Why Nigerians shouldn’t eat jollof rice all the time

January 23rd 2023, 2:40:54 pm

If there is one meal Nigerians love, it is Jollof rice.

Jollof Rice with Stew is a everyday of the week meal [Wikipedia]

Jollof rice is meal that can be eaten on every occasion - Christmas, New Year, Burial, wedding, child dedication, and birthdays, you name it. It can even be eaten every day of the week from Mondays to Fridays, but is that healthy?

Even though jollof rice contains magnesium, zinc and other nutrients that keep it healthy, there are some detrimental effects of eating too much jollof.

One of the ways Nigerians get into a pitfall is by eating the same high calorie rice every day. There are many kinds of rice with different tastes. Switching up the type of rice you eat not only helps your taste buds, but it is also beneficial to your health.

This is because it has high calorie content which leads to weight gain and obesity. The lack of fiber and the fact that it isn’t so filling makes people consume more and more jollof rice which in turn leads to weight gain.


It is not healthy for those with diabetes to eat jollof rice. There are healthier types of rice that Nigerians do not know about, the kind which we eat here has such high carbs and sugars, that it is a no no for a diabetic.

Eating a lot of jollof rice can also cause constipation, especially when there are vegetables eaten alongside, this is because of a lack of fiber.

So even though jollof rice is much loved, one must be careful not to eat too much of it.

Temi Iwalaiye
Temi Iwalaiye is a lifestyle Reporter at Pulse. She loves to write - about anything and everything.


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