Healthy Eating

HEALTHY EATING PART 14 (FOOD HYGIENE)

 Food hygiene are conditions and measures necessary to ensure the safety of food from production to consumption. Food can become contaminated at any point during harvesting, processing, storage, distribution, transportation and preparation.

Also, food hygiene has to do with all kind of food products, its covers all conditions needed to control food threats and ensure that people will get healthy food to eat.

Importance of Food Hygiene

Cleanliness related to food starts with the preparation of food. The raw substances used for cooking should be washed thoroughly with water before being cooked.

Greater attention is needed for something which would be consumed raw.

Examples are Fruits and Salads.

In other words, the essence of food hygiene is to know the preventive measures on how to avoid things like cross contamination, microbes, bacteria, in order to avoid diseases and deaths.

FOOD HANDLING

When handling food we are being faced with some threats, such as physical threats, microbiological threats etc.

Physical threats: these are objects seen with the optical eyes (foreign bodies).

Examples of physical threats are (1) plastic (2) stone (3) hair (4) metal, etc

Microbiological threats: they are food damaging microbes and water and food borne

pathogenic microbes.

Most harmful animals and food pest can also cause these threats in foodstuff

                      GENERAL SAFE FOOD HANDLING TIP

1)Do not wipe your hands on your clothing as this can easily transfer microbes and bacteria

2) Wash and sanitize flatware or other utensils, which fall to the floor

3) Change gloves, utensils and dishes when changing functions. For instance use one pair of gloves for handling raw meat, and another pair for handling fresh vegetables

4)Prepare and cook only as much food as you intend to use.

5)Try to have just one person serve food that is about to be eaten.

6)Store tableware away from dust.Be careful when lifting lids from hot food.

7)Turn handles of saucepans away from the front of the stove when cooking

CONCLUSION: THE AIM OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO PROTECT PEOPLE FROM FOOD THREATS AND ECONOMIC LOSSES THAT COMES WITH BAD FOOD.

Foodie Naija Update

Inflation: Mixed outlook as food prices remain high

AGAINST the backdrop of deceleration of inflationary pressures announced by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, last week, further insight into price movements in the first quarter of the year has indicated a mixed result.

Financial Vanguard and other analysts’ reports indicate that the deceleration was principally a year-on-year, YoY, base effect rather than a decline in prices, especially in food and related items in the market.
The NBS report for March 2017 had indicated that inflation rate slowed further to 17.26 per cent YoY in March from 17.87 per cent YoY in February.
Giving a Month-on-Month, MoM, analysis of the parameters, economists at Cardinal Stone Partners Limited, a Lagos based investment house, stated: ‘‘The relatively slower pace of increase in YoY headline CPI (Consumer Price Index) primarily reflects the impact of base effects given the significant jump in the index in the corresponding period of 2016.
‘‘On a month-on-month basis however, headline inflation accelerated to 1.72 per cent MoM against February level of 1.49 per cent MoM, as both the food and core sub-indices increased in March.

‘‘We believe the drag from higher staple food prices is the direct result of higher export demand (given the significant depreciation in the Naira) as well as higher transport costs ( a major component of the core index).’’
Contrary to inflation reports showing declines for two consecutive months this year (February and March) the petroleum products price watch released by NBS last weekend shows that huge gap still exists between average price of the products in the first quarter 2017 (Q1’17) and preceding quarter, Q4’16.
In the report average price of Kerosene in Q1’17 was N365.94 per litre, about 35 per cent higher than N269.15 recorded in the preceding quarter. Also average price of 5kg cooking gas at N2,589.84 was about 28.8 per cent higher than N2,010.6 recorded in the preceding quarter.
Regulated price of petrol
Similarly the report shows that average price of diesel in Q1’17 at N241.5 per litre was 25.1 per cent higher than N193.1 recorded in Q4’16 while the regulated price of petrol still commanded about 2.0 per cent higher pump price at national average of N149.3 per litre in Q1’17 as against N146.4 previous quarter. Moreover, prices of basic food items have steadily been on the increase up till March 2017 going by NBS reports of Selected Food Prices Watch released at the weekend.
Economists raise concerns
Reflecting on last week’s CPI figures of the NBS, economists at Cordros Capital Limited, another Lagos based investment house, stated: ‘‘Given the faster increase in MoM inflation, we reiterate our position that the possibility of general price level significantly moderating this year remains uncertain, as the causal structural factors that pressured general prices in 2016 remain through the most of this year.

‘‘More so, it appears that the peak of cost push inflation had been attained in 2016, thus strengthening the case for slower price increases this year.
‘‘Driven by this matrix of facts, we prognosticate the headline index to sustain the base-effect driven moderation in the month of April, particularly in the absence of new FX-induced shocks and other related negative surprises, such as fuel and power tariff hikes. ‘‘However, we are concerned about the higher-than-expected MoM increase in inflation experienced in the last two months, which has constrained significant YoY moderation.
‘‘Potential risk in this regard is the likely rise in the average pump price of petrol following the recent increase in the bridging allowance to transporters from N6.20 to N7.20 per litre, especially among independent operators outside major commercial cities where regulatory supervision is limited.
‘‘For April, we estimate the CPI to further moderate by 36 basis points (bps) to 16.9%.’’
Also commenting on the NBS figures, analysts at Cardinal Stone Partners stated: ‘‘Base effects led the slight decline in YoY food inflation in March to 18.44% YoY (February: 18.53% YoY) since domestic food prices continued on an uptrend in March, increasing to a ten month high of 2.21% MoM (February: 1.99% MoM).
‘‘The most significant price increases were observed on staples such as bread & cereals, protein, and tubers. ‘‘Imported food inflation moderated further to 18.15% YoY (February: 19.42% YoY) although it increased to 1.46% MoM (February: 1.39% MoM) given the significant Naira depreciation (at the parallel market) in February whose impact on prices of imported items may have lingered into March.

‘‘Suffice to say that the magnitude of decline recorded by the CPI would have been bigger, save for the notable price increases reported in the following major divisions: housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuel, education, food and alcoholic beverages, clothing and footwear and transportation services.
‘‘Food inflation increased to 18.44% YoY (vs. 18.53% YoY in February), albeit 9 basis points (bps) slower than the rate recorded in the previous month, supported by a 130bps drop in imported food inflation to 18.14% YoY, from 19.44% YoY, and lingering impact of a favourable base-effect.
‘‘However, on a MoM basis, food inflation, notwithstanding the improvement in the forex market during the review period and a slower 6.07% MoM (vs. 13.53% MoM previous month) increase in the prices of 25 selected food items in the NBS Selected Food Prices Watch for March, climbed by 2.21%, a faster pace than the 1.99% recorded in February.
‘‘We sense that prices in this segment were pressured by rising transport cost (8.24% MoM, 4.49% MoM, and 1.55% MoM increase in bus transport cost for within city, intercity, and water transport respectively). Notably, in March, the highest price increases were recorded by potatoes, yam and other tubers, bread and cereals, meat, milk, cheese, and eggs.’’

Healthy Eating

HEALTHY EATING PART 13 (5 HIDDEN FACTS ABOUT SUGAR PROCESSED FOODS)

OUR SPIRITUAL FOOD
“NEVER WITHOUT HELP”
I will not leave you as orphans comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless]; I will come back.

In today’s article i will be discussing on “5 Hidden Facts About Sugar Processed Food” under “Healthy Eating”.

The excessive amount of hidden sugar in processed food has quite become alarming in the Sub-Sahara region, including Nigeria.

1. SUGAR MASQUERADING FOODS:
It is difficult to know the exact amount of natural sugar versus added sugar by just looking at their label, most foods that are typically considered “healthy” can contain shocking amounts of added sugar or fructose, in form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) according to Dr. Robert Lustig, a professor of clinical pediatries in the Division of Endocrinology at UC San Francisco, its important to distinguish between Natural Food-Base Sugar Versus Added Sugar.

He notes that a small serving cup of plain yogurt has about seven grams of sugar in the form of Lactose a natural sugar found in dairy which does not cause any major harm.

While, a Fruit Flavored yogurt on the other hand contains about 19 grams of sugars 12 grams of which is added sugar, this is equivalent to eating a small cup of plain yogurt with a bowl of frosted corn flakes.

2. SODA INCREASES TASTE:
Soft drinks contain caffeine, a mild diuretic that makes you urinate more, thereby eliminating water from your body. It also contains about 55mg of salt, and when you take in salt and excrete water you get thirstier.

The reason why soda contains so much sugar is because they have to mask the taste of the salt. Sugar has also been found to be 8 times as addictive as cocaine which also ensures that you will stay hooked on processed foods and sweet drinks.

3. THE BODY CAN ONLY HANDLE LIMITED AMOUNT OF SUGAR:
The facts that your liver has very limited capacity to metabolize processed fructose does not mean you should not be watchful. Excess sugar is metabolize into body fat and leads to all the chronic metabolic diseases, e.g Cardiovascular Disease, High Blood Pressure, Cancer, etc.

According to a study published in JAMA3, Americans get on average about 350 calories a day from added sugar in die diet. (This is equivalent to 22 teaspoons of sugar, which amounts to 25% of the average American’s daily calorie intake). In reference to the case study people who consumed 21% or more of their daily calories in the form of sugar were twice as likely to die from heart disease compared to those who got 7% or less calories from added sugar.

The risk was nearly tripped among those who consumed 25% or more of their daily calories from added sugar. Approximately 30% of Africans consumed added sugar at a very high rate level. It is strongly recommended limiting your daily fructose intake to 25 grams or less from all sources, including natural ones like fruits that equate to just over 60 spoons of sugar a day.

4. SUGAR & CANCER CONNECTION:
Cancer cells needs glucose to thrive, and Carbohydrates turn into glucose in your body. In order to starve the cancer cells you have to eliminate its primary food source (The sugars) which includes all none-vegetable carbohydrate.

Otto Warburg actually received a noble prize back in 1934 for his research on Cancer Cell Physiology, which clearly demonstrated Cancer Cells require more sugar to thrive. The latest World Cancer report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), predict world wild cancer rate to rise in the next 2 decades. But the reports also note that half of all cancers are preventable and can be avoided if current Medical knowledge is acted upon diet and exercise inclusive.

5. SUGAR ALSO INITIATES CANCER GROWTH:
According to a study published in the journal of clinical investigation, sugar also appears to initiate cancer growth. As reported by greenmedinfo.com, this study provides evidence that increased glycolytic activation itself can be an oncogenic event.

This implies that the activation of sugar-based metabolism in a cell driven by both the presence of increased quantities of glucose on the cell membrane surface drives cancer initiation.

As the Christmas and New Year is by the corner my take home advice to all readers/viewers, is the reducing sugar and processed food consumption is part and parcel of the long term answer to remain healthy.
MERRY CHRISTMAS IN ADVANCE!

Healthy Eating

HEALTHY EATING PART 12 (HOW TO MANAGE FOOD INTOLERANCE)

OUR SPIRITUAL FOOD
“ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU ARE SPECIAL”.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man,
seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it (Matthew 13:45-46).

There are people who like to tell us that we’re not very special. People make such statements out of ignorance, and
a seeming show of humility.

You are peculiar. You are special to God. You’re His pearl of
inestimable value. It’s not pride to acknowledge and affirm that you are special.
Remember, God gave birth to you. James 1:18 says, “Of his
own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”

It’s absolutely
impossible for God to give birth to “nonentities” or “unworthy servants” that some Christians
unwittingly arrogate to themselves, because He reproduces after His own kind.

You are the crown of God’s creation, the best of all that He
made. Therefore, Be conscious and be bold of your real personality; you are royalty, a peculiar treasure, a king priest
unto God, appointed to reign and rule in the earth.

Welcome back dear readers to this wonderful segment on “Healthy Eating”, In todays’ article i will be discussing on “HOW TO MANAGE FOOD INTOLERANCE”.

As we all know, eating is a pleasant experience. However, there are some, who treat certain food as “Worse Enemy” owing to the previous experience and this might be as a result of Food Intolerance.

The question is,
WHAT IS THIS SO CALLED FOOD INTOLERANCE?
Well, to my understanding, Food Intolerance is an adverse reaction of food in the digestive system.

It can also be a situation whereby the needed enzymes is unable to break food particles in the intestine.

SOME COMMON FOOD INTOLERANCE ARE,
1. Wheat
2. Yeast
3. Dairy
4. Gluten
5. Alcohol

POSSIBLE CAUSE OF FOOD INTOLERANCE
1. Enzymes Deficiency.

2. Chemical Content In Food (Both Natural & Processed).

3. Consumption Of Too Much Red Wine.

SYMPTOMS
Generally, food intolerance are less alarming, since they are not life threatening, but is associated with stress, pains and discomfort.
Due to this, serious attention is necessary.
1. Stomach Pain
2. Bloating
3. Headaches
4. Gas
5. Tiredness
6. Cramps
7. Constipation
8. Recurrent Diarrhea
9. Sleep Disturbance

POSSIBLE WAYS TO MANAGE FOOD INTOLERANCE
1. Keep a food diary inorder to detect suspected food.

2. Suspected food should be avoided for few weeks (2-5 weeks).

3. Eating food that is low in fibre can be helpful.

4. Eat small amount of food (at least more frequently)

5. Seek for a specialized health professional.

In other words, if you had experience food intolerance, you may find comfort to know that most affected persons have learned to manage their conditions and still enjoy wide variety of nutritious and delicious food.
SEE YOU @ THE TOP!
HEALTH IS WEALTH!

Pizza

HOW TO MAKE PIZZA

OUR SPIRITUAL FOOD
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his
children. No discipline seems
pleasant at the time, but painful.

Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and
peace for those who have been trained by it (Hebrews 12:7-11
NIV).
The Bible says, “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro
throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect
toward him…” (2 Chronicles
16:9).

That means He’s watching and looking for opportunities to
manifest His glory on your behalf.
He never leaves you alone. He never lets you down.

He’s moved with the feeling of our infirmities (Hebrews 4:15).

Welcome to back to our food tips/recipes segment! In todays’ post i will be teach you all ” How To Make Pizza”.

Pizza is a flatbread generally topped with tomato sauce and cheese and baked in an oven. It
is commonly topped with a selection of meats, vegetables
and condiments.

Pizza is prepared fresh, frozen, and as portion-size slices or
pieces. Methods have been developed to overcome challenges such as preventing
the sauce from combining with the dough and producing a crust that can be frozen and reheated without becoming
rigid. There are frozen pizzas with raw ingredients and self- rising crusts.

RECIPES FOR THE CRUST
i. 1-2 tablespoons corn meal
ii. 1 cup whole wheat flour
iii. 1 1/3 cups warm water
iv. 1 teaspoon of salt
v. 1 packet quick rising active dry yeast (1/4 ounce)
vi. 2-3 cups un-bleached flour
vii. 1 tablespoon olive oil

PROCEDURES IN PREPARING THE CRUST
1. Add the water into a clean large bowl, sprinkle in the yeast and stir for it to be well combined, set aside for 5minutes for the yeast to become foamy.
2. Add the oil, salt and the whole wheat flour, while stirring add enough un-bleached flour (1/2 cup at a time) to make a soft dough.
3. Turn the dough out into lightly floured surface, knead for 10minutes till the dough becomes smooth and elastic ( add unbleached flour as necessary), cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for 15minutes.
4. Pre-heat the oven to 450 degree, coat a large baking sheet with a non-stick spray, sprinkle in lightly the corn meal and set aside.
5. Using your hands ( wash clean before using), shape the dough into a 16″ Round crust, carefully transfer it to the prepared baking sheet.

RECIPES FOR THE PEPPER TOPPING
i. 2 sweet yellow, red or green pepper ( well seeded, roasted, peeled and cut into thin strips)
ii. 3/4 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
iii. 1/4 cup of sliced black olives
iv. 1 clove of garlic ( minced)
v. 1 tablespoon fine chopped fresh oregano
vi. 2 plum of tomatoes (thinly sliced)

PROCEDURES IN MAKING THE PEPPER TOPPING
1. Sprinkle the crust with garlic, tomatoes and the oregano, top it with the mozzarella, peppers and the olive.
2. Bake it on the bottom rack of the oven for 12-15 minutes or more depending on when the crust becomes crispy and highly browned. Then bring it out and serve.

N/B: The standard recipes for this is 202 calories of 13g fat which is (58% of calories)
The fat to firm makeover is 149 calories at 4g fat which is (24% of calories).

This pizza is highly healthy food, if only you can avoid fatty toppings.

Healthy Eating

HEALTHY EATING PART 10 (TOP 10 HEALING FOODS)

OUR SPIRITUAL FOOD
“SATAN HAS LOST HIS POWER”
And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name (Luke 10:17).
Satan has lost his right to this world! You never have to fight or struggle with him! When he shows up, or you perceive that he’s stirring trouble around you,
cast him out! Thats what James 4:7 says. Wow! What authority have has been given unto Us of Our Father.

To the main subject of the day, today is another day inwhich i will be discussing on “Healthy Eating Tips (Part 10)”

Eating variety of foods does not guarantee all the nutrients you need, in the body, Rather, Eat foods that prevent disease and aid Healing.

Start the year by filling your kitchen with these “Top 10 Healing Foods”

1. CHICKEN BREAST: (WITHOUT SKIN), FOR MORE ENERGY AND PROTEIN AND WEIGHTLOSS.
The protein in this staple diet can prevent you from the negative effect of Serotonim. The vitamin B in Chicken breast is a great source of energy which helps in burning fat in the body.

2. BLACK BEANS:TO FIGHT TYPE 2 DIABETES.
Beans are rich in resistant starch, a carb your body can not break down, so it does not raise blood glucose levels. Besides, as the bacteria in your gut ferment resistant starch, they produce compounds that appear to improve insulin resistance. Black beans is also good for cancer protection, digestion.

3. TOMATO SAUCE: FOR STURDIER BONES.
Giving the banana a run for its money, 1 cup of tomato sauce serves 17% of your daily quota of potassium, which supports your skeleton by buffering acid that can leach calcium from your bones. Also good for, cancer protection and heart health.

4. FAT-FREE OR 1% MILK: FOR STURDIER BONES.
Calcium and vitamin D are its most lauded nutrients, but milk is also rich in potassium, protein and other nutrients needed to break-proof your bones. Its good for, Muscle growth and weightloss.

5. APPLES: TO PROTECT YOUR HEART.
A daily apple delivers a double dose of heart disease protection. Fiber .sweeps out cholesterol, and polyphenols shield remaining cholesterol from free-radical assaults. A 40% decrease in “bad” LDL cholesterol. Also good for, Asthma, digestion and weightloss.

6. UNSWEETENED COCOA: TO PROTECT YOUR HEART.
Cocoa is a superstar source of flavonols, which relax arteries and reduce blood pressure. Mix some into yogurt for a healthy kick. Also good for Brain health.

7. EGGS: FOR YOUR VISION.
For am omelet that earns its eye health halo, go whole. The yolks store the bulk of nutrients, such as zeaxanthin, lutein, vitamin D, iron and zinc. Also good for Blood sugar control and Brain health.

8. STRAWBERRIES: TO PREVENT CANCER. The magic ingredient in these berries is fisetin, which halts the growth of cancerous cells while diminishing tumors’ blood supply. Also good for blood sugar control and brain health.

9. COLLARD GREENS: FOR YOUR VISION.
These leafies are packed with two antioxidants-zeaxanthin and lutein that are abundant in the retinas of your eyes. Eating more of these nutrients may help protect against macular degeneration and cataracts. Also its good for Bone health and cancer protection.

10. PLAIN YOGURT: TO PREVENT CANCER.
A 2011 International Journal of Cancer study revealed that people who ate the most yogurt were 35% less likely to develop colon cancer. Other research finds that dairy has a protein that encourages DNA repair. Also its good for Digestion and Healthy blood pressure.

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (MAINTAINING THAT GOOD BREATH)

Halitosis affects how you feel about yourself, not to mention how others perceive you. Bad
breath is mostly caused by bacteria that breeds inside your mouth, it can also be caused by
smelly food like onion, garlic, and
some spices can also cause bad breath.

The odour lingers while food particles stay in your mouth but these foods give you a double whammy, once they make it through your system, their stinks
chemicals travels through your blood stream to the lungs when you breathe them out.

Here are few tips on how to maintain a good and fresh breath:

1. BRUSH YOUR TEETH OCCASIONALLY WITH BAKING SODA.
The bacteria that causes bad breath thrive in
an acidic oral environment.
Brushing your teeth with baking soda helps to neutralize excess acids found in the oral cavity.

2. EAT FOOD RICH IN FIBER.
High fiber food actually helps prevent
halitosis. Avoid eating heavily
processed food that contains refined carbohydrates such as cookies, cakes, sweet and ice cream.

3. USE MOUTH WASH.
Some mouth wash or oral rinses are effective at preventing bad
breath, however you should never use alcohol based mouth washes because the alcohol makes the mouth very dry which would actually make the problem worse.

4. AVOID DRY MEDICATIONS.
Try not to take anti-depressants, pain reliever and antihistamine unless it is medically necessary.
These drugs inhibit saliva flow and can cause chronic dry
mouth.

5. CLEAN YOUR MOUTH AFTER EATING MEAT, FISH OR DAIRY PRODUCTS.
Practicing consistent and thorough oral hygiene is an effective prevention tool.

6. BREATH THROUGH YOUR NOSE
INSTEAD OF YOUR MOUTH.
Try to address any snoring or sleeping
apnea issues that could be affecting your breath and
causing dry mouth.

7. STOP SMOKING.
Studies have shown that smokers are at
higher risk of developing
periodontal disease.
Furthermore, people who smoke may also engage in other habits that promote this condition such
as drinking alcohol and suffering from chronic anxiety conditions that require exacerbating
prescription medication.

8.KEEP YOUR MOUTH POSTED BY DRINKING PLENTY OF WATER.
Proper oral care brush and floss your teeth at least twice a
day, be sure to get a tooth brush with soft bristles and also use
fluoride toothpaste.
Brushing and flossing helps to remove any
food and plaque which can be used as fuel source by the
anaerobic, sulfur
producing bacteria that are at the root of these problems.

9. TAKE A DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS.
Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin D
and Vitamin B are effective at helping your body eliminate
excess mucus and toxins naturally.

Healthy Eating Tips

HEALTHY EATING PART 8 (HOW CARBOHYDRATE-RICH FOOD IS ESSENTIAL TO THE BODY)

OUR SPIRITUAL FOOD
“WALK IN LOVE”
A new commandment i give unto you, that ye love one another; as i have loved you, that ye also love one another John 13:34

Dear Readers, here is another exciting sub Post from the Topic Healthy Eating Part 8 “How Carbohydrate-Rich Food Is Essential To The Body”

Carbohydrate is seen as the culprits behind the epidemic of diabetes and obesity by many people.

One of the major misconception is that carbohydrate-rich food contain too much sugar and its harmful to the body.
The truth is that, the sugar deposited in the plant food is a natural sugar or simple sugar and not the processed sugar.
The sugar derive from plant food rich in carbohydrate is the best and its suitable for the body cell.
Besides, the supposed harm of carbohydrate-rich foods are created by man rather than what is suppose to be inherited naturally from this plant foods invariably, what many people consumed are refined carbohydrates, which is poisonous to the body cells and tissues thereby creating room for different diseases to occur.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), about 68% of death that occurred in 2008 were attributed to killer diseases such as stroke, heart disease, cancers, type 2 diabetes and obesity for which poor diets were contributing factors but those who live in societies that eat healthy plant-based diets rarely encounter these ailments.

Dr. Frank Shallenberger, M.D also stated that “regular eating of refined carbohydrates can make the liver become insulin resistant and has trouble regulating the level of sugar in the blood system.
As a matter of fact, carbohydrate-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables with medium glycemic index should constitute 50-80% of our daily calorie intake.

REASONS WHY CARBOHYDRATE-RICH FOODS SHOULD BE TAKEN DAILY
1. FOR ENERGY: Carbohydrate-rich foods supply the cell in the body with glucose to produce energy. The brain and the heart never sleep, they need constant supply of glucose derive from carbohydrate-rich foods to function properly.
The brain alone uses about 15-20% of energy in the body while it also uses about 25-30% of inhaled oxygen.

2. FOR FIBRE: The health benefits of high fibre diet can not be over emphasize, especially for the prevention and healing of cancer, obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
Fibre also act like a cleanser, thereby sweeping metabolic wastes out of the digestive system.
A study publish in nature’s journal obesity, showed that increase in soluble fibre reduce the amount of deep belly fat resistance, fatty liver disease and type 2 diabetes.
Specifically, there is no way we can up our fibre intake without increasing the consumption of carbohydrate-rich foods, since its the only source of fibre.

3. PH BALANCE: The human body need about 20% acidic food and 80% alkaline foods to maintain a proper PH balance. It is impossoble to maintain a PH balance with low intake of carbohydrate-rich foods.
Basically, the animal products we consume contain protein and fat, while carbohydrate food plant are the source of healthy alkaline foods to ensure PH balance and proper functions of the body organs.

To be candid, we need to consume much raw foods.
Raw foods contain high percent of unrefined carbohydrate. The only plant foods that can be eaten in raw form are Fruits, some Vegetables, such as Carrot, Cucumbers, Orange, Garden Egg, e.t.c.
There is nothing as good as eating raw food, it is a guaranteed means of maintaining a sound and healthy body.
Raw food restore dead cells, it provide sufficient oxygen and repairs damage tissue in the body.

N/B: Our take home message after reading this article, should be “More Carbohydrate, More Health”.

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE ( Pegan Diet: Is It Paleo or Vegan Diet? What Is It Actually?)

Thousands of different diets are circulating through the internet in recent years, each promising exceptional results – but only a few of them are truly delivering on their promises. The Pegan Diet is a term that has been rising in popularity recently, and many, people have adapted to this diet. The diet mixes the healthiest elements of both the Paleo and Vegan diet; thus creating a diet that ensures the dieter achieves a perfect balance between nutrition, healthy fats and other essential compounds that the body needs to not only be healthy but also to function better. In this post, we’d like to focus on what exactly the Pegan diet is, as well as take a look at its benefits and drawbacks, to help you make a more informed decision as to whether or not this diet is suitable for you.

               What Is The Pegan Diet

Before we take a look at the pros and cons, as well as the food choices that you can choose from when you follow the Pegan diet, let’s take a quick look at what exactly this diet is. As we’ve mentioned previously, the diet is a combination of both a Vegan diet plan and a Paleo diet plan – many people are confused in this part as they think it is either one of the two. To better understand, let’s take a look at these two diets separately:

  • Vegan Diet – The Vegetarian Resource Group
    explains that a vegan diet is similar to a vegetarian diet, but in addition to excluding fish, poultry, and meat from their diet, vegans also exclude all kind of animal-related products from their diets and their lifestyle. This includes eggs and honey, as well as cosmetics, wool, leather and other products that contain animal by-products.
  • Paleo Diet – A Paleo diet, according to Nerd Fitness
    , is a diet that follows the tradition of “living like a caveman” about a person’s diet. This means a person who follows a Paleo diet would eat anything a caveman would be able to hunt for or gather, such as fruits and vegetables, fish, meat, seeds, and nuts. Anything that a caveman would not be able to gather or hunt for, such as cereal, candy, and pasta, should be eliminated.

CNN Health explains that the Pegan diet fundamentally requires the individual to adjust their diet in such a way that meats only account for 25% of their dietary intake and plants for the rest of the 75%. Unlike a vegan diet that would only require a vegetarian diet for weight loss, as an example, the Pegan diet would also require the person to consume some meat as well, even when used for weight loss.

The Benefits Of The Pegan Diet

Let’s take a look at some of the most beneficial advantages that you can obtain when you follow the Pegan diet.

  • The Pegan diet does not allow any dairy products to be consumed. While this might be difficult for some people to adapt to, it might have numerous benefits for you. Nutrition Studies
    explains that higher dairy intake has been linked to a higher risk of prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, and type 1 diabetes.
  • Pegan dieting
    combines the healthiest elements of the Vegan and Paleo diet without bringing along any of the adverse impacts that any of the two diets have been associated with; thus you are giving your body healthy foods that will help it function better.
  • This diet is also perfect for people who have a little extra fat that seems to be stubborn as the combination of foods often helps to reduce stubborn fat around the stomach and buttock areas.


               The Drawbacks Of The Pegan Diet

Similar to how this type of diet has numerous benefits for the dieter, we should also focus on the drawbacks that this diet has.

  • The Pegan diet completely prohibits the consumption of dairy products, which might be very difficult for some people to adapt to.
  • This diet requires the consumption of organic meats only. These meats are much more expensive than non-organic meats, which means a person would need to have a larger budget to work on if they are switching from another diet to the Pegan diet.
  • Switching from a Vegan diet to a Pegan diet can be quite difficult as 25% of all food intake should be meat in this diet, but with a Vegan lifestyle, the person would be used to completely avoiding any animal-based products, including eggs and meat.

               What’s Allowed And What’s Not?

While we have discussed the most important aspects of the Pegan diet, we should also look at the foods that are allowed and, of course, the ones that are not allowed. We’ll also share some delicious meal ideas with you to help you get started.

Allowed Foods:

  • Certain fats that are considered to be of high quality. These fats are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. It includes olive oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil.
  • Lentils, but legumes, peanuts, pinto and other types of beans are not allowed.
  • Healthy grains like quinoa.
  • Grass-fed meat that comes from animals that are antibiotic-free (organic meat). Eggs, beef and other types of meat should not account for more than 25% of a person’s daily food intake.
  • Vegetables and fruit are vital for this diet and must account for 75% of all food that the person consumes daily.

Disallowed Foods:

  • Sugar should be avoided as much as possible. It is okay to consume something that contains sugar once in a while, but this should be seen as an occasional treat.
  • Dairy should be completely avoided if you intend to follow through on this diet plan as dairy might be difficult to digest.
  • Soy is also a food that should be avoided when following the Pegan diet plan.

Meal Idea

To help you get started, here are a few meal ideas that you can prepare while following the Pegan diet plan:

  • Vegan Ceaser Salad
  • Falafel
  • Gluten Free Carrot Cake
  • Chicken With Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Goat Cheese and Spinach

Final Words

While both the Vegan and Paleo diet is often considered to be two excellent choices when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, many people are now turning towards a Pegan diet, which combines the best elements of these two diets in one. The diet is healthy and has numerous benefits for the dieter, and can even help to reduce your risk of obtaining certain diseases and health conditions.

Foodie Update

FOODIE UPDATE ( Are Avolattes Real? Find Out.)

There was a time when I really liked avocado. When I ate guacamole and chips like it was no big deal. That was before, of course. Before avocados became avocados, and the consumption of this once-delicious treat was like an entrée into a secret club I was in no way prepared to join. The club of hipsters, who took the simple avocado and turned it into a replacement for basically everything. Some say these crafty hipsters are even serving up hot beverages inside avocados these days. A few skeptics don’t believe these so-called avolattes are real, but I know me a few hipsters. And honestly, I put nothing past them.

According to Cosmopolitan, a cafe in Australia has started serving up warm beverages in the hollowed out husk of an avocado. The Truman Cafe in Melbourne — a vegetarian/vegan restaurant — is reportedly the culprit behind the unique avolatte. Apparently, they like to serve up a perfectly yummy latte inside something they were meant to throw into the compost bin like a bunch of earth-friendly hooligans. I don’t know what makes me scratch my head more about this — the fact that avocados have somehow taken over yet another food and beverage domain or the name the good folks at the Truman Cafe use for the avocado husk: the “vegan cup.”

Whether or not the avolatte takes off in the good old U.S. of A. remains to be seen. Judging by much of the response on the internet, decider of all things, it could really go either way at this point. Some are ready to embrace all questionable trends from 2017, and the two that seem to be going together are lattes served in avocados and rompers for men. Will wonders never cease?

Foodie Naija Update

FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (Try good nutrition to enhance your life)

It is the considered opinion that people must re-evaluate and strive to improve their knowledge nutrition with a view to ultimately improving their health and attaining the goal of a long and healthy life.

If you value life, longevity and cherish living a productive adult life it is incumbent upon you to learn the basic nutritional tips with a view to enhancing your lifestyle. The reason for this is not far -fetched because experts in nutrition, dietetics and food safety are unanimous on the functionality of food which we savour and enjoy without qualms. The experts advise that your dietary choices must be designed to nourish and sustain your body if you must avert illness.

According to the Head of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Hospital Abuja, Mrs Sarah Abagai, people engaging in unwholesome dietary practices are simply waging war against their own health, and poor dietary habits of many people have resulted in disease conditions they are not even aware of. She went further to say that a lot of people hardly realize the harm they are doing to themselves for failing to get useful and practical information on concise and culturally relevant nutritional information.

She added that food is the source of all that sustains or shortens life, depending on its contents and that it takes awareness for people in both urban and rural areas to develop and practice healthy eating habits.

Bothered about the wide gap that exists in the flow of nutritional information that Nigerians can relate to, for its accessibility and affordability she has picked up the gauntlet to champion the spread of necessary and relevant nutritional information in the light of her interactions with the public. This, she has done admirably by writing a 226-page book on the basic concepts of healthy nutrition so as to reveal the secrets of eating to live in an ever dynamic society such as Nigeria. Nigerians have the opportunity to read through a relevant literature on nutrition and dietetics so as to be able to live “physically vigorous, mentally and emotionally healthy long lives. The timeliness of such a literature on nutrition and dietetics cannot be over emphasized  in view the current challenges  of living that raise the  surge in the quest for practical and useful information on nutrition  considering the fact that  Nigeria has more than a fair share of  epidemic of lifestyle diseases the world over.

Experts say that the physical activities people tend to avoid nowadays   are essential to the overall healthy living apart from the lifestyle enhancing foods that abound locally. A specialist in diabetes and the Medical Director of Wuse General Hospital, Dr Bashir Mijinyawa pointed out that the right eating habits are far much better than going to gym and fitness centers in the management and control of diabetes. In other words, what people eat must be life-enhancing  even if they are interested in taking their physical exercises.

 

Food

CREAMY PEPPER DIP

                                      OUR SPIRITUAL FOOD
“LOVE THE MEASUREMENT OF YOUR SPIRITUAL MATURITY”
Your maturity as a Christian is measured by the love of God that you express to others.
The new creation is created to love not to hate. You can only give what you have and the more you have a thing, the more you give. So therefore learn to love and give more often than you receive.

Hello again, I am back. Now let’s get on with today’s article.
Today’s article is on “CREAMY PEPPER DIP”.
The key to a delicious low- fat dip is switching from high fat cream cheese and yogurt to non-fat versions. Now when I am preparing this dip I love it with fresh cut red peppers, carrots and celery. Most times I use broccoli as well. This is one dip I just get addicted to most of the time. You too can give it a try. Stay back and relax while we get it going.
THINGS YOU NEED KNOW ABOUT CREAMY PEPPER DIP
Creamy Pepper Dip’s Standard Recipes contains 105 calories from 10g fat (58% of calories). While it’s Fat Make Over contains 100 calories from 1.8g fat (16% calories).
NUTRITION FACTS
1g Protein
4% Vitamin A
10% Vitamin C
2% Calcium
5g Carbohydrate (2%)
5g Cholesterol (2%)
Remember the amount per-serving is 105 calories from 58-60 percent daily values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower, it all depends on your calorie needs. All set now down to the main biz.

RECIPES
i. 1 red onion (well chopped)
ii. 2 teaspoons olive oil
iii. ¾ cup drained water
iv. Packed chopped roasted red peppers
v. 3 ounces non-fat cream cheese
vi. 6 tablespoons non-fat plain yogurt
vii. 2 tablespoons fat-free Italian dressing.
viii. 2 carrots (not necessary needed)
ix. Celery (for garnishing)

 

x. 2 cups mayonnaise

xi. 1 cup buttermilk

xii. 2 teaspoons garlic salt

xiii. Assorted fresh vegetables (for serving)

xiv. Ridged potato chips

 
PROCEDURES
1. In a clean small no-stick skillet oven, set a medium-high heat and sauté the onions in the oil for 6-8 minutes or till it becomes tender.
2. Transfer it to a food processor and add the peppers, cream cheese, yogurt, mayonnaise, buttermilk  and carrots and dressing.
3. Process until they become smooth, after that transfer into a clean serving bowl, cover it and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving it. While serving you can add the celery (if you want)
This Makes 8 Servings

Serve with any vegetables or with potato chips.
Well done, that’s it. You are there! Enjoy your dip. Till next Thursday.
This is where I drop my pen. Bye for now.

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Fanta And Sprite: – How Fit For Consumption?

Relevant Facts:

  1. By an amended Writ of Summons and Statement of Claim sealed out of the High Court of Lagos State, Nigeria Fijabi Adebo Holdings Limited and its alter ego, Dr. Emmanuel Fijabi Adebo (“Claimants”) filed the suit against Nigerian Bottling Company Plc and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (“1st and 2nd Defendants”) and sought for declarative as well as monetary reliefs. The principal relief of the Plaintiffs was for a declaration by the Court that the 1st Defendant was negligent and breached the duty of care owed to their valued customers and consumers which includes the Claimants in the production of contaminated Fanta and Sprite soft drinks with excessive benzoic and sunset yellow addictives. The crux of the Claimants case upon their pleadings was that sometime in 2007, the 1st Claimant purchased from the 1st Defendant, large quantities of its products; Coca Cola, Fanta Orange, Sprite, Fanta Lemon, Fanta pineapple and Soda Water for export to the United Kingdom for retail purposes and supply to their valued customers in the United Kingdom. The Claimants further asserted that when the first consignment of the soft drinks from the 1st Defendant arrived in the United Kingdom, they were subjected to laboratory test by the Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council’s Trading Standard Department of Environment and Economy Directorate and the products were found to have excessive levels of Sunset Yellow and Benzoic Acid which are unsafe for human consumption as the addictives are probable cause for cancer. Consequently, premised on the findings of the United Kingdom food control agency and collaborated by the Coca Cola European Union, the consignments were destroyed and as a result the Claimants lost huge sums of money.
  2. The Claimants further contended that the 1st Defendant knew that the products were for export and that the 1st Defendant by making Fanta and Sprite products which were unfit for human consumption, especially as the Benzoic acid and Sunset Yellow contents were far above the recommended level for safe human consumption, the 1st Defendant was negligent and by extension of same material facts, the 2nd Defendant was negligent in carrying out its duties of proper and diligent administration and control of food and drugs in Nigeria. The Claimants urged the Court to find and hold that the Defendants were negligent and hence liable to them in damages. It is important to mention that the main evidence relied upon by the Claimants in urging the Court to find and hold that the Defendants, particularly the 1st Defendant was negligent, hence liable in damages, was the laboratory test result issued by the United Kingdom food control agency. A poring of the said report will reveal that it recognized that although the level of the chemical addictives in the 1st Defendant’s soft drinks exported to the United Kingdom by the Claimant was in excess of the United Kingdom approved limit, the benzoic acid and sunset yellow addictives levels in soft drinks are country specific; hence different countries have different limits for the addictives.
  3. It is also pertinent to state at this point that the 2nd Defendant did not file any defence, however its personnel (Head of its Laboratory) was subpoenaed by the 1st Defendant as a witness. In its testimony while analyzing the result of its laboratory examination of the 1st Defendant’s products as ordered by the Court, the witness stated unequivocally that the chemical component particularly the benzoic acid in the 1st Defendant’s soft drinks is satisfactory and within prescribed national limit for human consumption. The witness went on to state that the sunset yellow addictive has no limit in Nigeria and that the percentage of the sunset yellow found in the 1st Defendant’s soft drinks was accordingly safe for consumption in Nigeria.

The Decision:

Upon considering the totality of the pleadings and evidence adduced in the case, particularly as it relates to the Claimants’ onus to prove that the 1st Defendant was negligent and liable to them in damages, the Honourable Court in its very well considered judgment of 15 February, 2017 per Honourable Justice (Mrs.) A.A Oyebanji, held that there was no breach of the duty of care by the 1st Defendant and consequently the 1st Defendant was not liable to the Claimants in damages. The Honourable Court pronounced this at pages 18 -20 of its judgment as follows:

“Considering the totality of the pleadings and evidence led in this case particularly Exhibits C, C1 and C2, the certificates issued by the 2nd Defendant to the 1st Defendant certifying the 1st Defendant’s soft drinks, Exhibit D1 issued by the 2nd Defendant pursuant to orders of the Court and the testimony of DW2 before this Court, all of which are to the effect that all soft drinks manufactured by the 1st Defendant were certified by the 2ndDefendant (the regulatory body charged with the responsibility of setting standards for the manufacture of consumable products in Nigeria) as being fit for human consumption, the chemical component of same being within acceptable limits, the Court has therefore come to the inevitable conclusion that there was no breach of duty of care on the part of the 1st Defendant in this case.”

In other words, based on pleadings and evidence led in this case, the 2nd Defendant having certified all soft drinks manufactured by the 1st Defendant as being fit for human consumption, the 1st Defendant cannot in the circumstance be held to have breached its duty of care to the Claimants because of the chemical component of the said products. The Court would have arrived at a totally different conclusion if Exhibits C, C1 and C2 were not issued by the 2nd Defendant in favour of the 1st Defendant.

May I add that from the pleadings and evidence led in this case, it is manifest that the regulation governing the chemical component of Coca Cola products in Nigeria is different from that which is applicable in the United Kingdom. Whilst it was the Claimants’ case that the product bought from the 1st Defendant was exported to the United Kingdom with the knowledge of the 1st Defendant, the 1st Defendant has vehemently denied being aware of such export stating that its products are meant for consumption in Nigeria and that there was a different Coca Cola franchise holder in the United Kingdom. The position of the law remains that he who asserts must prove.

In the instant case, the Claimants have not led any evidence or exhibited any document to substantiate the allegation that the 1st Defendant was aware that the products bought were for export.

Naija Foodie Update

FOODIE UPDATE (FOOD SAFETY AND REGULATORY AUTHORITY IS A MUST IN AFRICA)

Some three years back there was a debate around the use of brine solution on chicken that is sold in fast food retail stores across the country. At the time we requested the Ministry of Health, which is the only regulatory authority, to provide us with specifications on the amount of brine that can be applied on chicken and other food
items such as beef.

There were no answers forthcoming from the ministry, except a brief statement that the companies using brine solution should do it with care.
This week, the Minister of Health, Dorcas Makgato stated that the some imported foods are responsible for the spread of non-
communicable diseases. Our country imports more than 50% of food items from neighbouring countries, especially South Africa.

Such imports include chicken, pork
and vegetables among others, which are not subjected to intense scrutiny when they are crossed into the country and ultimately into our plates.
Many, if not all fast food retail stores originate from South Africa, their preferred destination for importing food items including chicken, and pork and even beef,
which is in abundance in Botswana.

It is against this backdrop that we call for strengthening of laws and establishment of Food Regulatory Authority or Commission that will be mandated with ensuring that all the food that is in circulation in Botswana is safe for consumption. The body can go for benchmarking exercises in developed countries such as in the European Union where public safety is given priority than
anything else.

The body should set safe limits of
ingredients in food items and drink beverages, and any chemical or colourant found in food items. We should always remember the China infant milk scandal of 2008; the UK sausage scandal of
2012 and Robertsons spice
scandal of 2005 as events that
demonstrate the need for
comprehensive food safety laws.

The minister acknowledged
that we have good policies but many of them need to be strengthened and harmonised and responsive to current and emerging issues. As matter of fact, the minister was too embarrassed to state that several agencies scattered across ministries
mandated to protect the consumer are not effective.
These policies can only be enforced by an Authority that dedicates all its time to ensuring that the public is protected from
unscrupulous traders and individuals who are bent on making quick cash at the expense of unsuspecting members of the
public.

The Authority will also ensure that traders who erase expiry dates of canned foods are severely dealt with. We have long neglected
public safety and the time to act is nay or else we will wake up when it is too late to reverse the damage.

The minister should take leadership in ensuring that this Authority is established before the end of the eleventh Parliament
and that will be her legacy.

Naija Foodie Update

FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (GTBANK FOOD AND DRINK FAIR TO BOOST SMALL BUSINESSES)

As part of its continued efforts to inspire the entrepreneurial spirit of young Nigerians, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, is currently providing opportunities to more
than 100 small businesses in Nigeria’s Food Industry through provision of free storefronts at the GTBank Food and Drink taking place in Lagos to commemorate the 2017 Worker’s Day.

The two-day event offers small businesses in the Nigerian Food Industry a free and vibrant platform to connect with a wider
segment of their target markets as well as experts in their business fields. Promoters of the fair told journalists in Lagos on Friday that the 2016 edition had over 90 exhibitors from the food sector and attracted more than 25,000 guests.

They promised that the 2017 edition will expand on the favourite features of the previous
event, such as MasterClasses led by
internationally renowned Chefs and Sales Exhibitions by small businesses. Assistant Manager and Group Head, Communications & External Affairs at the bank, Oyinade Adegite, said: “It will also
provide new and exciting features such as a Farmers’ Market, where SMEs involved in agriculture will showcase and sell fresh and
organic farm products, and a Baking Masterclass for children kids.

There will also be a diverse range of restaurants offering mouth-watering dishes, outdoor grills and thrilling entertainment as well as savoury wine tastings to enable attendees experience an exciting and eclectic mix of undiscovered brands and household names alike.

She further added that the exhibition will be free to attend and guaranteed an unparalleled food experience for everyone,
pointing out that all that is involved is online registration
It was also revealed at the press briefing that a wide variety of cuisines at the fair would be such that one can munch his or her way around the world.

“If you are a food lover, get set to loosen your belt for the gastronomic delights that will be served by a diverse range of restaurants offering mouth-watering dishes. If you love drinks, then prep your taste buds for savoury wine tastings and finely mixed cocktails.

“At the heart of the Food and Drink fair is the exhibition and sales by over hundred SMEs in the Nigerian food industry. Geared
towards promoting indigenous agriculture and supporting small businesses, the Exhibition will provide a platform for SMEs to showcase a wide variety of products ranging from fresh organic groceries to dry foods, confectionary and pastries, ready to eat consumables and drinks as well as top quality crockery,” she stated.

Meanwhile, in an earlier statement, the organisers had stated that there would be
cooking master classes, with the masters of cooking, including internationally renowned chef, Raphael Duntoye, chef patron of la petite maison, famous food and
fitness expert Kevin Curry and pop-up restaurateur – Lerato Umah-Shaylor. “Nothing better embellishes delicious foods than watching celebrity chefs prepare them live, and that’s exactly what you will get at the GTBank Food and Drink MasterClasses.

The MasterClasses will be led by
internationally renowned Chefs, such as, Raphael Duntoye, chef patron of la petite maison, famous food and fitness expert Kevin Curry, TV chef and pop-up restaurateur Lerato Umah-Shaylor and renowned food blogger, Jehan Powell.

Other Masterchef headliners include Ronke Edoho, founder of 9jafoodie.com, Nkesi Enyioha, owner of HSE Café, Chef Abiola
Akanji of Red Dish Chronicles and Chef Benedict Okuzu, the West African Chef Ambassador for German home appliance brand, “Miele.”

Naija Foodie Update

FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (CONTEC AGRO TO INVEST $360m IN ORGANIC LABS IN NIGERIA)

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Appoint EFCC Chair Outside the Police CONTEC Agro to Invest $360m in Organic Labs in Nigeria
Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja
Chairman of CONTEC Global Agro Limited (CGAL), a subsidiary of CONTEC Global Group, Dr. Benoy Berry has said the company plans
to boost food security in Nigeria by setting up $10 million organic agro-labs in each of the 36 states before 2018.

He made this declaration after he was conferred with Outstanding Achievement in Food Security by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Abuja. The leadership
award was received on his behalf by the Executive Director, CGAL, Ms Farida Adam.
He dedicated the award to the entire Nigeria farmers, saying it was a great accomplishment to be honoured by one of the most important bodies in Nigeria.

“For us at CONTEC Global Group, this award represents the most important endorsement of the services we offer to Nigerians and other nationals across various critical sectors including Agriculture, Energy, Information Technology, Oil & Gas and Hospitality.

“If hunger is to be banished from Nigeria, we must think organic farming. That is why we are investing N20 billion into the sector to address hunger, malnutrition and food security,” Berry said.

He called for concerted efforts in organic agriculture especially by multinational companies and well to do Nigerians, saying the need to invest in agriculture has become more expedient as Nigeria’s population is expected to hit 450 million at the turn of 2030.

He said: “We have consciously laid the foundation since we commenced production of organic agriculture inputs four years ago through massive investment
of N20 billion to herald a new culture in Nigeria’s agriculture, from our world class research facilities in Maitama district of
Abuja, for higher crop yields”.

To achieve the company’s goal in food security drive, he said a sustainable template has been designed to increase crop yields through production of only
organic inputs for over 50,000 farmers this planting season.
He said the company is spurred to
delivering unique, natural products that improve crop yield and quality while protecting the soil from harmful effects of
chemical based agriculture.

Meanwhile Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has commended Berry for
his bold strides in organic agriculture to banish hunger from the country. Amosun, who was also awarded NUJ Governor for 2016, has pledged to partner
CGAL for food security drive in Ogun State.