List of Ghanaian food for diabetics…foods for diabetic patients in Ghana. Is banku, waakye, kenkey, kokonte, Tuo and Zaafi good for diabetics?

Ghana has had its fair share of people living with diabetes milletus. Diabetics in Ghana and all parts of the are usually told to watch what they eat…most Ghanaian doctors and endocrinologists will always tell their diabetic patients to eat Ghanaian foods with low Glycemic Index, that is, foods that will not make your sugar shot up to the extent that it becomes a problem. I want to write on Ghanaian foods that are good for diabetics while also trying to answer the following questions from Google.

“Is kenkey good for diabetics”

“Is kokonte good for diabetic patient”

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“Non carbohydrate foods in Ghana”

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Let us talk about Healthy Ghanaian Diabetic Foods:

These are the most important foods and herbs permitted and recommended for patients with diabetes type 1 and type 2 :

Below are the:

List of Ghanaian food for diabetics

The following should make up the Ghanaian Dishes for Diabetic Patients:


Fatty fish is one of the most important healthy foods generally found in the world! As it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids in addition to other acids important for health, examples of fatty fish: salmon, anchovy, mackerel, and for sure the shrimp
Eating these fish and seafood regularly helps a diabetic to keep his disease under control and protect his blood vessels, thus providing the necessary protection for the heart and circulatory system.


Eating eggs regularly helps reduce the chances of heart disease, especially for diabetics, and consuming eggs regularly helps reduce bad cholesterol in the body.


Broccoli is considered one of the superfoods and wonderful in terms of its nutritional value, as each half cup of broccoli contains approximately 27 calories and large proportions of various nutrients, such as vitamin C and magnesium.
Studies have found that broccoli helps lower insulin levels in the body and protects cells from free radicals.


The many benefits of garlic are not hidden from anyone, and garlic in particular helps:
-Reducing any kind of inflammation spreading in the body.
-Lowering blood sugar and reducing bad cholesterol as well.
-Lowering high blood pressure.


Strawberries are one of the types of nutritious fruits that are not only delicious, but they are rich in many important nutrients as well! Rich in important antioxidants, it also helps improve blood sugar levels and reduce bad cholesterol levels.
Therefore, eating strawberries regularly helps control blood sugar and helps protect against heart disease as well.


Nuts are one of the most nutritious and delicious foods. Different types of nuts contain high levels of fiber, such as almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts, and pistachios. Various studies have found that consuming nuts on a regular basis helps lower blood sugar levels and lower bad cholesterol in the body. For example, one study found that eating 30 grams of walnuts daily for a full year helped some people lose excess weight and improve their insulin levels.


Leafy greens are not only poor in calories but also rich in various wonderful nutrients. And most leafy vegetables are high in vitamin C and antioxidants. Some studies have found that foods rich in vitamin C are especially helpful in lowering blood sugar. Examples of these leafy vegetables are kale, Ugu, spinach etc.


African yam, water yam or just yam have lower GI and perfect for diabetics.

And one other thing…Is banku, waakye, kenkey, kokonte, Tuo and Zaafi good for diabetics?

It is true that Ghanaian foods are high in carbohydrates just like other African countries. The Ghanaian staple and commonly consumed foods are the widely consumed fufu, banku, Ga Kenkey, kokonte, waakye, and Tuo Zaafi. These Ghanaian foods have low to moderate Glycemic Index and are therefore good for diabetic patients but should be eaten with moderation. Banku consumption by diabetic persons should be closely moderated because it has high Glycemic Index. The reason given for the Banku high GI was the combination of the cassava dough and maize.

List of Ghanaian food for diabetics
Tilapia fish soup and fufu eaten with moderation is good for diabetics.

PS: High Glycemic Index (GI) foods rapidly affect blood sugar, while low GI foods have a slow digestion and absorption, and produce a more gradual rise in blood sugar. Below 55 is considered low GI. So the lower it is, the better and the higher it is, the faster it affects blood sugar.

READ ALSO; Nigerian diabetic diet

This article on the list of Ghanaian food for diabetics was sourced from:

Dr Udomoh

Doctors’ Planet


  1. Hello Doctor , Great to have you , Please if i may asked which type of supplement is good for diabetic patient Thank you

  2. Please doctor am diabetic,I have been taking metformin but always my sugars are up. Am currently on admission and have been given goes down and up .if I eat I shot up greatly looking like the insulin is also not helping.what can I do to manage it’s affecting my system.kindly help me


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