Maggi seasoning is possibly the number one
ingredient in every West African household used
by generations as a cooking companion; you
probably couldn’t imagine life without it. I mean,
you’ve grown up cooking with it all your life so
how bad can it really be?
Maggi cubes are added as an ingredient to
almost every dish and there’s no denying that it
contains all the flavour that make your dishes
I decided to explore each of the ingredients in Maggi cube. Let’s
dive in and see what’s inside:
Flavour Enhancers (Monosodium Glutamate,
Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate)
Vegetable Fat (Palm)
Hydrolysed Soya Beans
Colour (Ammonia Caramel)
Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin)
Spice Extracts (White Pepper, Chilli, Clove)
Use of Maggi as a flavor enhancer is widespread across
Africa for many
different African recipes. These cubes,
which have no nutritive value have
grossly taken the place of many
fermented seeds and products that once
added much variety, flavor, and
nutritive value to our African foods.
Fermentation of seeds like ogiri(sesame
seeds) and iru(african locust bean),
though still done, may soon be a lost art.
Using fermented seeds as food flavoring
in soups and other recipes has many
more benefits than use of your typical
Maggi cube. Research shows that
fermentation of these seeds increases the
protein content, mineral and vitamin
content, and increases the digestibility of
the carbohydrates found in the seeds.
Thus, addition of these fermented
products into our food, would increase
the nutritive value of our foods.
In contrast, Maggi cubes and similar
products, add no nutritive value to our
foods, but also actually decreased
the healthfulness of our foods.
Three primary ingredients in these products
are salt, monosodium glutamate(MSG),
and hydrogenated oil(trans fat). All three
of these ingredients have been found to
negatively effect health by research.
TV and Radio adverts have also made stars out
of the users of these products without taking
cognizance to health risks of their consumption.
Of the above list, three ingredients are major;
these are Salt, Monosodium Glutamate (MSG),
and Hydrogenated palm oil or Trans fat.
It is no longer news that excess salt in a diet is
one of the major causes of high blood pressure;
this is the reason why patients that are
diagnosed of the disease are made to refrain
Can Maggi cube lead to high blood pressure, the
answer is simply yes. Since it has been
established that one of the major ingredients of
Maggi cube is salt, and to make the matter
worse, many women usually add several cubes to
their cooking with additional salt.
It is therefore an established fact that most high
blood pressure in the country can be traced to
consumption of excess salt derived partly from
Also, it should be noted that medical research
has linked MSG the occurrence of asthma,
obesity, cancer among many others.
It is also believed that MSG can cause headache,
tingling, numbness, general weakness, and
muscle tightness when consumed in excess.
This is the reason why so many people feel
weak and worn out when they consume a meal
with excess cubes of Maggi.
Although the exact amount of MSG in one packet
of Maggi is not known, MSG is known to cause
neurological problems, headache and
inflammation in the liver. It also increases your
risk of metabolic syndrome and obesity and also
lowers your appetite.
Finally, Trans fat is a sure way to develop
coronary heart disease, which is a hardening and
narrowing of arteries that supply blood to the
This become possible due to the ability of
trans fats to increase LDL(bad) cholesterol and
decrease HDL(good) cholesterol in our blood
The aftermath of the increase in bad cholesterol
is an eventual narrowing and blockage of the
arteries that supply blood to the heart thereby
leading to stroke or heart attack.
How do you control this potential health risk
It all boils down to proportion.Use a little proportion. Its a Little tricky,
but its likely the best solution.
You can eat Maggi occasionally – once in 15
days (in the case of adults). But avoid eating it
daily as it doesn’t have any health benefits.
You can alternatively use natural local
Dry and grind garlic , ginger , crayfish and yere (a substance used for making locust beans ) together . Use a little bit of the grinded substance in food instead of maggi coupled with a little salt. Try this and you will surely enjoy your meal .