The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said the health of Nigerians is threatened by the daily consumption of items such as pure water and smuggled frozen chicken which according to him poisonous foods and are detrimental to health.
Ogbeh disclosed this yesterday while speaking to Senate Committee on Agriculture during a one-day public hearing at the National Assembly on bills bothering on food security by the committee.
According to him, the consumption of poison from some food items everyday arose from wrong habits of processing and preserving such items.
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He cited an example that preparing of foods like “moi moi” in cellophane, otherwise known as nylon, is poisonous because nylon contains a large dosage of dioxins which are naturally inactive in leaves when used to package such food.
He also added that the consumption of sachet water commonly known as pure water exposed to sun at over 28 degree centigrade, is poisonous and thus results in many cases of kidney and liver failure among Nigerians.
He also said that frozen chicken preserved with formalin (which is also used for the preservation of corpses), is commonly consumed by Nigerians had been the reason many experience serious health challenges in the land.
He went on to say that beans and grains preserved with too much pesticides by farmers and sellers is another dangerous food poison which he said had killed many Nigerians and is still killing a number of unsuspecting buyers and consumers.
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The minister touched on the issue of wrong application of fertilizer by farmers on their farmland, which he said also leads to poisonous consumption of affected food items. “Unknowingly to many of the farmers, there is specific fertilizer for specific crops in specific state in line with soil texture,” he explained.
But for the attitude of over boiling meat by many Nigerians, many of them would have been infected by tuberculosis from consumption of cow meat in the poisonous foods they eat at restaurants.
“Many of the cows being moved from one place to the other by herdsmen are already infected with tuberculosis but our practice of boiling meat very well here has been the saving grace from people being infected with the deadly disease,” he added.
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He commended the committee for working on the bills which he said would help guarantee food security in the country and simultaneously curb the production and preparation of poisonous foods. The bills are Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service Bill 2016, Food Security Bill 2016 and Nigerian Institute of Soil Science Bill 2016.
Health Benefits Of African Bush Mango Seed (Ogbono) You Should Know
African Bush Mango Seed popularly known as Ogbono has its botanical name as Irvingia gabonensis and is also called wild African mango or bush mango. The Igbo people of Nigeria call it Ogbono and Yoruba people call it Apon.
Ogbono which is called “Apon” by the Yoruba people of Nigeria is indigenous to the humid forest zone from the northern part of Angola, including Congo, DR Congo, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire and south-western Uganda but is planted in parts of southern Cameroon, Ghana, Togo and Benin.
The tree which is present in the tropical wet and dry climate zone grows naturally in canopied jungle, gallery forests and semi-deciduous forests and produces edible mango-like fruits, and are especially valued for their fat and protein-rich nuts.
The fruits can be eaten fresh, processed into jelly, jam, juice and sometimes even wine. The pulp has also been used to prepare black dye for cloth coloration. Compared to the seed, the fruit is only a tiny resource.
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The seed, which is the Ogbono nut can also be eaten raw or roasted but they are mostly pounded into butter or a chocolate-like block. Ogbono seeds can be pressed to produce an edible oil or margarine which is used for cooking.
The oil can also be processed further into soap, cosmetics or pharmaceuticals. The pressed cake can be used as cattle feed or grounded/crushed and used as thickening and flavouring agent in soups and stews.
In Nigeria, the seed is popular for making soup. Ogbono soup also known as Draw soup because of its slippery nature helps the lumps of solid food slide down the throat to the stomach.
While some people like their Ogbono soup plain, with no added vegetables, others prefer it with some vegetable in it. A third group love their Ogbono soup with Okra, while some people would add Egusi to it.
Several research and studies have shown that ogbono Seed or kernels contains about 18 amino acids and that it is a good . of nutrients, vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus and iron.
Further research revealed that the fibre content of the seed improves bowel function and aids detoxification pathways.
The Research also showed that the seeds have beneficial effects on diabetes and obesity as well as in lowering cholesterol, and increasing antioxidant and gastrointestinal activity.
According to the research, consuming ogbono would help with the following:
Aids Weight Loss:
Ogbono aids weight loss by increasing the levels of leptin in the body, a hormone that reduces appetite and by inhibiting an enzyme called glycerol3phosphate dehydrogenase, which reduces the amount of blood sugar converted to fat.
Reduces Cholesterol Level:
Due to its contents, ogbono is not only good for weight loss, it may also serve as a great food to help control diabetes and ward off high cholesterol and the development of atherosclerosis.
Helps In Body Building:
Ogbono seed is also rich in protein which is good for body building. As earlier mentioned, the seed contains vitamins and minerals which are good for the body. It contains thiamine, riboflavin and niacin. The approximate fatty acid composition is myristic acid 33-70 per cent, laureic acid 20-59 per cent, oleic acid 1-11 per cent, palmitic acid 2 per cent and stearic acid 1 per cent. The contained amino acids are reasonably balanced for human nutrition. Since lysine, tryptophan, valine, threonine, isoleucine and phenylalanine have high concentrations in the seed, first limiting amino acids are methionine and cysteine.
So when next you are eating your Ogbono soup, just know you are eating yourself into good health. And for those who don’t eat ogbono, well, you are missing out…
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Historical Facts About Bread You Didn’t Know
How much do you know about bread? I bet these interesting facts about will amaze you, check them out.
Bread is the most widely consumed food in the world, not only because it is an important . of carbohydrates, but because it is also portable and compact. This explains why it has been an integral part of the world’s diet for thousands of years. In fact, recent scholarship suggests humans started baking bread at least 30,000 years ago.
The earliest breads were more like porridges and flat cakes. Grains were mashed with water or milk and were eaten either raw or cooked, providing nutrition and sustenance. The porridge became thicker and more paste-like, and eventually this paste was cooked either on a hot rock or in an early subterranean oven, creating a more mobile product. Twenty-first-century descendants of those earliest breads include Middle Eastern pita bread, Indian naan, and pizza.
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Bread has a very long history, and was originally made without yeast, resulting in relatively flat breads, although yeast was used as early as 4000 BC in Ancient Egypt. Thus, flat breads dates back to Ancient Egypt and were first baked from the crushed grains. Experts believe the first grinding stone was invented by the Egyptians around 8000 B.C.
The first leavened breads were invented nearly seven thousand years after flatbreads were introduced into the diet
In ancient Egypt, bread was a form of currency used interchangeably with money. In fact, it was so important to ancient Egyptians that loaves were often placed in tombs for the deceased to take to the afterlife.
The first bread-maker was invented by freed Roman slave, Marcus Virgilius Euryasaces in the first century. . a donkey or horse walking in circles, it kneaded dough in a basin.
Otto Rohwedder invented sliced bread in 1928, after working on it for 16 years. Many thought it was a passing fad, assuming the bread would go stale faster than un-sliced bread.
The name sandwich came from the Earl of Sandwich who gave his name to the sandwich way back in the 1700s.
Across nearly every race, country and religion, bread is seen as a peace offering, and is used in countless religious ceremonies.
Ancient Greeks were already producing more than 80 types of bread by 2500 B.C.
It has been proven that it is one of the healthiest parts of the bread is the crust, because it contains dietary fibre and antioxidants that can help prevent cancer.
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African Salad recipe update with Video
In my last post, I provided some ingredients and asked you to guess what the next recipe will be.
One person was very close, and said ”Ukpaka sauce”(recipe coming soon), but I got some correct answers too and for those who got it right… here’s a cute thumb up for you.
Anyway, today’s post is only an update on this Abacha and Ukpaka/Ugba recipe(African Salad) we have on the website.
I made some thoughtful corrections based on my new cooking experience and also added our customary step by step video, to put you through and make your cooking more delightful☺.
+++video recipe right below+++
Here’s a link to the full recipe, hope you enjoy and please don’t forget to leave your feedback on the recipe page.
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