While food is good for the body and necessary for survival, humans also are expected to be cautious of the meals they ingest and also the rate at which they consume these foods.
Some varieties of food, if taken excessively, are capable of causing health risks.
In no particular order here are 9 unhealthy meals that may harm you.
Noodles have been adopted into Nigeria’s stream of foods such that it is consumed by both young and old.
Nigerians opt for noodles because it’s cheap, easy and quick to cook, hence the name “instant noodles.”
Tests have revealed that noodles contain high sodium which aside being cancerous, causes heart condition and skin damage.
Eating an excessive amount of of noodles is unhealthy for digestion and it also results in obesity.
At the mention of this soup, many can salivate because it is much-loved by many Nigerians… but hold that saliva.
Egusi contains something known as phytosterols which when consumed; contend with cholesterol for absorption in the digestive system.
Also, egusi contains a high level of calories and when garnished with few chunks of stock fish and 2 pieces of meat, it has a total of roughly 700 calories per serving.
Imagine consuming it with about three wraps of eba which is about 600 calories.
Bread is widely consumed daily across the country particularly because it doesn’t have to be fried before consumption.
Bread belongs to the category of starchy foods and open consumption increases the chance of getting diabetes.
If you are taking in a hundred grams of bread, you are consuming 265 calories, especially if it is white bread.
Some Nigerian-made bread is also not utterly bromate-free.
Potassium bromate is added to help strengthen the bread dough and this chemical is cancerous.
Processed from cassava, garri is a food rich in carbohydrate; both the yellow and the white type.
Garri helps to revive lost energy but a high rate of consumption does a lot of harm than good.
A cup of garri contains about 360 calories, 95th of which are carbohydrates and any consumption with soup, meat and/or fish, will increase the amount of calories.
Consuming a good deal of starchy foods like eba is like welcoming excess weight with open arms.
Fufu is another staple food made up of cassava and its origin can be traced to Ghana.
Fufu is of good nutritional worth because it is rich in carbohydrates, protein, fat, potassium and low in cholesterol.
Some are turned off by the smell that fufu gives and the fact that it takes longer time to digest.
Research has it that each part of cassava plant contains a toxic chemical known as Linamarin.
This chemical, even after boiling the cassava, doesn’t change its state and this could be harmful during digestion.
Also, under-processing of fufu, which is rampant, has harmful implications on the health. This can be as a result of the cyanide content is not reduced to a non-toxic state.
Women and children are vulnerable to cyanide poisoning as they are usually the ones who do the processing of fufu.
Granted, plantain is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, carbohydrates and also a natural remedy for peptic ulcer.
However, plantain contains a considerable quantity of carbohydrates and a lot of calories are produced when it is fried in oil.
Also, the water content decreases once cooked and this won’t be satiating enough.
Integrating plantain into your diet is creating way for huge calorie intake. Taking 100 grams of plantain is consuming about thirty grams of carbohydrates, 15 grams of sugar and 120 calories.
Other methods of cooking plantain (aside frying) ought to be adopted if one cannot live without it.
Snacking is however, only healthy when it is done to regulate appetite and meet nutritional desires. It shouldn’t become a habit because many snack foods are high in fat, sugar, calories, and salt.
One tends to gain additional pounds through added daily calories if snacking is done out of boredom or habit.
Consuming too several sugary pastries could also result in tooth decay.
Endeavour to avoid buying pastries on the road. Home-made pastries are advisable as one is certain of the kind of oil used for the preparation.
Oil when used over time becomes acidic but most sellers tend to keep previous oil for reuse and this is often harmful to the health.
Rice is rich in carbohydrates and fairly low in calories. It is a good source of energy because it is carbohydrate-dense.
Consuming an excessive amount of carbohydrate-dense foods could cause one to eat little of other nutritious meals required for a healthy life.
Eating an excessive amount of rice could adversely affect glucose metabolism in the body.
White rice contains about four grams of fiber per cup and consuming it in excess would fill one up preventing intake of other foods.
White rice is also low in phytic acid owing to the bran which is usually removed during processing. Research has it that white rice increases the chance of getting diabetes.
It is better to consume brown rice or reduce the rate of white rice consumption.
- POUNDED YAM
A lot of Nigerians love pounded yam and it is widely consumed across the country.
Pounded yam is a source of carbohydrate and a good source of energy which contains dietary fiber that helps reduce constipation.
Pounded yam is high in calories as a small slice of yam contains about 330 calories and one tin cup of pounded yam contains about 400 calories from carbohydrates alone.
Pounded yam has the highest glycemic index compared to cooked yam and the process of arriving at pounded yam makes carbohydrates more accessible to enzymes that disintegrate the carbohydrates to glucose.
Eating pounded yam is consuming calories with no real nutrition.
Diabetic patients are advised to steer off foods with high starch and embrace foods with low starch