Discover the traditional fermented beverage that's capturing hearts across Southern Africa! Mahewu, also known as mageu or amahewu, is a gluten-free and dairy-free drink made from fermented corn. Learn about its origins, how it's prepared at home or bought commercially, and its health benefits, including being a source of energy, easy-to-digest carbohydrates, probiotics, and fiber.

Mahewu benefits 

1. Energy source due to carbohydrates.

2. Easy digestion from fermented corn.

3. Probiotics for gut health.

4. Fiber content for overall wellness.

Ingredients for Mahewu:

1. 2 cups of cornmeal.

2. 4 cups of water.

3. ¼ cup of sugar.

4. ½ teaspoon of salt.

5. 1 teaspoon of yeast (optional).

Preparation method:

1. In a large bowl, mix the cornmeal and water until you get a smooth mixture.

2. Place the bowl in a warm place for 24-48 hours to ferment the mixture. You can use yeast to speed up the fermentation process.

3. After fermenting, strain the mixture using a sieve to get a smooth liquid.

4. Add sugar and salt to the strained liquid and mix well until dissolved.

5. Chill the Mahewu in the refrigerator before serving.

6. Serve the Mahewu cold and enjoy its delicious taste.

Important notes:

- You can add milk or powdered milk to Mahewu to enhance its flavor.

- It's best to serve Mahewu cold, especially on hot summer days.

- You can store Mahewu in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days, but it's best consumed as soon as possible to maintain its quality.


Nutrition Value

1. Cornmeal (2 cups):

  - Calories: Approximately 720 calories

  - Carbohydrates: About 148 grams

  - Protein: Around 16 grams

  - Fat: About 8 grams

  - Sodium: Negligible (depends on brand and added salt)

  - Cholesterol: None

  - Vitamins and minerals: Contains vitamin B6, niacin, thiamine, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc.

  - Nutritional benefits: Cornmeal is rich in carbohydrates, provides essential nutrients like B vitamins, and is a good source of energy.

2. Water (4 cups):

  - Calories: 0 calories

  - Carbohydrates: 0 grams

  - Protein: 0 grams

  - Fat: 0 grams

  - Sodium: 0 milligrams

  - Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

  - Vitamins and minerals: Water is essential for hydration but does not provide significant nutrients.

  - Nutritional benefits: Water is vital for various bodily functions, including hydration, digestion, and temperature regulation.

3. Sugar (¼ cup):

  - Calories: Approximately 194 calories

  - Carbohydrates: About 50 grams

  - Protein: 0 grams

  - Fat: 0 grams

  - Sodium: 0 milligrams

  - Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

  - Vitamins and minerals: No significant vitamins or minerals

  - Nutritional benefits: Sugar provides quick energy but should be consumed in moderation due to its high calorie and carbohydrate content.

4. Salt (½ teaspoon):

  - Calories: 0 calories

  - Carbohydrates: 0 grams

  - Protein: 0 grams

  - Fat: 0 grams

  - Sodium: Approximately 1168 milligrams

  - Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

  - Vitamins and minerals: Contains sodium

  - Nutritional benefits: Salt enhances flavor but should be used sparingly as excessive sodium intake can lead to health issues like high blood pressure.

5. Yeast (1 teaspoon, optional):

  - Calories: Approximately 6 calories

  - Carbohydrates: About 1 gram

  - Protein: 1 gram

  - Fat: 0 grams

  - Sodium: 0 milligrams

  - Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

  - Vitamins and minerals: Contains B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B9) and minerals like selenium, iron, and zinc.

  - Nutritional benefits: Yeast is a source of B vitamins and can contribute to a healthy immune system and energy production.

These values are approximate and may vary based on specific brands and preparation methods.

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