Ponmo Health Benefits
Ponmo does not have much in terms of nutritive value, however, its soft and succulent texture makes it a much valued food in most Nigerian homes.
It is a major food item in most Nigerian soups/ stews and sauces. It is available in wet and dry form.
What is ponmo?
Cow skin, locally called ponmo, is a favourite beef part enjoyed as a side dish, snack and condiment in south-western Nigeria.
It is inexpensive and, perhaps for this reason, very common in restaurants and eateries.
Buyers look out for either soft or thick skin for their crunchiness.
How many calories in ponmo
A 100g of boiled, thick cow skin contains about 224.65kcal of energy, 6.80g of carbohydrate, about 43.9g of water, 46.9g of protein, 1.09g of fat, and 0.02g of fibre.
For micronutrients, it contains small amounts of calcium (61mg), iron (4.3mg), magnesium (12mg), phosphorus (36mg) and Zinc (6.79mg)
Although, the skin has low nutritional value when compared to other protein sources products .
It doesn’t contain any of the essential amino acids, it contains a lot of collagen which is the most abundant protein in our bodies.
Because our bodies produce collagen, it is not essential that we must eat collagen for growth.
However, as we grow older, our ability to produce collagen reduces leading us to have wrinkles.”
It is highly recommended to soak and thoroughly your ponmo to reduce the level of some contaminants.
It is best to remove the hair and boil it properly before consumption.
Ponmo is good for loosing weight, that is unique with this kind of food.
However, it should not be a replacement for great sources of complete protein such as beef and fish,.
After all, Nigerians love their ponmo / cow skin, despite the controversy surrounding it,