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‘How Beans Treated With Sniper Kill Slowly’

‘How Beans Treated With Sniper Kill Slowly’

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Three siblings allegedly selling ‘poisonous beans’ (beans treated with Sniper) were recently arrested in Lagos. The traders, apparently out of ignorance, claimed that they saw Sniper as something that kills insects and decided to use it to preserve beans and kill the insects. Following this, many Lagosians have stayed away from eating beans. Findings show that the sale of the product has significantly dropped. Also the Consumer Protection Commission, CPC, in a statement, advised consumers to parboil beans before consumption. In this interview, the National President of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology, NIFST, the body representing food professionals drawn from the academia, industry, government and research institutes in Nigeria, Mr Oluwole Toye, speaks on the scare. A
Bitter Leaf Boosts Fertility, Fights Prostate

Bitter Leaf Boosts Fertility, Fights Prostate

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Dr Grace Johnson, a specialist, has said bitter leaf works so well for fertility, and fights prostate cancer because its boost the functions of the reproductive system, balance hormones and help the ovary release healthy eggs. Johnson, who is Food Nutritionist, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday, that the effect of bitter leaf ranges from specifically toning the reproductive organs and boosting overall health. According to her, the problem with a lot of infertile patients is that they do not connect infertility with “fertile nutrition”. “Good nutrition is considered to be the foundation of a healthy body. That is why a healthy ovary will only be found in a healthy body. “When the ovary is healthy, it releases a healthy egg (ovum) which once fertilized, results in a he
SON Releases New Standards For Beans Processing

SON Releases New Standards For Beans Processing

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THE Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) Monday, gave highlights in line with the Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS) and Codes of Practices for beans processing across the country.The Director General, SON, Osita Aboloma in a statement to commend a consumer for reporting a beans vendor who preserves beans with pesticide,  stating that the standards are relevant Nigeria Industrial Standards and Codes of Practice for beans along the value chain, to take care of issues concerning the proper preservation of the crop from planting to the table while also assuring the safety of consumers. He enumerated the Standard and Codes of Practice as follows; Standard for Dry Beans (NIS 1030: 2018); Code of Good Agricultural Practice: Planting of Dry Beans (NCP 065: 2018), Code of Good Practice: Har
Food Crisis Imminent In Nigeria without Innovation — Scientists

Food Crisis Imminent In Nigeria without Innovation — Scientists

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Scientists have warned that that food crisis may be imminent in Nigeria if the country fails to deploy innovation and technology into its food industry to boost productivity and sufficiency. The food safety experts who raised the alarm listed the country’s rising population amidst huge technology gaps, lack of enabling environment for researchers, inadequate funding for research, high processing losses and lack of sustainable policy as factors that could negatively impact on the lives of the people, if nothing is done urgently. They argued that with continuous increase in Nigeria’s population without innovation and technology in the food industry amongst others would certainly lead to food crisis. The food scientists, under the auspices of Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technolog
Fruits Are The Alternatives To Sugar, Not Honey

Fruits Are The Alternatives To Sugar, Not Honey

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A clinical nutritionist at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Dr Okunola Oladimeji has warned against excessive intake of sugar, stressing that honey is not an alternative to sugar; the carbohydrates food people consume contained enough sugar necessary for the body and there was no need for additional sugar. “As an adult, when you are over 40 years of age, it is not advisable to be consuming processed sugar either in raw form or inside soft drinks. “Consuming more sugar than what the body needs can cause added weight, abdominal fat and can also lead to obesity, Oladimeji said. The clinical nutritionist noted that since carbohydrates contains enough sugar for the body, consuming more could cause excessive damage to the liver. On the assumption that honey could be
CPC Alerts Nigerians on ‘Sniper-Treated Beans’

CPC Alerts Nigerians on ‘Sniper-Treated Beans’

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The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has warned Nigerians on the dangers of not parboiling their beans extensively before consumption. The director general, Babatunde Irukera, said the warning became necessary after the agency received information that has already gone viral on reported use of sniper chemical by retailers to preserve beans. Mr Irukera’s warning was contained in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Friday. He said consumers must make sufficient enquiries before engaging in new purchases of beans as available information at the weekend revealed retailers have already built a huge stock of commodity. Apart from the cooking method and enquiries before purchase, the council said consumers must wash their food items sufficiently before cooking. “In any and every case, thor
Niger Raises Alarm Over Poisonous Meat In Circulation

Niger Raises Alarm Over Poisonous Meat In Circulation

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Niger state government said it has uncovered massive use of steroid by livestock farmers and butchers, which make most meat in circulation unsafe for consumption. Briefing journalists on the outcome of the state executive council meeting on Wednesday in Minna, the Commissioner for Livestock and Fisheries, Zakari Bawa and his agriculture counterpart, Malam Nuhu Dukku said the use of steroid for fattening purpose by livestock farmers and butchers was a source of concern to government. “Government discovered that some unscrupulous elements are inducing animals and circulating poisonous meat. This is due to the rise in population. Because of the increase in consumption, these wicked people have started using drugs especially antibiotics and crude methods on the animals. “Our statistics show
Eating Chocolate, Drinking Coffee Could Help People Live Longer — Study

Eating Chocolate, Drinking Coffee Could Help People Live Longer — Study

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A new research has suggested that eating  chocolate, and drinking coffee or tea and wine and coffee could help people live longer.Findings from the research also showed that it is important to combine them with a zinc supplement. It said taking zinc supplements activates a compound that slows down ageing. This reverses the ‘internal stress’ that naturally accumulates over the years and has been linked to everything from cancer to Alzheimer’s. Zinc is a relatively safe supplement even at high doses and could therefore be taken regularly to help slow ageing, according to the German researchers. Chocolate, wine, coffee and tea contain the antioxidants polyphenols, which help combat cell damage. The researchers from the University of Erlangen–Nuremberg found that zinc activates a compound
Health Benefits of Tiger Nuts

Health Benefits of Tiger Nuts

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A Nutritionist, Dr Grace Johnson, has advised Nigerians to consume tiger nuts for its numerous nutritional and health benefits, describing it as “an amazing food for anyone”. Johnson gave the advice in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday. She said that the nut helps in curing stomach upset and irritable bowel among other digestive issues. “It has been used in folk medicine as a remedy for many ailments, including flatulence and diarrhea. “The methanol extract of tiger nuts has a very positive effect on reproductive hormones, sperm motility, and sperm count. “Tiger nut increases fertility parameters in females, rich in zinc and helps the body to produce testosterone. According to Johnson, health benefits contained in tiger nut include a high content of s
Nutmeg Better Than Drumstick Seeds In Boosting Libido —Experts

Nutmeg Better Than Drumstick Seeds In Boosting Libido —Experts

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For years, nutmeg and drumstick seeds are some of the natural remedies have been used to manage poor libido or erectile dysfunction in men in traditional medicine. Now, scientists have confirmed nutmeg a better option to boost libido than drumstick seeds. In a new study, researchers say nutmeg contains more chemical substances that boost libido than drumstick seeds, and so could serve as an alternative therapy for the management of erectile dysfunction (ED). Nutmeg and drumstick seeds are commonly consumed medicinal seeds. Known as Ehuru ofia in Igbo language, Gujiya dan miya in Hausa and ariwo in Yorubaland, African nutmeg is one of the most widely used ingredients for spicing meals. In traditional medicine practice, especially in many African countries, the African nutmeg is widely us...
Health Benefits of Cucumber

Health Benefits of Cucumber

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CUCUMBERS are extremely beneficial for overall health, especially during hot weather since they are mostly made of water and important nutrients that are essential for the human body. The flesh of cucumbers is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and folic acid, while the hard skin is rich in fibre and a range of minerals including magnesium, molybdenum, and potassium. Different varieties of cucumber are grown in different regions, and they are usually eaten fresh or pickled. They are rich in various nutrients, vitamins, minerals, energy, and water. According to USDA cucumbers are a good source of potassium, phosphorus, vitamin C, niacin, and vitamin K. They also provide iron, sodium, zinc, riboflavin, and vitamin B-6. The health benefits of cucumber are not widely known in many cultures. The ...
Danger! Don’t Consume Puffer Fish, Contains Deadly Poison – NAFDAC Warns

Danger! Don’t Consume Puffer Fish, Contains Deadly Poison – NAFDAC Warns

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, on Thursday, cautioned the general public against consumption of Puffer Fish. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, gave the warning in a statement in Abuja. Adeyeye explained that the fish might contain the potent and deadly toxins tetrodotoxin and saxitoxin, which could cause severe illness and death. She said that some organs of the fish, such as liver and gonads (ovaries and testes), the skin and intestines typically contained the toxin. According to her, cooking or freezing cannot destroy the toxin. She added that freezing and thawing of the product prior to removal of the toxic organs might result in the migration of toxin into the flesh of the fish. “Restaurants and fish sellers are
Tips to Control High Blood Pressure

Tips to Control High Blood Pressure

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Research reveals that packaged, tinned and canned foods are mostly to be avoided by those living with high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a frightening disease because it has few symptoms yet puts people at great risk of heart disease or stroke. Huge numbers of people have been diagnosed but many more have hypertension and don’t know it. High blood pressure is quite manageable with diet and lifestyle changes. Sugar and Salt are some other things that should be avoided. Sorry, but these two tasty food enhancers are major factors in hypertension. “You will need to limit your intake of sugar and salt, but that doesn’t mean you have to eat only bland food for the rest of your life.’’ In general, a healthy person should not consume more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. Wh
NAFDAC Confiscates 100 Cartons of Expired Zero Coke in Katsina

NAFDAC Confiscates 100 Cartons of Expired Zero Coke in Katsina

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The National Agency for Food Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) in Katsina State, on Monday confiscated about 100 cartons of expired beverage drink at a super market in Katsina metropolis. The state director of NAFDAC, Mr John Agada, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Katsina. “NAFDAC received a complaint from a consumer that a particular super market was selling expired zero coke. “When we visited the super market, our officers found several cartons of Zero coke, which date of best use is June, 2018. “By implication, it means that all the cartons of the zero coke are harmful and dangerous to the consumers and the owner of the super market was still in business selling the expired coke. “NAFDAC officers immediately impounded the c
Many Health Benefits of Turmeric

Many Health Benefits of Turmeric

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Curried dishes around the world may not be delicious without turmeric. Turmeric,  an orange-coloured spice mostly sold by Hausa traders across the country, is revered for its culinary and therapeutic benefits. It gives the curry its bright yellow or orange colour and contributes to its peppery, warm, and mildly bitter taste. It also provides a tangy and ginger-like fragrance. According to a phytotherapists/herbalist, Dr Francis Elegbuo, turmeric is a root crop known for its tough brown skin and bright orange flesh. For more than 5,000 years, this root crop has been cultivated in the Northern part of Nigeria. “Bioactive ingredients found in this herb are pleiotropic in nature- the same molecule can bind to a variety of enzymes and other molecular targets in the body. Turmeric has basic ph