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Acha (Fonio) – Nigerian food for weight loss








Acha also known as ‘hungry rice’  (or Fonio in Europe, Digitaria exilis) is one food very common in the northern part of Nigeria. This enriched grain is so full of nutrients and very good for weight loss. An added advantage is that it has low glycemic index, thus making it favorable for diabetics.

100g of Acha has about 360cal made up mainly of fiber (carbohydrates) and proteins. it is rich in essential amino acids and phosphorus too.

Acha can be eaten as pudding like oats, or porridge, or in swallow form like eba.

It’s versatility is amazing and the fact that is not greatly appreciated is saddening.


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Now the only challenge is usually in the washing. Since acha is mixed with sand, you have to wash it like olden days local rice. With plastic bowls and water.  Your spirit will minister to you if you washed it well, and it’s sand less. My advice, pray before washing. Lest you be eating sandy porridge.

So if you are in search of healthy grain alternatives in Nigeria, go for our own produce. It’s cheaper than bulgur, quinoa and jasmine rice. You don’t have to rob a bank to eat healthy.

Have you tried acha before?  How do you like it?



  • Onyii

    November 7, 2015., 2:32 pm / Reply

    I know acha(was born and breed in the North). But how can one find it in port harcourt??. I know how to use it in different ways.

    • uchay

      November 8, 2015., 6:03 pm / Reply

      U can way bill a reasonable portion of it 4rm d north

  • Cynthia

    November 8, 2015., 12:25 pm / Reply

    It's just d washing dats d issue.

    • Dr chinasa

      November 8, 2015., 6:34 pm / Reply


  • Cynthia

    November 8, 2015., 12:28 pm / Reply

    It's just d washing dats d issue

  • Nikky

    November 15, 2015., 3:08 pm / Reply

    I love Archa in form of porridge and as swallow,its nutritious and very filling,thanks Doc for helping with the calorific content,also u can get packaged Archa the one that is already washed in most of the northern markets especiaĺly in jos.

  • Sheri A. Kyari

    May 31, 2017., 4:51 pm / Reply

    Just about to start Acha import to Lagos from the North. We also will work with farmers to ensure the thrashing process is done on tarpaulin. This will eliminate the issue of sand due to thrashing on the bare ground. Acha is recommended for Diabetes and those wishing to lose weight.

    • Boluwatife

      August 28, 2018., 10:28 am / Reply

      Please mail me on let's talk on what you posted here.

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