Healthy Eating

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

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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!

Naija Foodie Update

FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (PLASTIC, POISONOUS RICE FROM CHINA FLOODS NIGERIAN MARKETS)

On October 4, 2016, the Nigeria
Customs Service (NCS), through
its spokesman, Wale Adeniyi,
warned the citizenry to be on
red alert, as intelligence report
indicated that some die-hard
rice smugglers have begun
shipment of plastic rice to Africa
from China in what was clearly a
selfish move aimed at swelling
their profits, regardless of the
consequences of their poisonous imports.

He likened the food fraudsters to fake drug dealers who do not mind poisoning an entire community as long as they make huge profits from their unwholesome trade.
Though the warning about the
food crime sounded like a wild
joke, it was important because
Nigeria remains the highest
consumer of parboiled rice in
the West African sub-region.

This means there was a possibility that the bulk of the cancerous shipment would be emptied in the country through scores of unmanned borders from where smugglers invade the markets with their man- made rice.
The NCS warning, however,
confirms a recent report by
Natural News and Korean Times
that alerted that China was mass
producing plastic rice for huge
profit, pretending it was not
aware of the grave health
challenges.

According to the publications,
the plastic rice is made using a
mixture of sweet potatoes and
synthetic resin (plastic). These
ingredients are mixed together
and formed into “grains” which
very closely resemble natural
grains of rice.

The rice substitute is then sprayed with a fragrance to mimic the smell of Wuchang rice (a more
expensive brand in high demand), making it difficult to decipher between the two brands. The man-made rice looks just the same as the real deal in terms of shape and size; however, the plastic remains hard after cooking, a development nutritionists say is
dangerous to the human body.

The wuchang rice also looks like
some basmati brands from the
Indian sub-continent. It is a well-known fact that some companies use chemicals in their foods, but China’s synthetic rice, according to
reports, is fraudulently taking
the danger to a whole new level,
according to a concerned Nigeria, who prefers to be anonymous.

“It is thought that China has
been producing this fake “Wuchang rice” for at least four
years. One Chinese official warned that eating three bowls of this man-made rice would be equivalent to ingesting one
plastic bag”, the report stated.
Findings show that China, having enjoyed patronage in Asia, have shipped the inorganic rice into various African nations, especially Nigeria, where consumers rarely query products without verifiable
nutritional data.

More so, as the yuletide season
peaks, with millions of Nigerians
warming up for various celebrations, foreign rice consumption triples and the
Customs says smugglers would
latch on that window to flood
rice hubs in Daleko, Lagos, Onitsha in Anambra, Aba in Abia, Abuja and other major markets with contaminated rice which they had stored poorly for ages awaiting sales opportunities presented by the Christmas and New Year
festivities.

While many Nigerians underrate
the audacity of smugglers who
could stop at nothing to eke out
a livelihood, findings show the
Customs intelligence has began
to crystallise as some people are
beginning to see tiny pieces of
rice-shaped plastics delicately
mixed with the real white
basmati or Wuchang rice
consumed mainly by the higher
income earners in the country.
A 50kg parboiled rice sells for
N22,000 on the average but for
the adulterated wuchang rice, it
is more than double of the
stated amount.

The price disparity made the
staple food an attractive
commodity to the smugglers
such that they could adulterate
the basmati brand and make
huge profit from its sales.
Though no seizures on plastic
rice have been recorded by
either Customs or NAFDAC,
Nigerians have been told to be
cautious when buying the
staple food, especially those on
packaged as ‘basmati’.
Daily Sun’s investigations reveal
that lately, some rice dealers in
Lagos have started receiving
queries from worried customers on their shocking discovery of floating pieces of plastics whenever they wash their lovely ‘basmati’ rice prior to cooking.

A housewife in Ajao Estate in
Lagos, Toyin Oseni, in a telephone interview with Daily Sun lamented: “I bought basmati rice from the market.
But when I opened it and took
some to wash before cooking, a
good portion of it floated, while
some sank.

Naija Foodie Update

Foodie Naija Update (Foreign Investors Eye Food Sector)

Food and agribusiness could
become an “emerging sector”
for foreign investors, the
Director, Life Sciences Group
Africa, Global Exhibitions, Jamie
Hill, has said.
With a population of about
180 million, a government
aspiring to improve the gross
domestic product (GDP), Hill
said Nigeria offers enormous
growth potential across a
number of different sectors.
Hill said the drivers for
investments in the agric and
food sectors were very strong
and favourable and he expects
that growth to continue.
He said the nation would
continue to see strong interest
and investment from abroad
and the foreign investors
would find the food sector in
the country attractive.
According to him, improving
the nation’s food sector is
critical given an ever-
increasing demand for food.
In line with this, he said his
organisation zeroed on food
safety during its just concluded
Food Nigeria exhibition since
it has become an issue of
concern for international food
firms in export.
He explained that the
exhibition provided a platform
for international and regional
food and beverage companies
to network and cultivate
business ties.

Naija Foodie Update

Foodie Naija Update (Foreign Investors Eye Food Sector)

Food and agribusiness could
become an “emerging sector”
for foreign investors, the
Director, Life Sciences Group
Africa, Global Exhibitions, Jamie
Hill, has said.
With a population of about
180 million, a government
aspiring to improve the gross
domestic product (GDP), Hill
said Nigeria offers enormous
growth potential across a
number of different sectors.
Hill said the drivers for
investments in the agric and
food sectors were very strong
and favourable and he expects
that growth to continue.
He said the nation would
continue to see strong interest
and investment from abroad
and the foreign investors
would find the food sector in
the country attractive.
According to him, improving
the nation’s food sector is
critical given an ever-
increasing demand for food.
In line with this, he said his
organisation zeroed on food
safety during its just concluded
Food Nigeria exhibition since
it has become an issue of
concern for international food
firms in export.
He explained that the
exhibition provided a platform
for international and regional
food and beverage companies
to network and cultivate
business ties.