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Diabetes …Akwa Ibom State University students to the rescue

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The greatest challenge faced by diabetic patients in Nigeria is what kind of food they can eat that will not raise their blood glucose level especially considering the fact that most of the staple food consumed by Nigerians contain a very high level of carbohydrate.

Eating or drinking garri more than once a day could potentially and easily send a diabetic patient into “diabetic coma” due to hyperglycemia, if the person is unaware of the damage this kind of food can cause.
Mr. Udauk Michael Udoh
Diabetic patients have variously been advised to make concerted efforts to stay away from eating or drinking garri; but the question is, what other food and source of carbohydrate do we have available to them as a substitute? 

The answer to the above poser forms the background of the work embarked upon by 2 students of Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU).

Challenged by the afore-mentioned problem, Mr. Udauk Michael Udoh, an AK14 graduating AKSU student from the department of Genetics and Bio-Technology and Mr. Westgarth Emem (AK17) recently embarked on some further research work on Cassava.  They hydrolyzed the sugar content (carbohydrate) that is present in processed cassava (garri). This enabled them to get a finished garri that could be readily consumed by diabetic patients.
Mr. Westgarth Emem
In the course of their garri processing work, they also ensured that proteinous enzymes (amino acids) were added to the product, so as to increase its body-building ability.  The finished product contains little or no particles and this is intended among other things, to help reduce the prevalence of kidney stones in Nigeria.

Both of the students are currently processing the registration of their finished product with the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration & Control (NAFDAC) before they commence the marketing and distribution of the product across the country. The product brand name is "Wes Nutritious Flour".

In the course of their research work, the duo made use of processing equipment such as: Weighing Balance, Washing machine, Presser Grater, Granulator, Sieve, Fryers, Hammer, milling machine, among others.

Garri is a creamy-white, granular flour with a slightly fermented flavor and a slightly sour taste made from fermented, gelatinized fresh cassava tubers. Garri is widely known in Nigeria and other West African countries.

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