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15 Sep 2007

Nshema (Mealie Meal or Maize Meal)
Hi
I am Paul Drew my wife is Zambian.
Shehas inroduced me to Mealie meal in its cooked form known locally as Nshema.
It is a delicious alternative to Rice, Potatoes, Pasta etc.
However as a type diabetice of 49years I am finding it hard to carbohydrate count or even to discover on packaging the nutritional make up of this food type. I need to know how to calcualte the Carbohydrate content either as a cooked finishd product OR as a raw food type and its GI rating.
Please let me know if you have any facts about this product.
Thanks
Paul Drew
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Paul Drew
As maize meal is also one of the staple foods of the SA population. It is, as you say, a starch that is equivalent to rice or pasta. According to the SA Food Tables, cooked white maize meal has the following macronutrient composition per 100 g: 388 kJ, 2.2g protein, 0.2 g fat, 21.5 g carbohydrates and 0.8 g fibre. So if you are using starch exchanges which contain 15g of carbs, then about 70 g of cooked maize meal can be regarded as a starch exchange. It is also important to keep in mind that hot cooked maize meal has a high glycaemic index, while maize meal that is cooked and allowed to cool down before eating has a lower GI. In SA maize meal is fortified with a variety of vitamins and minerals which is stated on the packaging. If this is not the case in Zambia then the white maize meal will not really contain significant amounts of vitamins and minerals as these are removed when the maize is ground and sifted.
Best regards
DietDoc
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