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The mother of all fufus in Vancouver, Canada

17 April 2018 at 18:15 | 3423 views

From Charles Quist-Adade, our correspondent in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Fufu, the widely popular West African staple, is being given a nutritional “facelift,” literally. Dembaako Multigrain Fufuopa is a healthy substitute to the traditional carbohydrate-rich and high calorie fufu.

Dembaako Multigrain Fufuo is the latest of the innovative ways to make the popular staple change with the times and remove the tedious and cumbersome nature in processing the food.

But Dembaako goes beyond that. Produced by the New Westminster (Canada)-based Dembaako Foods Ltd, Dembaako Multi-Grain Fufuopa ® Meal contains a proprietary blend of dehydrated potatoes, flax seed, pumpkin seed protein flour, quinoa, guar gum and milled oats.

“Dembaako Foods Ltd is a food innovation company that manufactures and distributes Dembaako Multi-Grain Fufuopa ® Meal. Dembaako Multi-Grain Fufuopa ® Meal is owned by husband and wife Alex and Dora Bemepong of New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada

The vision of the company is to provide innovative, healthy and delicious food alternatives to your table without sacrificing taste, texture, and consistency,” says co-founder and Chief-Executive Officer, Mr. Bempong.

Mr. and Mrs Bempong’s paramount goal in embarking on this project is to inject “a nutritional balance” into the African staple in order to reduce its negative side-effects and health risks. Fufu, he notes, contains an excessive amount of carbohydrates. For example, two wraps of fufu contains more than 600 calories and a glycemic index of 84. Fufu is believed to be one of the causes of belly fat. (Slimkicker, 2013)

Bempongs provide a solution “by adding the health benefits of wholesome grains to your fufuo flour while minimizing carbohydrates and calories to provide nutritional balance.”

Eureka Moment
Mr. Bempong related the Eureka moment that inspired their journey to invent Multigrain Fufuopa. “I like fufu. I ate it almost every day. But with time I realized I put on weight and had developed chronic constipation. I went to see my Doctor one day and advised me to eat with lots of fibre.”

Mr. Bempong began to incorporate flax seed, pumpkin seed— into his meals and it worked like magic. His constipation disappeared, and his fat belly reduced in size remarkably.

This set them on his quest to invent his product. “I want to encourage healthy eating habits among my people,” he said with a smile. “We thank God who gave us this idea to invent this food,” added Mrs Bempong.

The Multi-Grain Fufuopa Meal (the “fufoopa” in the name translates from Akan language of Ghana as good fufu) is the most comprehensive formula that’s ever been developed that you may not find in other fufu products on the market.
The synergistic blend of these high quality natural ingredients provide your body with Omega 3 fatty acids, Protein, Fiber, Antioxidants, Vitamins and Minerals; which means general good health and well-being.

The Multi-Grain Fufuopa Meal contains no artificial colours and no cholesterol. An additional advantage is that unlike the other variants of fufu, Fufuopa meal is light on the stomach.

Called variously as foofoo, fufuo, foufou, Fufu is a staple common in Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Guinea and Nigeria. There are also variants of the staple in Caribbean nations, such as Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Puerto Rico. These countries have high populations of West Africans, thanks to the European trade in African slaves, better known as the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. (Daghetto (2011).
While rich in potassium and low in cholesterol, fufu is high in carbohydrates, which can lead to weight gain with its concomitant health hazards—diabetes, obesity, heart diseases, and chronic indigestion.

Fufu is made from boiled cassava or other tubers, such as yam, cocoa yam and green plantain that are pounded together in a wooden mortar using a wooden pestle. In between blows from the pestle, the mixture is turned by hand and water gradually added till it becomes slurry and sticky. The mixture is then formed into a ball or a rounded slab and served with a variety of soups, the most common ones being groundnut soup, palm nut soup, and light soup (Daghetto (2011).

The process is labour-intensive, high energy, requiring at least two people—the pounder and the turner. The Fufu Machine was invented expressly to eliminate the labour.

But in most homes, particularly in the rural communities, the Fufu Machine is spurned largely because of cost, but also because of the force of habit and staying power f tradition. Fufu machine-produced fufu is disparaged as “ghost fufu” (fake) and the taste is graded as inferior to the traditional mortar and pestle variant.
Praises keep pouring in from the first tasters of Dembaako multi-grain fufuo meal. Gloria and Tony from Fleetwood, Surrey, BC, Canada said this about Multigrain Fufuopa: “The amount of fiber included in the ingredients also makes it the number one choice for my family.”

And Yaw from Ghana commented: “I am really impressed by the excellent quality of the product. It was easy to prepare, smooth and nutritious to taste, not too starchy, very light on the stomach. Bring it to Ghana soon. “

And Felix from Canada chimes in: “I think this product digests very fast, possibly due to its rich fiber content. I wake up in the morning and I feel good.”
Mr. and Mrs. Bempong give thanks to their children Fred, Jason, Eric and Emmanuel for their help and support.

Mr. and Mrs. Bempong can be reached at
Dembaako Foods Ltd
New Westminster, British Columbia, V3M 6B9
Tel: +1-604-398-3995

Daghetto, Arose N. (2011). "Say Whaaat??– Fufu and Mofongo!". Article. Literature Voodoo— Quite Storm Enterprises. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
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