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Expert warns against exces­sive intake of processed food

Ilorin – 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. INSET is Prof. Babatunde Ogun­tona, Chair­man Niger­ian Bev­er­ages Pan­el.
Babatunde gave the warn­ing in Ilorin on Tues­day while speak­ing in Loko­ja on Tues­day.
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 food con­tains 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 prefers 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

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