Here's why you probably shouldn't be drinking Palm Wine

Here's why you probably shouldn't be drinking Palm Wine
Here039s why you probably shouldn039t be drinking Palm Wine

Last Updated on August 25, 2021 by MyGh.Online


Palm wine is a fun beverage that comes loaded with many health benefits. However, these reasons will make you think twice before indulging in the drinking pastime.

1. Palm-wine could give rise to neurological symptoms like affecting body rigidity and muscle contraction.

2. The high ethanol content in palm-wine can affect liver function and lipid metabolism causing liver damage.

3. Palm-wine decreases blood clotting factor, leading to uncontrolled bleeding.

4. It can also weaken the heart muscle and ability to pump blood.

6. Fermented palm-wine contains a high percentage of alcohol, which is probably higher than what is found in some of the alcoholic beverages we drink. Since the lifespan of palm-wine is only 12 hours, that means what we mostly have is fermented palm-wine which destroys the kidney, liver and other systems in the body. This can also cause hypertension.

7. Pregnant women should not drink fermented palm wine at all. It can cause miscarriages, still births and some abnormalities in babies because of its high alcoholic content. Alcohol is capable of crossing the placenta into the fetus causing fetal alcohol syndrome. This can lead to mental retardation and make a child to have a low intelligence quotient (IQ) and hence will be dull in school or any other activity that requires some level of IQ.

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You should be careful with your source for palm wine. In villages and places with abundance of palm trees, it is very easy to get fresh palm wine. However, when sources are scarce, palm wine sellers are known to dilute fresh palm wine with water and add artificial sweeteners like saccharine to make it sweet. The resulting wine is lighter than the normal palm wine and can be spotted easily, but some vendors also add cassava starch to the palm wine to conceal their debauchery and make it whiter.

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