By Bola Kougbe
Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has said that many Nigerians die as a result of unhealthy diets.
Adewole stated this at an event organized by the Tristate Heart Foundation (THF) in Lagos. He identified local delicacies like suya, kilishi, isi-ewu and ngwo-ngwo as some of the foods that cause health problems for Nigerians.
Moreover, World Health Organization, WHO, in October 2015, warned that skewered and other processed meats can cause cancer.
“Sadly, there is widespread low consumption of proteins, fruits and vegetables and increasing patronage of fast food outlets by the population. There is also large promotion of sweetened products such as carbonated drinks, pastries, candies and other refined sugars.
“While excessive intake of salt is promoted by food additives such as monosodium glutamate common in delicacies such as suya, kilisi, isi-ewu, ngwo-ngwo, among others,” Adewole said.
The minister noted that five out of every ten adults have high blood pressure and more than half of them are not aware of their situation. He added that the consequence of neglecting hypertension is ‘stroke without warning’.
“Unless we take drastic and sustained actions, we will keep counting losses,” he said.