The Kola in Mocola
Kola nut is native to West Africa, where it is chewed as a stimulant and revered among the Igbos of Nigeria as a symbol of hospitality, respect and friendship. Among the Igbos, there is a popular saying: "he who brings kola, brings life." Kola nut is the first thing served in every function, from marriage introductions to naming ceremonies, or simply welcoming of a visitor to an Igbo home.
Kola nut naturally contains more caffeine per gram than coffee does. Like cacao, it contains a fair amount of theobromine, which is a much milder but longer lasting stimulant than caffeine.
Fun fact: Kola nut extract was a key ingredient in the original Coca Cola recipe. That's the reason for the "cola" in "Coca Cola". Benefits of kola nut include:
- Acts as a stimulant due to caffeine and theobromine content
- Boosts metabolism
- Promotes healthy digestion
- Improves blood circulation
- Helps to stop harmful bacterial growth