Dessert, Food, Healthy Eating


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

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

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 (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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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 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.


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


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Changing tastes and stiffening competition have forced big food companies to look for new ways to grow. The newest strategy to
promote growth is investing in innovative startups. Among the companies capitalizing on this trend are General Mills ( GIS), Kellogg Co (K), Tyson Foods Inc. (TSN) and Campbell Soup Company (CPB).

And based on recent deals, this funding craze motivated by the
need to speed up innovation and develop new products doesn’t seem to be abating any time soon, reported the Wall Street Journal. (For more, see: Tyson Foods Facing
Class Action Suit.)
For example, this past January, Kellogg’s Eighteen 94 Capital fund led a $4.2 million investment in Kuli Kuli, which makes snacks
with moringa, a leafy green tree common in Asia, Latin America and Africa. And General Mills’ venture-capital fund, 301 Inc., made a second investment of $6 million in Rhythm Superfoods, maker of “zesty nacho”- flavored kale chips.

Gobbling Up the Startups Food giants are splurging on these
investments because the startups specialize in one best practice that the legacy companies could use a few lessons in mastering how to be entrepreneurial and innovative. Due to this lethargy toward
developing new products, many big food companies have either found themselves at an impasse or tossed aside by finicky consumers eager to sample the latest choice products churned out by the young upstarts.

But the titans are trying to rectify this mistake, hence, the investing in startups. Last year Campbell Soup Co. and Tyson Foods Inc. committed $125 million and $150 million, respectively, toward their in- house venture funds, said the Journal.

Venture funds made 66 food and beverage related deals in 2016, a 20% leap from the previous year. And about a fifth of these
transactions were backed by big food companies, according to Dow Jones Venturesource.

Stealing Trade Secrets?
However, not all food companies are attempting startups. Some are deliberately taking a time out to focus and re-strategize their next move. In the case of Nestlé SA, the
world’s largest packaged food company, it’s dropping its sales growth forecast for the next three years because it needs more time to play catch up with the changes in the industry.

Getting up to speed could take longer than expected for these food giants. Speaking to the Journal, Ryan Caldbeck, founder and chief executive of CircleUp, which connects private equity firms with food startups, said, “It’s hard for consumer companies to
step out of what they’ve been locked into for 60 or 80 years.”

According to CircleUp and cited by the Journal, “large consumer-goods companies lost $18 billion in market share to smaller competitors between 2011 and 2015.” The surge of interest in them notwithstanding, some emerging brands can’t help but feel skeptical.

“If I tell you all our trade secrets, what’s going to stop Kellogg from making their own moringa bar?” Kuli Kuli founder Lisa Curtis told the Journal, as she recalls asking
Simon Burton, the head of Kellogg’s venture capital fund.

Burton countered by adding that even though Kellogg does indeed need some help when it comes to marketing and recipe ideas for its older brands, it’s also “looking for a mutual benefit on top of the
return on investment.” Time will tell.

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Nigeria’s rice self-sufficiency
struggle has been on for a long
time now, yet the country remains
the largest importer of the staple
food commodity with an average
annual spending of about $2
billion with the bulk of the imports coming from Asian countries, mainly Thailand and India.

According to the Federal Ministry
of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) estimated
rice demand in Nigeria reaches 6.5
million MT in 2015, but less than
half of it is produced locally leading to a deficit that is being filled by imports which cost the country over $2 billion of foreign exchange per annum. This local production shortfall leave a gap 4.0 million MT that is currently being filled through formal importation of rice or illegal imports over land borders.

To address such an untenable
situation, the government of
Nigeria has proposed policy
incentives, including under its
Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) that encourages
investment in domestic paddy
production and milling with the
objective of making Nigeria self-
sufficient in rice.

The federal government of Nigeria
policy direction coincides with the
mission of the Dangote group
which has always focused on the
provision of basic need that touch
the lives of peoples. In line with
this mission and encouraged by
the clear policy commitment of the Buhari Administration, the Dangote Group are committed to making significant investment in the Nigeria Agricultural sector
including the Rice Value Chain
established the Dangote Rice
Limited (DRL) as its vehicle for the
execution of its strategy in this

Dangote Rice has a mandate to
locally produce high quality milled, parboiled rice for the Nigeria market. This goal will be achieved by sourcing the raw material (paddy) requires from the Dangote Rice Outgrower Scheme.

In ensuring this, Dangote Rice, a
subsidiary of Dangote Group multi- million naira 25,000 hectares of rice Outgrower Scheme in Sokoto State having a prospect of hundreds of thousand of employment opportunities for the rural communities inhabitants.
Sokoto state is the second after
Jigawa out of the 14 states spread
across the state where Dangote
Rice plans to operate outgrower
scheme to empower local farmers
and create job opportunities for
community dwellers and reduce
migration to the cities.

Dangote Rice Projects in the 14
states, when, operational, will
generate a significant number of
jobs and increase take-home
income for smallholder farmers, all while diversifying Nigeria’s
economy and reducing the nation’s food import bill.

By year-end 2017, Dangote Rice
plans to produce 225,000 MT of
parboiled, milled white rice. This
will allow the company to satisfy
4% of the total market demand within one year. The company’s model can then be successfully scaled to produce 1,000,000 MT of milled rice in order to satisfy 16% of the domestic market demand for rice within the next few years.

The president of Dangote Group,
Aliko Dangote never relent in its
chart for paving way for the country to become rice self sufficiency. It would be recalled
that Dangote said, Nigeria would
be self-sufficient in rice, sugar and
other commodities in 2019.
Speaking at the launching of
Sokoto rice Outgrower scheme,
Dangote said, “Agriculture remains
an important sector in our economy despite the neglect it has suffered over the years. The
uniqueness of the agricultural
sector in our economy is buttressed by crucial role it can pay in addressing the challenges of unemployment, rural-urban
migration, low level of our
industrial capacity and poor living
standards of Nigerians.”

According to him, within the next
three years Dangote Rice Limited
(DRL) is aiming to produce at least
one million tonnes of high quality
parboiled rice which will be made
available to the Nigerian market,
making the commodity affordable
to ordinary Nigerians.

“To achieve this, objective, our
plans include cultivating about
160,000 hectares of irrigable rice
farmland in selected states,
including Sokoto State that will be
cultivated to grow paddy during
two cropping-seasons per year
and achieve a minimum yield of
five to six tons per hectare.
“DRL is committed to off-taking not less than 80% of the paddy
produced by the outgrowers.

We will also develop our own farm operations to include seed
multiplication capabilities. With this ambitious programme, DRL aims to boost the local economy, create jobs along the value chain and make a significant contribution to the transformation of subsistence farms into market-oriented agribusinesses.”

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Nigeria is now the second largest rice producer in the world, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, has proclaimed.

He said this at a special interactive session with the youths organized by Citizens Support for Good Governance in Nigeria (SGGN) in Abuja during the weekend.

“No country will develop when you have to import virtually everything, including tooth pick and tissue paper. All the food we eat in this country was being imported.

So, all of the money earned was just going to buy food.
“But as I speak to you now, Nigeria just achieved the record of the second largest producer of rice in the world.

The rice revolution just started a year ago. Some of you from Nasarawa know the kind of things
going on there. A newspaper did an investigation in Kebbi and they found out that there were 48,000 new millionaires in Kebbi state alone last year for growing rice.

“This over-reliance on oil has killed this country and we cannot continue like this. So, the diversification of the economy means more money will be in the hands of ordinary Nigerians. And there will be widespread prosperity all over the country.”

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

According to a study published in the journal of clinical investigation, sugar also appears to initiate cancer growth. As reported by, 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.