Growing up in my beloved country Nigeria exposed me to the realization that a meal no matter how good looking or nutritious is never complete without a proteinous delicacy like meat, egg, fish, chicken, turkey, beef, goat meat, snails etc. I grew up eating most of the above listed but one that always escaped my reach was cow hide/skin popularly called ponmo. We didn’t eat it at home so from an early age wasn’t interested in it until sometime this year when I decided to experiment with it and there has been no turning back ever since. It’s simply delicious.
A Nigerians meal plate is never really complete without that sumptuous looking and tasting delicacy called ponmo but as eager as I was to eat ponmo, I was even more eager to find out its nutritional benefits. The findings birthed this article.
WARNING: If you are a lover of ponmo, you are advised by the writer to discontinue reading this article because the revelations below might dampen your appetite for ponmo.
Ponmo is processed from cow skin/hide, the same skin used as raw material in the production of goods like shoes, bags and belts. In a report titled “Nigeria Eats Its Show Leather” written by Sam Olukoya for BBC News, the writer quoted Dr. Samuel Achi as saying that “ponmo eaters have decided to walk on bare feet because they have decided to eat their own shoes in their pots”.
Another revelation about ponmo is that as beautiful as it looks and as delicious as it tastes, it has no nutritional benefits and I mean none at all.
The nutritional analysis of a 100g piece of ponmo is:
Calories (300g); Total fat (4g); Saturated fat (1g); Mono saturated fat (0g); Cholesterol (0g); Sodium (0mg); Potassium (0mg); Proteins (0 percent); Calcium (0 percent); Iron (0 percent).
The nutritional analysis of a 100g piece of beef is:
Calories (250g); Total fat (18g); Saturated fat (6g); Mono saturated fat (3g); Cholesterol (60g); Sodium (57mg); Potassium (228mg); Proteins (15g); Calcium (3 percent); Iron (9 percent).
The nutritional analysis of a 100g piece of chicken breast is:
Calories (110g); Total fat (5g); Saturated fat (3g); Mono saturated fat (2g); Cholesterol (0g); Sodium (63mg); Potassium (220mg); Proteins (20g); Calcium (3 percent); Iron (9 percent).
From the above findings, its evident that ponmo lacks any nutritional benefits at all (no protein, no calcium, no iron, no potassium). All ponmo does is look sumptuous and taste good without adding any benefits to the body. This is the same ideology that many girls bring into a relationship. Girls nowadays are more concerned with looking good than improving themselves. So you find a stunning looking girl who lacks moral standards and is virtually empty upstairs. A girl who is more preoccupied with what she will get from a man not what she will add to him.
Ladies, its time to add value, leave the ponmo league and play in the meat/chicken league. Make something of yourself. Let that man
meat meet you busy, adding value and making an impact and he will appreciate you more. Don’t be a liability, be an asset.
Toast to the value adding chicks around, those studying to improve themselves, those making a name for themselves, working hard to make ends meet themselves, those opening their minds not their legs. Let’s drive these ponmo chicks outta town.
1. The article isn’t written to single out Nigerian women, even white girls could behave like ponmo but they don’t understand what ponmo means hence the writer’s insistence on using Nigerian girls as the title of the piece.
2. Men could also behave like ponmo but girls are more prone to such behaviors hence the concentration on them.
3. The writer also seeks to point out the detrimental effects of eating just ponmo as a source of protein because it contains no protein. Enjoy your ponmo but make sure to use it to compliment your meat/fish/snail not replace them.
References (Read Further):
Prevention is better than cure on PunchNG. Click to READ
Ponmo (Cow Skin): What you need to know on Dammybas.blogspot.com. Click to READ
Nutrients in Ponmo on MyFitnessPal. Click to READ
Nigeria eats its own leather on BBC. Click to READ