•“Govt ensuring that the technology is not abused” GMOs have actually been around for quite some time, but not without the many misgivings and much debates going on about the biological concept. In Nigeria… …however, GMOs are still a very alien topic of discourse, but in recent times the debate has picked up due to the very many safety concerns being expressed by the public especially as the authorities grant experimental permits for its application. In this cover story, PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA delves into the issues fuelling the raging controversies concerning GMO foods and all. What are the perceived advantages either to the producer or consumer of these foods? Or, are the perceived health hazards real? Is commercial gain being traded over the health and safety of the
A nutritionist, Mrs Toyin Aliu at the College of Health Technology, Offa, Kwara, has said that the consumption of rotten tomatoes, popularly known as ‘esa’ or ‘baje’, could cause cancer. Aliu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview on Tuesday in Offa that maggots infested tomatoes could cause bacterial poisoning when consumed. ”The fungi in rotten tomatoes are sources of potent mycotoxins, which can be detrimental to health. ”Rotten tomatoes can induce cancer, because once tomatoes become rotten, they will have microorganisms, mostly fungi. “Fungi in rotten tomatoes produce mycotoxins, which are deadly and can induce cancer, and can cause immune deficiency in humans. ”Since tomatoes contain a large amount of fluid, mycotoxins diffuse rapidly
A study published in the British Medical Journal has found that regular consumption of fried foods may increase the risk of death from any cause among older women. The study also linked a higher risk of heart-related death among younger women between the ages of 50 and 65 to foods, such as fried chicken and fried fish/shellfish. According to sciencedaily.com, the researchers suggested that reducing the consumption of fried foods could have a positive impact on public health. The researchers used questionnaire data to assess the diets of 106,966 women, aged 50 to 79, who enrolled in the Women’s Health Initiative between 1993-1998 and who were followed up to February 2017. They noted that during this time, 31,588 deaths occurred, including 9,320 heart-related death
There are people who need to watch what they eat so as not to put on excess weight and there are also people who can eat what they want and get away with it. A study has found being thin is very much in your genes, so that many people can stay slender with no willpower required. Scientists led by the University of Cambridge have identified a series of genes which may speed up someone’s metabolism or help them burn fat more quickly. These genes were found in more than 1,600 thin but healthy people, including women around a size eight and men with a 35-inch waist. In almost two-thirds of these people, it is believed these genes make them less interested in food. In 40 per cent of the study group, thin people said they loved food and ate whatever they wanted withou
We hear all sorts of things about sugar: that it is bad, and also that it is not bad after all. I have heard people say that it doesn’t matter if you give children soft drinks as they sometimes need sugar to boost their energy levels. Nowadays you find kids at home and school parties not only gulping soft drinks, while also eating loads of sugar sweetened foods under the watch of parents. The last thing a child needs is to add to their sugar intake through fruit juices, sodas and ice cream among other sweetened foods. It is tempting always for parents to reward good behaviour by giving treats of sweets to kids. Kids love sugar, but consuming too many foods and beverages with added sugar, puts kids at risk of obesity and other health-related problems. Like many parents, you ma
Bananas are one of the world’s most consumed fruits. They are known for lots of healthy benefits and contain essential nutrients. However, consuming too much of the fruit can reverse the health benefits. Miss Chidera Ezenwafor, a dietitian said despite their numerous health benefits, there are also certain side-effects associated with eating bananas. “A medium banana contains 105 calories, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of satiating fiber and about 14 grams of naturally occurring sugar along with a host of essential micro-nutrients. When eaten, it is filling and goes well with dieting but goes wrong when eaten excessively. The fruit is delicious so people tend to over snack on it, thereby taking in a lot of calories. “People tend to eat bananas
Eating well is good for your mental as well as your physical health. But which foods are particularly important to keep your grey matter happy and healthy? Science has shown that your diet can play a major role not just in health, but in brain function and prevention of common cognition disorders. Eating power foods for the brain can help improve our cognitive function, including memory, decision-making ability, mental response time and mood. As the control centre of our body, the brain is in charge of keeping our heart beating and lungs breathing and allowing us to move, feel and think.That is why it is essential to keep your brain working in optimum condition with a healthy diet. Some foods have negative effects on the brain, impacting your memory and mood and more. Vegetable...
The Lagos State Government says it will enforce standards in the sales and consumption of fruits and vegetables to guarantee the health and safety of consumers in the state. Mr Divine Dunkwu, the Head, Public Affairs, State Consumer Protection Agency (LASCOPA), made the assertion on Saturday in Lagos. Dunkwu said the agency had initiated a project to ensure that handling, packaging and display of vegetables and fruits were done in accordance with the acceptable standards. He said that LASCOPA was collaborating with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Lagos State Market Board and the Ministry of Wealth Creation, to drive the project to success. The agency’s spokesman said that the team was charged with the mandate to address the current unhygienic environment
We all love pineapples for juiciness and vibrant flavour. This sweet fruit is undoubtedly one of the most popular tropical fruits. The pineapple (scientifically known as Ananascomosus) is a tropical plant with multiple edible fruits consisting of combined berries. Pineapple does not ripen significantly post-harvest. The fruit is usually consumed cooked, juiced, and preserved and are found in a broad range of cuisines. It is believed that the plant is native to South America, possibly areas between southern Brazil and Paraguay. This yellow, spiny tropical fruit offers more than just a sweet flavour. Pineapple, like other fruits, is full of nutrients. Pineapples have a wide cylindrical shape, a scaly green, brown or yellow skin and a regal crown of spiny, blue-green leaves and ...
People who eat diets that are high in fiber have lower risk of death and chronic diseases such as stroke or cancer compared with people with low fiber intake, a new analysis found. Dietary fiber includes plant-based carbohydrates such as whole-grain cereal, seeds and some legumes. Fiber's health benefits have been recorded "by over 100 years of research," Andrew Reynolds, a researcher at the University of Otago in New Zealand, wrote in an email. He is co-author of the new meta-analysis of existing research, which was published Thursday in the journal The Lancet. The research shows that higher intakes of fiber "led to a reduced incidence of a surprisingly broad range of relevant diseases (heart disease, type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer)," reduced b...
Minimize Irrigation: Tomato plants have surprisingly low water needs and over watering can promote disease. Once the fruit has started to form, water only when the top three inches of soil becomes dry and the leaves look limp in the heat of the day.Water in the Morning: This way, the moisture will evaporate quickly from the surface of soil, giving the roots the water they need, but keeping the humidity down around the plants. Remove Infected Leaves Immediately: Don’t hesitate to clip off leaves as soon as any spots or deformation is apparent – it may save the rest of the plant from succumbing to the disease. Dispose of these clippings far away from your tomato plants. Prune Out Dense Foliage: Tomatoes tend to grow more thickly than is necessary, reducing air flow a
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
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
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
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