It is one of the most hygienic and healthy foods ever you can find every afternoon in Ghana, affordable and satisfying – but with an unappealing name: “Kofi Broke Man”, which literally means the food of the poor. I am referring to ripe roasted plantain.
Oral tradition has it that ripe roasted plantain, very renowned as “Kofi Broke Man”, is meant for the empty pocket. It is startling, from this background, to see people presumably rich, and not “broke” at the joints where it is sold. Does that mean the managers, and all the top people, who, if they don’t go by themselves, send subordinates of theirs to buy, are also “broke”?
As the anticipated answer remains with you, another question is: did you know one “Kofi Broke Man” per a serving has 121.3 calories, which constitutes about 4.85% of the daily 2500 calories every average man needs, and zero cholesterol? In nutrition, calories simply mean the unit of energy that comes from the food we eat. It is important to note that the proper balance of calories a person has, determines his or her overall health. Although the number of calories needed daily differs for everybody, according to health experts, the calories we burn should be equally replaced. This is called calorific balance. Where calories are burnt but their replenishment through the food we eat is unequal, this creates an imbalance which is unhealthy. According to food.com, roasted plantain, in addition to the 121.3 calories it contains, also has 31.5g of carbohydrates. As if that is not enough; it also has some quantity of protein to wholly make your diet a balanced one, though only 1.2g – constituting 2% of what is needed daily, it is of great value to dietary. Roasted ripe plantain has all these benefits to add to your health at a low cost.
Outlining the nutritional values of ripe roasted plantain to you, it should also be emphasized that it should be eaten while hot, for full health benefits. The circa 350 degrees of heat which the food undergoes continuously throughout preparation ensures that every germ will be killed. Waiting to eat it cold, this article cannot vouch for the absence of germs; hence, the advice to eat it while hot.
We eat the so-called better and rich foods, which are all nutritionally nil in content; but are potential rotund belly makers and obesity aiders. The majority of people’s eating habits leave much to desire. The collective reason that people with bad eating habits give is “I don’t have time… I am very busy”. Instead of eating one fatty meat pie and a bottle of sugar filled beverages for lunch in the name of said excuse, a free advice to you is: find a ripe roasted plantain, coupled with groundnut, and you will have a balanced diet, for eating “Kofi Broke Man” does not mean that you are “broke”.
Much is spent on unhealthy foods; but just GH₵ 1 can do it all. How much do you have left in your pocket? Ripe roasted plantain is not expensive; that GH₵ 1 or even-GH₵0.50 you may not regard can buy you a sure healthy food. Knowing this, why worry to borrow to add up to what you claim is not enough to buy a certain fried, oily and artificially spiced food, which is a dependable contributor to your high cholesterol level when “Kofi Broke Man” is cholesterol free?
It will shock you that people drive close to an hour to certain locations for lunch, only to go and eat a special junk food and return to work exhausted after driving and possibly as a result of the inability of the junk food to digest. Ripe roasted plantain digests faster and would not take interest in wasting your fuel – for it can be found nearer to your office and anywhere you are located. With “Kofi Broke Man” you don’t need to drive far.
I am sure you are now convinced that “Kofi Broke Man” does not deserve the perception category you placed it in. It is about time to change our attitudes of belittling things that are of low prices but high potential. It is biblically written that for lack of knowledge my people perish. We should find out about things before we hurriedly judge and condemn.