Most roadside foods are wrapped with newspapers. Example: suya, fried yam or potatoes, akara(bean cake) etc.
Most people can't do without it, infact they buy these foods on a daily basis especially suya.
While we all use newspapers for reading every morning to get acquainted with daily events happening across the city and the nation, most us are unaware of the significant health hazards newspaper foils can cause if we tend to wrap our foods it.
Wrapping food in newspapers even used for temporary or short-term food packaging can absorb oils present in food snacks and deep-fried items and when combined with newspaper ink can work as cyanide, leading to cancers and they are death trap.
Wrapping food materials in newspapers is a bad sign for your health as newspaper ink has multiple presence of bioactive substances which have negative health effects.
Also, the presence of harmful colours, pigments, binders, additives and harmful preservatives apart from chemical contaminants in the form of pathogens in used newspaper parts posing risks for human body.
Paper or cardboard boxes constituted of recycled papers are made of chemicals like phthalate which can trigger digestive problems along with extreme toxicity.
The following are dangers as a result of consuming foods on newspapers:
1. Cancer: It is a known fact that newspapers are printed with ink that is dissolved on the material with the help of chemical solvents.
Studies have indicated that printing ink present in newspapers can easily percolate into food items wrapped in newspapers or food served in them and can cause cancer.
The solvent used for the absorption of ink in newspapers is carcinogenic.
Newspapers and carboard papers used for packaging food items are made of recycled paper which is a hub of harmful chemical substitutes which leads to digestive troubles.
Recycled papers are composed of printing ink residues which are stored from earlier printing processes and they are loaded with hormone disrupting elements in the form of benzophenones and mineral oils. The substances can cause a major disruption in the reproductive cycle, particularly in women.
2. Food poisoning: Food poisoning is the result of eating food infected with bacteria, viruses, deleterious chemicals or poisonous metals such as lead or cadmium.
Food which has become contaminated with harmful bacteria does not change its colour or taste, and smells normally. Poor food handling practices in home or food outlets can result in food poisoning.
Symptoms can range from nausea, stomach cramps, diarrhoea, fever and headache and can last between 3 and 21 days. It can even result in death in very young, weak or old people.
You can still have your roadside suya and fries as you desire but let your foods be wrapped in a plastic take away plate or foil plate.
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