefits of nutrition research, developing better evidence-based interventions to improve an individual’s health and reduce obesity.”

 Cucumber is one of the most cultivated vegetable in the world and also known to be one of the best foods for your body’s overall health,  Cucumbers belong to the same plant family as squash, pumpkin, and watermelon.

Watermelon and Cucumbers are made up of mostly (95 percent) water, which means eating them on a hot summer day can help you stay hydrated. Plus,cucumbers can help you to avoid nutrient deficiencies with vitamin K, B vitamins, copper, potassium, vitamin C, and manganese. cucumbers contain unique polyphenols and other compounds that may help reduce your risk of chronic diseases and much, much more.

Why You Should Eat Cucumber Everyday

  1. Cucumber Support Heart Health – Heart is the muscle that pumps blood received from veins into arteries throughout the body. its the organ lying slightly to the left of the midline of the chest. The heart serves as a pump controlling the blood flow in two circuits, the pulmonary and the systemic.

 How Cucumber helps Your Heart

Cucumbers contain potassium, which  is necessary for the heart, kidneys, and other organs to work normally, Low potassium is associated with a risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, cancer, digestive disorders, and infertility. A proper balance of potassium both inside and outside your cells is crucial for your body to function properly.

As an electrolyte, potassium is a positive charged ion that must maintain a certain concentration (about 30 times higher inside than outside your cells) in order to carry out its functions, which includes interacting with sodium to help control nerve impulse transmission, muscle contraction, and heart function.

2. Reduce Your Risk of Cancer – Cancer is an abnormal growth of cells. There are more than 100 types of cancer, including breast cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and lymphoma. Symptoms vary depending on the type. Cancer treatment may include chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery.

How Cucumber Help Prevent Cancer

Cucumbers contain polyphenols called lignans (pinoresinol, lariciresinol, and secoisolariciresinol), which may help to lower your risk of breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers.3 They also contain phytonutrients called cucurbitacins, which also have anti-cancer properties.

“Scientists have already determined that several different signaling pathways (for example, the JAK-STAT and MAPK pathways) required for cancer cell development and survival can be blocked by activity of cucurbitacins.”

 

3. Manage Stress – Stress is a body’s method of reacting to a challenge. a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium,  According to the stressful event, the body’s way to respond to stress is by sympathetic nervous system activation which results in the fight-or-flight response.
Stress keeps us active and alert. But long-term, or “chronic stress,” can have detrimental effects on health. You may not be able to control the stressors in your world, but you can alter your reaction to them.

How Cucumber Help Control Stress

Cucumbers contain multiple B vitamins, including vitamin B1, vitamin B5, and vitamin B7 (biotin). B vitamins are known to help ease feelings of anxiety and buffer some of the damaging effects of stress.

 

4. Fight Inflammation – Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect us from infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses.
Symptoms of inflammation include: Redness, Joint pain, Joint stiffness and Loss of joint function.

-How Cucumber Help Fight Inflammation

Cucumbers may help to “cool” the inflammatory response in your body, and animal studies suggest that cucumber extract helps reduce unwanted inflammation, in part by inhibiting the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes (including cyclo-oxygenase 2, or COX-2).5

 

5. Protect Your Brain – Brain is an organ that serves as the center of the nervous system in all vertebrate and most invertebrate animals. human brain is the command center for the human nervous system. It receives input from the sensory organs and sends output to the muscles.

How Cucumber Help Protect Your Brain

Cucumbers contain an anti-inflammatory flavonol called fisetin that appears to play an important role in brain health. In addition to improving your memory and protecting your nerve cells from age-related decline,1 fisetin has been found to prevent progressive memory and learning impairments in mice with Alzheimer’s disease.

 

6. Support Your Digestive System – Digestive system is a group of organs working together to convert food into energy and basic nutrients to feed the entire body. Your digestive system is uniquely designed to turn the food you eat into nutrients, which the body uses for energy, growth and cell repair.

How Cucumber help Speed Up Digestion

Cucumbers are rich in two of the most basic elements needed for healthy digestion: water and fiber. Adding cucumbers to your juice or salad can help you meet the ideal of amount of fiber your body needs — 50 grams per 1,000 calories consumed. If you struggle with acid reflux, you should know that drinking water can help suppress acute symptoms of acid reflux by temporarily raising stomach pH; it’s possible that water-rich cucumbers may have a similar effect.

Cucumber skins contain insoluble fiber, which helps add bulk to your stool. This helps food to move through your digestive tract more quickly for healthy elimination.

Greatest part of marriage is child bearing which we know already. Like the bible says ” The children are the heritage of the Lord “. I am sure you didn’t believe I read my bible ?  Shame on you people. I am a staunch member of T.R.E.M. Akoka, a church owned by Bishop. Mike Okonkwo

That aside, After child bearing ladies always beat themselves up for the change of shape, loss of beauty, extra appetite but here are some simple ways to keep you on track.

Pregnancy changes a woman in many ways. Aside from experiencing the emotional challenges of growing a tiny person in her womb for 9 months, she will undergo physical changes in her body that may last for a while,sometimes forever. And while she sees these as but small sacrifices of motherhood, she will do anything to get her body back in shape. What can a woman do to lose weight after pregnancy?

1. Do Post-Natal Exercise
Want to get back your toned abs and perfect waist? A good post-natal exercise can help you return to your pre-pregnancy body weight faster. Post-natal exercises are usually simple exercises such as walking, water aerobics ( after your bleeding has stopped ) and light weight programs. It will also reduce back pain, leg cramps, constipation and improve your sleep. Exercise is also a good activity to improve your mood and cope with the various challenges of motherhood.

2. Give Your Body Time to Recuperate
Is it realistic or healthy to slim down right after pregnancy? The answer a big NO. Experts are strictly against diet programs or heavy exercise during post-pregnancy. Remember that your body is still in healing stage and you don’t want to rush things. You should give your body enough time to recuperate and restore normal processes. The healing stage can take up to 12 weeks or more, during this stage it’s important to avoid cutting calories and going into heavy exercises to lose weight.
3. Eat Right during Pregnancy
Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can pig out for 9 months. Don’t take the phrase ‘eating for two’ literally. According to experts, pregnant women should gain just about 15 to 35 pounds (or 6 to 15 kilograms) in the course of her pregnancy. She should also avoid too much fatty foods and sweets and get healthy alternatives for her cravings like fruits and vegetables.
Studies have found that mothers who eat too much during pregnancy increase the risk of low IQ, eating disorders and psychosis in children. It’s okay to indulge in your cravings but it’s better to exercise caution and listen to your body and know when it’s too much.

4. Breastfeed
Breastfeeding helps you shed some extra pounds that you may have gained during pregnancy. Babies who have been breastfed also tend to be healthier than those who haven’t. Since breastfeeding can make you lose about 300-500 calories a day, it’s quite important to eat extra calories during your breastfeeding period to maintain an appropriate and healthy diet.
However, just because you are breastfeeding doesn’t mean you can eat whatever you want. The best way to keep your weight in control is to have proper diet every day.

5. Get Plenty of Sleep
Babies have strange sleep cycles which make them oblivious to differences between day and night. They will doze off at odd times and become fully awake at the wee hours of the night. Sometimes they will sleep in short intervals ranging from 30 minutes to 4 hours. Because of this, a new mom may find it hard to rest. Not having proper sleep can upset your metabolism, making it twice harder to lose weight.

If you don’t have someone to take turns with you caring for the baby while you sleep, you can sleep at the same time your baby is sleeping. Even if your baby wakes up for short intervals, idle resting is a good way to keep your energy high throughout the day.

While mommy makeovers or post-pregnancy surgeries can promise a much faster shaping of your body, a good post-natal exercise is a lot safer.

As it’s summer and a lot of people are getting “beach ready” these days, here are a few words of encouragement for those that try hard but simply can’t seem to lose weight (as fast as they may like).

Deciding to lose weight – or to start exercising – is the easy part. Keeping it up week after week, month after month is where things get hard especially if you don’t see the results you want. I know, I have been through it myself. Over the years, guided by experts and determination, I have learned a few a few tips.

1. Some bodies simply lose weight slower
If you do not see results in the first few weeks, it doesn’t mean you are not losing weight. That was the lesson I learned, and even though annoying, there is nothing you can do except keep going.

2. Starting the day with a brief burst is a wonderful thing
Starting the day with a short energetic moment — climbing the stairs, that walk I just mentioned, or any other brief outing — is wonderful. It clears your mind, gets you going, and kickstarts your digestive system.

3. There are other benefits aside from weight loss
Even if you do not lose weight, there is always a benefit: you get fit. Daily exercise keeps you in great condition and you will feel healthier.

4. You can keep it fun
The worst thing you can do is choose something you don’t like simply because you think it’ll bring fast results. It won’t. You’ll do it for a week or two then give up. Choose something that works for you and that you can stick with.

5. Even walking is beneficial
Walking is key with slow burners. A short walk a day makes you happy and keeps your digestive system working.

6. You aren’t gaining weight
As long as you exercise, you are not gaining weight, which is a result in itself.

7. Variation is key
Don’t do the same exercises day in and day out. Your body will adapt to these exercises and will burn calories slower.

8. More is not always more
When you lose weight slowly, it is tempting to add more and more exercise in the hopes of losing weight faster. It does not work, it burns you out, and you’ll lose motivation. Think up a double exercise plan (preferably with the help of an expert) and stick to it.

9. You can check in with experts
If you feel you really should be losing more weight than you are, check with an expert to see if they can help you. Maybe you have been doing the wrong exercises – an expert can help you find what’s right for you.

10. Taking a day off is a good thing
Training non-stop all day every day is not good for your health, and could even lead to breaking down muscles instead of growing them. It is also mentally unhealthy to never have a day off. Your brain will enter a “there is no end to this” mode and you will start resenting exercise. Overtraining is harmful for the mind as well as the body. Take some time to rest and recover.

11. There will be results in the end
Like my friend once said ” I stuck to it, trained every day, and – despite not seeing results as quick as I hoped — found that one day my trousers kept sliding down. Then I found all my clothes were wider. Without even noticing, I had gone down several sizes. I stuck to it and eventually got results.”Patience, variation, finding the right exercises, and taking enough rest is what brings the best results for everyone. Remember: Exercising is about getting fit and healthy. As long as you achieve that, the rest will take care of itself.

I know I said 10 but couldn’t help but chip in the last one because that’s the most beautiful part of exercising. There will always be results.

You can actually help your skin along the road to clarity through your diet. What you put in your body reflects how it looks on the outside, after all. To keep blemishes at bay, try incorporating the following foods into your diet. Your skin will be glowing and clear in no time.

1. Almonds
What we actually call fruit tree is packed with vitamin E, almonds can help you maintain healthy skin. While chowing down on these nuts can’t replace sunscreen, it’s worth noting that vitamin E may also protect the skin from damage caused by the sun.

2. Oily fish like salmon or tuna
Eating fish provides your body with biotin, a B vitamin that, among its many functions, produces fatty acids and metabolizes amino acids ( the building blocks of protein). A deficiency of biotin can cause, among other things, scaly skin which, clearly, no one wants.

3. Orange juice
Orange Juice provides fluids to keep you hydrated and Vitamin C, which works as an antioxidant to protect skin and other cells from damage caused by free radicals in the environment and in the body. Vitamin C also helps create collagen, the body’s main structural protein4. Chia seeds
Omega-3 fatty acids help maintain cell membranes by protecting the skin and providing it with moisture. Chia seeds and walnuts are rich in these fatty acids (great choices if you’re a vegetarian), as are wild bison and oily fish (great options if you’re a meat-eater).

5. Sweet potatoes
Eating a produce-rich diet provides your body with lots of water, keeping your skin and other cells adequately hydrated and loading up on colourful, deeply-colored fruits and vegetables especially those rich in vitamin A, like sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach — has been shown to enhance skin colour and appearance by increasing its yellowness and redness.

6. Sunflower seeds
These little seeds provide an excellent source of vitamin E and help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals in the environment and in the body ( free radicals in excess can harm body cells, including skin cells).

7. Water
Yes, if you don’t know water adds to balance diet, a person that drinks enough water is bound to glow regardless of his/her skin colour. Drink lots of Water today and be fine.

If you have had an extremely busy and long day, and you are finally free to eat at about 11pm, maybe, of course, it makes sense that you would want to gulp down a heavy meal to assuage the persisting hunger no matter how late in the day it is. Eating late at night is not a complete no-no as it is important to eat when you are hungry; you just have to be smart about it.

Contrary to popular belief, eating late at night does not necessarily make you add weight nor does it have any negative health implications. Eating the wrong foods with the wrong number of calories is what brings on all the extra weight and most times disrupts your sleep.

Are you visiting or currently living in Nigeria and you have the habit of eating late at night? Rather than just opting for the nearest, tastiest-looking Nigerian food, take a look at a list of 5 Nigerian foods to avoid late at night.

1. Ewa Agoyin
A meal made of beans paired with a spicy sauce made with Palm oil and dried crushed chilies, Ewa agoyin is very tasty but a horrible option for late-night snacking or eating.Not only can it trigger heartburn, as well as upset your stomach, it can totally sabotage a day of good eating and actually keep you from going to sleep.

2. Pepper soup
A favorite Nigerian meal usually served with rice or yam as a side, pepper soup seems to be the perfect meal for times you are hungry at night as it is perceived as a light meal, but you may actually want to step away from it when you are craving something to eat late at night. The pepper soup contains certain spices and peppers that may upset your stomach and chemicals that can also stimulate your senses, making it hard to fall asleep.

3. Amala and Ewedu
A food famous in the western region of the country, Amala and Ewedu is almost a staple on the menu of most Nigerian restaurants. While the soup is made with vegetable and spices, Amala is made with yam powder. They both form an appetizing combo, however, can be unfavorable to your stomach when consumed late in the night. Although the meal digests very easily, compared to other yam-based meals, it is urine inducing and can bring a lot of interruptions and discomfort to your sleep

4. Agege Bread
This would be easy to buy off of the streets if you getting back late and you know you would not have the energy to cook or microwave any major meal when you get home because it would be too late already. While Agege bread would be satisfying when eaten with tea, mayonnaise or butter late in the night, it contains a lot of carbohydrate and sugar that spikes up your blood sugar levels, causing your energy levels to spike and plummet, disrupting your sleep in the process. There is also a chance that you will likely wake up starving a few hours later or in the morning due to the overproduction of insulin the sugar triggers.

5. Fries (yam, potatoes, akara)
If you have had dinner by 7 pm and you are still awake by 12pm and you are hungry, you may want to indulge in light finger food. The go to would be fried yam, plantain , potatoes or even akara. While this food may seem like a light meal, they actually are not. They are greasy heavy foods! They weigh on your stomach and take a while to digest, leaving you feeling tired and sluggish in the morning. Also, they do more harm to your sleep than good. You may have to deal with stomach pains, cramps, abdominal bloating, heartburn, and acid reflux, resulting in poor sleep quality.