Expert warns against excessive intake of processed food
A medical expert, Dr Femi Babatunde of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) warns that excessive consumption of processed food is detrimental to the people’s health.
Preservatives are used in all processed foods and drinks. Babatunde gave the warning in Ilorin on Tuesday while speaking in Lokoja.
The expert, who said that processed food was dangerous to health, expressed concern that most Nigerians were ignorant of what they ate, adding they only cared for fast food to satisfy their appetite.
According to him, most of the processed foods contain ingredients that can endanger human health.
“Many Nigerians are ignorantly over addicted to eating processed food which is the cause of increase in damage to their internal system.
”Only what people care for now is processed food, which is doing more harm than good to their body. People consuming processed food are killing themselves gradually.
”Laziness is promoting passion for processed food as many prefer to buy already made food than prepare it for personally,” he said.
He enjoined Nigerians to eat more of vegetables, in order to be healthy and effectively carry out their day to day activities.
Babatunde also said that food rich in fat should be avoided so as not to develop heart related diseases.
He also urged the government and health experts to make it a duty to organise programmes that would promote sound and create awareness among the public on the imperative of ensuring healthy living. (NAN) LEX/DUA