Eating safe and right

October 7,2021

With a conscious and deliberate effort about what you eat, drink, see and think, you can decide on how you would look like in 20 years.

Nonchalant attitude towards what we consume poses great risks to our health.

It is quite crucial to sensitise people on what to eat, most importantly, where to get and eat it.

Nowadays, anybody can now stay in one corner of his  house, mix some things together or cook some things together and sell. Sadly, people will buy even when the seller looks filthy. This is not because of poverty but ignorance. Most people do not even know the effect of what they eat. Food is not only to stem hunger but to nourish the body. A large portion of what we eat is processed, stored and used by the body, just few are excreted.

It is shocking when  people prioritise quantity over quality.

Food should be selected with caution because it is crucial to overall health. It also determines how you will look like in 10, 20, and 40 years time. Bad food does not only affect the skin, it affects all areas of the body including the  brain. Most diseases and infections come from  what is consumed. Therefore, we should be careful on what we eat.

When we settle to eat or drink what should we look out for? Watch the environment where it is being prepared whether it is hygienically recommendable. The seller, equipment used and the appearance of the food should be noted. The assessment of food shouldn’t just be the duty of the government, individually we can contribute our own quota to the wellbeing of ourselves and the society at large, indirectly saving ourselves thousands of money in the hospital.

Here are a list of four simple steps to take both as a buyer and seller.

Firstly is cleanliness. Wash your hands, utensils and surface before, during and after cooking.

A lot of illnesses can be prevented by   maintaining cleanliness. Also, another step is the observance of  right temperature in cooking food. Food is safe when the internal temperature is enough to kill germs that can cause poisoning, infections, diseases or sicknesses. It is advisable to cook to the right temperature and degree. As a buyer, the temperature at which you eat certain food should be considered. Third, the environment where cooking takes place should be clean. Environment devoid of flying and crawling insects, dust particles, decaying or rotten items.

Lastly, it is important to use of safe clean water, fresh groceries and veggies to cook.

It is worthy of note that no matter how many times the issue of hygiene is being discussed, some people will still not listen. There are bodies like NAFDAC set up by the government to check the atrocities committed by food vendors, yet people still consume  contaminated foods.

For a better and healthier society, an attitude of  conscious consumption of good food  is important. By guarding what we eat, we save ourselves from a lot of illnesses, thereby elongating our life span. On the opposite, if care is not taken, people may not like how they would look like in 20 years as a result of bad food.

SOURCE;THE NATION

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