Fonio is one of the premier African superfoods and holds an honored place in West African
culture. Nutritionally, it rivals any of your favorite grains! Quinoa and rice don’t stand a chance
next to this super food!
There are two types, white fonio (Digitaria exilis) and black fonio (Digitaria iburua). Both types of
fonio are a variety of millet grain. Full of nutrition, fonio is exactly what you need to feed
your body with nutrients!
Health Benefits of Fonio
A great source of energy, fonio is rich in carbohydrates and protein. However, unlike many
grains, fonio is gluten free! This energy food is high in fiber and promotes digestive
health. Additionally, fonio also aids cardiovascular health. Both white and black fonio have
small seeds and are generally consumed in whole form. Research indicates that consuming
whole grain reduces the risk of cardiovascular disorders, including heart disease and stroke.
Great for diabetics, fonio has a low glycemic index. This means that it’s nutrients are
absorbed by the body slowly, and it’s effect on blood sugar are gradual. Fonio has also been
shown to have insulin secreting properties and aids the body in controlling blood sugar levels in
body. Not to mention low glycemic index foods can help the body reduce food cravings while
providing the necessary energy to make it through the day!
Fonio provides a rich source of:
● Dietary Fiber
● Amino Acids (Methionine and Cysteine)
Uses of White Fonio
● Culinary Use: Fonio is the smallest in the millet family and can be used in place of other
grains in stir-fries, baking, salads, side dishes and even pasta. Fonio can also be
used as a nutrient-dense breakfast cereal. The possibilities are endless!
● Beer: Fonio grain can be used to brew beers!
At Naturalike, we source all of our fonio directly from the finest farms in Nigeria. We form
close relationships with local Nigerian farmers to ensure that we are providing you with the
100% natural goodness and high quality products that we have become known to deliver. Enjoy!