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.

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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.’’

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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.

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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 Update

The Food Standards Agency has published updated advice on how safe it is to eat raw eggs.

Health experts claim it is now safe for pregnant women, children and infants to eat raw eggs, or foods containing them.

This updated advice, which is based on scientific evidence, will please many women who have previously been told they couldn’t enjoy dishes including eggs benedict and cookie dough desserts.

Past belief was eating raw or lightly cooked eggs risked causing serious illness.

Heather Hancock, chairman of the Food Standards Agency, said: “It’s good news that now even vulnerable groups can safely eat UK eggs without needing to hard-boil them, so long as they bear the British Lion mark.

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FOODIE UPDATE (World Food Day: Everyone should embrace farming)

The Secretary, Agricultural and Rural Development Secretariat in the FCT, Mr Stanley Nzekwe, has urged residents to be actively involved in agriculture activities to ensure food security.
Nzekwe spoke in a briefing with newsmen on Sunday in Abuja as part of closing activities marking this year’s World Food Day.

According to him, active engagement in agriculture activity will help to cushion the effect of food insufficiency.
The theme of 2017 World Food Day is “Change the Future of Migration: Invest in Food Security and Rural Development.” The secretary noted that the whole essence of life revolved around food and shelter.
He said “this year’s World Food Day was anchored around President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise to Nigerians about self-sufficiency in food production and the call on us to feed ourselves.
“So, I am urging FCT residents and indeed the entire Nigerians to know that whatever you do in life is geared toward feeding your stomach.

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SHABBAT FISH (MOROCCAN FISH)

Hello Readers, I welcome you all to this
wonderful site.

Today I will be taking us to the Northern part
of Africa, Morocco to be
specific. The cuisine you are about to learn is
called “Shabbat
Fish”.

Moroccan cuisine is influenced by Morocco’s
interactions and exchanges with
other cultures and nations over the centuries.
Moroccan cuisine is typically a mix of Arabic, Andalusia, Berber and Mediterranean cuisines
with a slight European and Sub-Saharan
influence.

Morocco produces a large range of
Mediterranean fruits and vegetables and
even some tropical ones. Common meats
include beef, goat, mutton and lamb,
chicken and seafood, which serve as a base
for the cuisine. Characteristic flavourings include lemon pickle, argan oil, cold-pressed, unrefined olive
oil and dried fruits. Mediterranean Cuisine in general, the staple ingredients include wheat, which is used for bread and couscous, and olive oil, the third Mediterranean staple, the grape, is eaten as a
dessert, though a certain amount of wine is made.

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FOODIE UPDATE (Is Beef Processing Future a Meatless One?)

There’s a new burger in town, and the folks at Impossible Foods think that it’s the future of meat.

The California-based food business has announced that its Oakland plant is now online, marking the burgeoning company’s first large scale plant operation. After it ramps up, Impossible says the factory will have the capacity to churn out a million pounds of meat per month. But it’s not just any meat – these burgers are plant-based, and the company is betting 68,000 square feet on their success.

The Impossible Burger is being touted as the first plant-based “burger” that accurately emulates the flavours, textures, and aromas of real grilled hamburger meat. But the big difference is in its sustainability: Impossible’s website says that, compared to cows, their burger uses “95% less land, 74% less water, and creates 87% fewer greenhouse gas emissions.” The company hopes to create an alternative burger that relies on fewer resources but also uses science to make it “bleed” like real meat.

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Foodie Update, Healthy Eating

FOODIE UPDATE (Bird Flu Spreads)

Bird flu has continued to spread in South Africa as more cases of the outbreak were recorded in six of the nine provinces, authorities said on Sunday.

To date, more than 600,000 birds have been culled, according to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).

The recent outbreaks of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 virus have sent shock waves through the poultry industry in South Africa after it was first detected in June.

South Africa had never reported an outbreak of bird flu before.

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Foodie Update, Healthy Eating

MEAT SELLERS AND FORMALIN

I do not know how many of you received this message from a purportedly good Samaritan that meat sellers now use formalin to repel flies from meat. The message advised consumers to patronise butchers with flies around their meat as that is a clear sign of formalin-free meat.

According to the message on the social media, “People are using formalin, the chemical used to preserve dead bodies in preserving meat as it keeps flies away. When I asked a pharmacist, Capt. Kenneth, remember of UPDF, he said it is possible.”

Continuing, “This is a national public health issue. After my friend’s wife lost a baby through miscarriage and investigations showed the presence of formalin in her blood. When consumed, formalin goes to the liver and destroys it.”

Appealing to consumers, the author in the message stated, “Please, people of God, this is serious. When you go to buy meat, go to a butcher that has flies around. Use this as the only way to confirm that there is no formalin present. If the meat is without flies, what is keeping them away is formalin. Be informed. Share this information please and save life.”

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Food

FISH AND POTATO PORRIDGE FOR KIDS

In today’s article, I will be discussing on how to make “Fish and Potato Porridge For Kid”
Why Potatoes Are Good For Kids
Compared to rice and pasta, potatoes gives you a bigger bang for your buck in terms of healthy nutrition, it contains Carbohydrates and it also helps both brains and bodies and is the main source of energy for growth and sports.
It has Vitamin B, Which helps your body put carbs to work, providing energy and staying healthy, Vitamin C Essential for healthy skin, bones and hair.

POTATOES ARE NOT FATTENING

Potatoes are naturally fat-free; it’s what you put on top of them that may need to be enjoyed in moderation.
If you’re looking for lower-cal, lower-fat potatoes recipes
POTATOES ARE SATIATING

Kids get hungry so fast, so they need quality foods that will help them feel full and provide the energy they need to keep going. This is where Potatoes comes in!
Therefore, Nutrients really play an important role in the development of our body. Without proper nutrient, it really becomes difficult for us to survive. Food rich in carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals is really necessary to be a part of the diet. A diet containing all the nutrients in the proper amount is known as a balanced diet.

WHY IS FISH GOOD FOR KIDS?
Fish has a lot of high-quality protein, iron, and minerals. Some varieties (like salmon, anchovies, and sardines) contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for heart health and developing brains. Some (like salmon) even contain vitamin D, which can be hard to get through food.
Fish is rich in protein, the nutrient the body needs to build strong healthy muscles and bones as well as to help repair the scrapes and scratches that are part and parcel of growing up. Protein is needed by every part of the body, skin, hair, nails, heart, lungs as well as muscles and it is a vital nutrient for healthy development. Children need to eat protein food at lunch and dinner and fish can be a very healthy choice for them.

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Food

BASMATI JOLLOF RICE AND CHICKEN

When you hear the name Basmati Rice what comes into your mind? I’m sure by now you are reasoning why basmati rice and what is it all about? Not to worry, it’s nothing bad.

WHAT IS BASMATI RICE?

Basmati rice is one of the best known varieties of rice we have out there. The word “basmati” comes from the Sanskrit word “vasmati” which means “fragrant” or “aromatic.” Long-grained, extremely aromatic, with a light nutty flavour, basmati is mostly grown in the north of India and Pakistan, mainly using traditional growing methods. It is quite similar to long grain parboiled rice in terms of nutritional content but basmati rice is a soft rice variety hence if you try to prepare it with the method detailed for other Nigerian rice recipe, it will become disastrous!

3 PERFECT TIPS FOR BASMATI RICE

  1. You have to use the best quality Indian or Pakistani basmati rice, personally i used Tilda, but there are several other good quality brands available also.
  2. Rinse the rice with clean water, the water most not necessarily be clean like when rinsing Japanese rice. The essence of rinsing it is to get rid of some starch and to avoid sands as well. After that add little salt to the rice in the pot, before adding water for cooking. This method helps the salt absorb into the rice grains. Do not add salt after the rice is cooked, as your rice can taste salty.
  3. Use a tight fitting lid, or ideally, use aluminium foil, crimped tightly over the top of the sauce pan to make a good seal, so evaporation does not take place. The tightly covered pan lets the rice steam perfectly.
  4. I must say this, If you are to use basmati rice when preparing large quantities of rice, and add little water. It is safer to cook the rice in small batches in order to avoid it from becoming too watery. But if you still wish to cook it all at once, just add small amount not too much water when cooking ( what ever that comes out of it is all on you Lol)

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Dessert

CHEESE QUESADILLAS

A good 01 grilled cheese sandwich can sure hit the spot. The spot it hits is nothing else than the waist. Two slices of American cheese, two slices of white bread and 2tablespoon of butter add up to a hefty 27gramme of fat.
These South Western styles of quesadillas are a healthier alternative, plus they are well packed with the bright flavours of Salsa, Olive and two cheese.

STANDARD RECIPES: 414 Calories
27gramme Fat (59% of Calories)
FAT-TO-FIRM MAKEOVER: 134 Calories
3.9gramme Fat (26% of Calories

MAKES:
2 servings
TOTAL PREPARATION TIME:
20 minute.

When you hear the word Cheese Quesadilla, what should come to your mind is,
i. What kind of cheese used is in a quesadilla?
ii. What are the recipes needed in making it?
iii. How can one make cheese quesadillas?

Not to worry, I’m here for that. Just pay attention, sit back relax while I take you down to today’s article.

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Fruit Drinks

SWEET ORANGE VINAIGRETTE

Hello readers, today on the blog is, “SWEET ORANGE VINAIGRETTE”
The word Vinaigrette is made by mixing an oil with something acidic such as vinegar or lemon juice. The mixture can be enhanced with salt, herbs and/or spices. It is commonly used as a salad dressing, but can also be used as a marinade.

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