Nigerians have been advised to use plantain flour as healthier options to wheat and cassava flour for baking.
The National President of the Concerned Youth Empowerment Association of Nigeria (CYEAN), Mr Noble Adaelu, who made the call said Nigerians are yet to tap from the enormous nutritional value of plantain.
He said Plantains are so versatile and nutritious; if you are looking for flour alternative, then, look no further because you can make pizza, chips, bread, dessert and many more from plantain flour.
He added that the demand is on the increase due to more awareness of its health benefits as it is rich in iron, vitamins A, B, C, magnesium and phosphorus.
Mr. Adaelu gave the nutritional value to include its high resistant starch which helps to make people slimmer and healthier, they are diuretic and can help prevent ulcer, kidney and bladder problems and are essential for healthy pregnancy”.
Adaelu said plantain flour technology is completely indigenous Andes currently being commercialised by Nocon Plantain Foods Limited could save foreign exchange for the country.
He projected that the technology would employ 500 professional/non-professional youths for a start in every state of the federation.
The president, therefore, urged youths to venture into plantain cultivation to meet the increasing demand of raw material.
Source: Voice of Nigeria