Eating good food is an important aspect of healthy living. We’ve all been taught at some point in our lives that eating balanced diet is very important for us to a healthy body system. We’ve also been told to stay away from junk foods and foods that don’t have anything good to offer our body system. Many of these foods are biscuits, candies, pastries (doughnuts, eggrolls, fish rules pies etc.), yoghurts and ice-cream and other sugar-heavy products. Most of have successfully taken this advice to heart and avoided these junk foods but unfortunately, some of the foods we use to replace the junks foods are not healthy which means we just ended up escaping from one canal only to fall into another one.
Below, I will give you reasons why you should try to reduce the amount of these foods you eat.
Also note that I am not trying to make any food sound bad or dangerous, am only advising that you take them in moderation so that our body will not be weakened by their effects and when our body is exposed to external threats, it would be able to fight them off.
The first food on the list is
Pounded yam and egusi
You may be wandering why I decided to put this salivating dish on the ‘keep away’ list. Well, in case you are starting to get pissed, just hold your horses. I will explain. Pounded yam is gotten from yam, which contains high level of starch and consuming it will cause a significant increase in your body’s glycemic index (blood sugar level). Now, for those that have actually eaten yam and pounded yam, you will notice that pounded is much sweeter than boiled yam. This is because the process involved in making pounded yam exposes the yam to some enzymes that which rapidly increases the glucose level in the yam.
Also you would find out that pounded is more belly-filling than normal yam. Pounded yam calorie level is also increased with glucose increase which means that you can become overweight if you consume pounded for four weeks straight.
Even unhealthier is when you mix it with Egusi soup. Egusi contains something called phytosterols (when you press egusi, it is oily in texture. That is the phytosterol) which competes with cholesterol for absorption in the digestive system.
Also, the calories present in egusi especially when combined with stock fish, assorted meat and the likes is roughly about 700 per soup plate. Imagine combining it one or two wraps of pounded yam which is also roughly 350-700 calories. You should calculate yourself, how heavy you would be in two weeks.
Try to eat pounded with another soup like tomato or vegetable soup and reduce the amount of pounded yam you eat. It will go a long way in helping your weight and your overall health.
Bread and beans
Bread and beans is sold in almost every corner, every joint, Bukas and even in restaurants. It is sold in every state and every city in Nigeria because of how good they taste when combined. However, the danger inherent in the combination of both foods is quite disturbing. Some beans like red beans and kidney beans contain lectins (lectin phytohaemaglutinin) for its protection which is really harmful to your intestine. They can, when ingested, flow into the bloodstream, causing diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Bread on the other hand contains lots of starch and too much sugar which can cause diabetes. Also, many bakeries in Nigeria use bromate to strengthen the bread and make it last. That’s why agege bread will be harder than bread from superstores.
Buy white beans (oloyin) and cook it yourself and make sure your bread is from a reputable bakery in the country. Also try to eat wheat bread. It is much more nutritious than white bread.
Fufu is a cassava by-product just like garri. It is a swallow that is mostly eaten in south-western Nigeria.
Strangely enough, it is actually from Ghana but just like jollof rice, Nigeria has made it it's own.
Many people actually don’t like fufu because of its smell and the duration it takes to finally digest in the body system. That’s good for them because studies and research carried out has confirmed that cassava contains a toxic chemical called Linamarin. After all the processing, the chemical is passed on to the byproducts, like garri and fufu and can cause harm to consumers because no matter how hard you cook it, it doesn’t leave the food.
Try not to eat cassava by-products often there are so many good foods out there that you can take other than fufu.
Rice (white rice)
Rice is probably the most widely consumed food in Nigeria. Anywhere that food is sold must have rice either white or jollof. It is the favorite food of children and young people. It is also used in the north as a raw material for a drink called ‘Kunu’. The consumption of white rice has been constantly condemned by researchers and health professionals especially the exported ones due to the preservatives used to keep rice for so long. Also, rice contains excess starch and sugar contents. Excessive consumption of white rice can cause diabetes and therefore should be avoided at all costs.
You can take ‘Ofada rice’ which is less harmful than white rice. Diabetes is real and affects everyone from all age groups including kids.
Dodo (fried plantain)
You may be thinking already that I must be sick for trying to get the ever delicious ‘Dodo’ into the fray.
However, I can assure you that I have made my research well and dodo deserves to be on this list.
The ripe plaintain itself contains lots of sugar that’s why it tastes so good. Then also, the amount of oil used to fry them is just too much. Constantly going to a joint to eat something like this every day means that you are increasing the risk of you having hypertension and other heart problems.
If you love ripe plantain a lot, take the boiled version. It would do you more good than taking the fried version.
Once again, I will say that eating these foods doesn’t mean that you would die in the next 7 days. You should just try to eat a little of it then make sure it’s a long time before you eat it again. Stay safe.
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