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Yes, hata Cardi b hukula! The benefits of Matumbo you didn’t know!

Cardi B really knows how to get Kenyans excited. The rapper has a knack for speaking about things that are very close to our hearts.

Earlier this month, the mother of one praised our matatu culture after she spotted some vehicles bearing beautiful graffiti of her visage.

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But who knew that that wouldn’t be the only time that Kenyans would be eagerly speaking about the American rapper’s tastes this year.

Yesterday, the former stripper posted a video on her Twitter page of herself eating tripe, commonly known as Matumbo to many Kenyans.

The WAP hitmaker decided to show off the tripe that she was about to dig into. Cardi could not hide the excitement she had for having to taste one of her favorite foods.

A few hours into the post on her verified Twitter handle, Cardi B’s video had accumulated more than 2 million views, with Kenyans, in particular, going gaga over the news.

“I can’t believe Cardi B eats HomePub Matumbo, I never want to hear the slander again,” wrote one Fanta Guy.

In the video, Cardi B spoke so highly of the food making it seem like it always had something so good hidden in it. But is there something special about the meat that some Kenyans consider as an acquired taste?

According to medical sources, yes, there is. Let’s begin.

Tripe or matumbo is a type of organ meat made from the edible stomach lining of farm animals. Ruminant animals like cows, buffalo and sheep have multiple stomach chambers to properly digest their food.

Beef tripe is one of the most commonly eaten varieties. It has a chewy texture and a mild taste, taking on the flavour of other ingredients it is cooked with.

Tripe/Matumbo can benefit both your health and your wallet in the following ways

Tripe is a complete source of protein, meaning that it contains all nine essential amino acids your body needs to function.

Adding protein-rich foods to your diet is an excellent way to lose excess body fat or maintain a healthy weight.

Protein is the most filling of all nutrients. Adding a protein source like tripe to meals and snacks can help reduce hunger, preventing the chances of overeating.

Affordable and Sustainable. Because tripe is not as desirable as steak and other meat products, it’s a more affordable protein option for those trying to save money.

Tripe packs an impressive amount of nutrients, including selenium, zinc and vitamin B12.

A 5-ounce (140-gram) serving of cooked beef tripe delivers 25% of the RDI for selenium and more than 15% of the RDI for both vitamin B12 and zinc.

Vitamin B12 is essential for red blood cell production, nerve transmission and energy production, while zinc is vital for cell division, immune function and carbohydrate metabolism (9Trusted Source, 10Trusted Source).

Selenium is a mineral that acts as a powerful antioxidant in your body. It’s also needed for DNA production, thyroid health and metabolism (11Trusted Source).

Additionally, tripe is a good source of the minerals calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron.


The smell, taste and texture of tripe may turn some people off, especially if it’s not prepared in the right way. Plus, tripe is high in cholesterol, which may not be the best choice for those who are sensitive to high-cholesterol foods.

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