India: Diet consists of 50 per cent inadequate protein pattern-says 1DA

Jul 20, 2017 0

As the government continues to initiate various programmes to meet nutrition deficiency-related issues, the Indian Dietician Association (IDA) on Tuesdayrevealed that Indian diet has 50 per cent inadequate protein pattern. The fact, also supported by the Protein Foods Nutrition Development Association of India (PFNDAI), makes it necessary for people to have extra intake of protein-related food since vegetarian diets alone would not fulfill the protein requirement of the body. According to experts, the issue is a matter of concern as pregnant women would not be able to achieve optimal protein intake with exclusively vegetarian diets until they add milk to the diet. “Proteins from different sources complement each other ...

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 Nigeria: Ogbeh Insists on maintaining Global Standard in Food Production

Jul 19, 2017 0

Worried that Nigerians are indirectly eating poison because of the way food production is handled, the federal government has commenced nationwide advocacy on agricultural quality control and standards. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh during the flag off of the advocacy in Abuja lamented that despite the adherence of the country to global standard for exported agricultural product, Nigeria does not have its own standard in food production. Ogbeh said that they are not only focusing on exportation but also on what Nigerians consume and the nutrition security of the country, adding that the standard for food production in Nigeria must be the same with the global standard. He said “we are moving away from just eating much into eating well. ...

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Health Benefits of Carrots

Jul 19, 2017 0

Carrots are vegetables which varying in length from 2 inches to 3  feet and in diameter from half inch to 2 inches. The color of carrot is orange in most cases but could be white or purple. It has a crunchy texture with a slight sweet taste and a tinge of aromatic taste. ...

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 Nigeria: Fanta, Sprite Controversy – Court Dismisses NBC’s Call for Stay of Execution

Jul 18, 2017 0

A Lagos High Court has dismissed an application filed before it by the Nigeria Bottling Company Plc, NBC, seeking the order of the court to stay execution of its judgment mandating an NBC warning on its products. In February, the court ruled that the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, should mandate the NBC to include the warning on all bottles of Fanta and Sprite, soft drinks manufactured by the company. According to the judgement, the NBC must state that content in such bottles of Fanta and Sprite cannot be taken with Vitamin C as they become poisonous if taken. On Monday, the court ordered conditional stay of execution of N2 million cost awarded against NAFDAC, but ordered the agency to pay the money into an interest yielding account in the name of the Chief Registrar of the court pending the hearing and determination of the appeal filed by NAFDAC. The ruling of the judge, Adedayo Oyebanji was sequel to an application filed and argued before... ...

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UK: Govt to reduce multi-buy offer on unhealthy food to curb childhood obesity – MPs

Jul 17, 2017 0

The government must do more to reduce the number of cut-price and multi-buy offers on unhealthy food to help curb childhood obesity, a group of MPs say.  The report, by the Health Select Committee, also calls for rules on junk food advertisements to be made tougher. It argues the government’s official obesity plan contains “vague statements” that are “inadequate”. But ministers say the strategy is the world’s “most ambitious plan on childhood obesity” ...

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 Dangerous chemicals detected in macaroni and cheese powder

Jul 17, 2017 0

new study found high concentrations of potentially dangerous chemicals known as phthalates in the macaroni and cheese powder. In the small study, researchers analyzed 30 different cheese products for phthalates, a group of plastics used to make plastics more flexible a harder to break. The analysis done by the Coalition for Safer Food Processing & Packaging – the group behind KleanUpKraft.org and a consortium of environmental health advocacy groups – revealed phthalate levels were more than four times higher in macaroni and cheese powder. ...

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Artificial sweeteners linked to long-term weight gain, health problems

Jul 17, 2017 0

A new research has linked artificial sweeteners to long-term weight gain and increased risk of obesity. The findings contradict the previous findings that claimed artificial sweeteners don’t cause extra weight gain and potential health harm. It showed that artificial sweeteners or non-nutritive sweeteners may have negative effects on metabolism, gut bacteria and appetite. Artificial sweeteners are substitutes for sugar that provides a sweet taste like that of sugar while containing significantly less food energy. ...

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 Daily consumption of Tomatoes may help reduce skin cancer disease-say scientists

Jul 14, 2017 0

Tomatoes are a global staple and can be found in every kitchen across the world. In solid or liquid form, tomatoes are quite versatile when it comes to the culinary arts. Even in the health department, tomatoes have a wealth of benefits to offer, for instance, they prevent heart diseases, purify blood and remove toxins, lower bad cholesterol levels, improve eyesight, et al. A study has further cemented these benefits and encouraged daily consumption of tomatoes saying that it cuts skin cancer tumour development. Researchers at Ohio State University in the US conducted an experiment on mice through which this conclusion was made. ...

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