If Instagram hashtags like #foodporn have taught us anything, it is that food is not just fuel for our bodies. Food carries not just nutritional value, it also helps with some of our psychological needs. Generally, good food is highly therapeutic, Nigerian food though, is on another level.
The interesting thing about Nigerian food is that the process of making it is as good a therapy as eating it. Whether you’re in or out of the country, Nigerian food is almost as good as a loyal friend when you’re going through a traumatic period. People talk about the way food makes them happy but have you ever looked into the eyes of a man devouring a plate of Fufu with egusi, stew and large pieces of goat meat? Well, I have and it’s the face of a man in love. Whether it is yam and palm oil or plantain and beans, Nigerian food has its way of easing your stress and making you relaxed.
Apart from scented baths, chocolate or going on with your routine, one of the ways to go through heartbreak is by eating healthy and delicious food, and what better way is there to describe Nigerian food? You have a variety of food at your service- eat up, get some good sleep and you will be back in the dating market before you know it. Who knows? You may even meet ‘the one’ through food. Heartbreaks are nerve-wracking but when you know there’s a hot pot of Jollof rice waiting to receive all the love you have to offer, you will feel much better.
“Studies have shown that adding tryptophan – one of the building blocks of protein – to the diets of people with depression can improve their mood.”
There is no way you can eat a bowl of any Nigerian soup without having at least one type of protein, not forgetting the amazing taste and texture that is enough to give anyone an inner glow.
Nigerian food creates strong friendships and fosters companionship which is what you need when you’re depressed or lonely. Try sitting in the midst of young people talking about the various ‘swallows’ and all the types of soup they have tasted like Gbegiri, White soup, Egusi, Eforiro, and Miyan Kuka.
We have so many different cultures in this country and food is one of the few things that can bring different people from different cultures and upbringings together, making us into one big food family.