Buyers Beware! Fake Alcoholic Drinks In The Market

The National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted Nigerians of the prevalence of fake alcoholic drinks, especially dry in the nation’s markets.

Dr Abubakar Jimoh, its Director, Special Duties, disclosed that the agency had continued to advise consumers of alcoholic beverages to be alert and be very wary of fake and unregistered drinks.
“Drinking alcohol is bad enough and people are always advised to take it in moderation; so, the danger associated with taking a fake drink can only be imagined,” he said.

Jimoh said that the agency had taken its campaign against fake drinks into many other states in north.

He also added that Nafdac has continued to intensify the campaigns and that has resulted into some states coming up with bylaws that banned some alcoholic beverages.
“We have also raided production and drinking points of some of these dangerous drinks, especially in Edo and Delta States, because the drinks have damaged many livers, kidneys and other vital organs of the body.
“They have also led to the gradual decline in the health status of many youths and totally destroyed their capacity to contribute to societal development,” he said.

10 Foods To Boost Your Liver Function

A healthy liver plays a key role in relieving digestive issues, such as a sluggish metabolism, gas, bloating, and constipation. It regulates blood sugar levels, which, when out of balance, can cause sugar cravings, fatigue, and fuzzy thinking.
A toxic liver can lead to inflammatory diseases, such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, and autoimmune diseases. Without a healthy liver, you may suffer from hormonal imbalances that can cause headaches, mood swings, and depression. It’s time to nurture this amazing organ with foods that help it function optimally.

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Water
Water plays a vital role in every bodily function. Other than oxygen, your body needs water more than any other substance, including food, just to survive. Your body uses water to flush toxins and waste products away from your body. Usually 8 to 10 glasses (8 oz) will do the trick; try these naturally flavored water recipes to start. Just don’t overdo it—too much water can be harmful, too.
And skip the ice when you’re drinking water between meals; your body uses energy to warm the ice, diluting important digestive enzymes.

Garlic

Garlic
One of the oldest land-based medicinal foods on the planet, garlic contains an active sulfur-based compound called allicin, a critical supporter of liver detoxification. It helps the organ rid your body of mercury, certain food additives, and the hormone estrogen. It is used for many conditions related to the heart and blood system, so you may want to ignore the smell when you chew it and enjoy the health benefits.chopped-onion

Onions and Leeks

Onion and leeks have multiple health benefits. These garlic relatives contain sulfur compounds that support your liver in its production of glutathione, a compound that neutralizes free radicals.

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Eggs
Eggs provide some of the highest-quality protein, containing all eight essential amino acids, cholesterol, and the essential nutrient choline. Your liver needs these essential amino acids to perform detoxification processes. Choline, a coenzyme needed for metabolism, is found in egg yolk and protects your liver from toxins while detoxifying heavy metals.

Berries

The family of Beries such as; Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and cranberries are among nature’s superfoods because they contain phytochemicals—antioxidant-rich plant compounds that help your liver protect your body from free radicals and oxidative stress, which have been linked to chronic diseases and aging. Anthocyanin and polyphenols found in berries have been shown to inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells in the liver.

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Apples
Apples, like berries, contain powerful phenolic compounds, including flavonoids, which can fight inflammatory disease. They also contain pectin, a valuable source of soluble fiber than can help eliminate toxic buildup.

Flaxseed

Flaxseed
A great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, freshly ground flaxseed helps regulate hormone levels.

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Coconut Oil
An extremely healthy saturated fat, coconut oil is easy to digest and is almost immediately broken down by enzymes in your saliva and gastric juices. This means that your body doesn’t need to make fat-digesting enzymes, which puts less strain on your liver.

Avocado

Avocado
A vital source of monounsaturated fat rich in oleic acid, avocados contain glutathione, an essential nutrient for liver health.
Half an Avocado contains 3.4 grams of fibre, including soluble and insoluble, both of which your body needs to keep the digestive system running smoothly

Ginger

Ginger
Ginger antioxidants possess anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. Ginger supports detoxification by nourishing your liver, promoting circulation, unclogging blocked arteries, and lowering blood cholesterol by as much as 30%.

We should Bear in mind that most of the food we eat are chemically grown or preserved so regular body cleansing is a sure way to live healthy.

Event: The 3 Days Lagos International Food And Drink Festival To hold On October, 2016

Are you looking for an exciting event to attend? The biggest celebration of food, drinks, music and culture in Nigeria is here again! The Lagos International Food and Drinks Festival will hold from October 14-16, 2016 at the Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island – Lagos.

The Festival will feature a wide array of exciting activities including:
1. Indigenous cuisine and drinks sampling from over 60 Nigerian ethnic groups
2. Competitions – Cooking, Music, Dance, Eating, Drinking
3. Live musical performances renowned Nigerian artists
4. Live Comedy Shows
5. Food Art Exhibition
6. Dance performances by cultural troupes
7. Chef masterclasses
8. Children’s fun activities
9. Wine tasting
10. Seminar on Food and Nutrition
11. SMSE match-making breakout sessions
12. Exhibition and sales bazaar
13. The FoodFest & DrinkFest
14. Co-celebration of the World Food Day
15. Nigeria Food and Drink Industry Award Dinner
Gate: Free

Find out more on www.lagosfoodanddrinksfest.com

Cost: Free – Gate is Free!

Categories:  Singles &Festivals | Nightlife

Event details may change at any time, always check with the event organizer when planning to attend this event or purchase tickets.

Jumia Food Ordering Service Want You To Be Food Smart

To all food lovers and workaholics, Jumia food is turning the rest of this month into Super September!  Jumia Food is bringing your food right to your door step.

Just order the food you love from any of your favourite restaurants and have it delivered fast! Simply download the Jumia Food app or visit food.jumia.com.ng and get 30% off some of your favourite restaurants in Lagos and Abuja for the rest of this month!

Note: Offer for new customers only!!
Follow these simple steps to be food smart today:
1. Download the Jumia Food app or log onto food.jumia.com.ng;
2. Choose your location in either Lagos or Abuja;
3. Select one of the following restaurants depending on your location: Lagos – Ghana High, The Place, Shawarma & Co Abuja – Johnny Rockets, Sawadee Oriental, Chicken Capitol
4. Select the meal that catches your eye;
5. Enter the voucher code SUPERFOOD on the checkout page;
6. Sit back, relax, and welcome your food with open arms upon speedy delivery;

Don’t forget to share a picture of your Super September meal and tag us on social media @JumiaFoodNG for a chance to win a free meal voucher!

Photos Of Food Wastage In Delta State Due To Bad Roads

Despite the hard economy in the country it’s sad to see food being wasted due to heavy rains and bad road.

A lady named Adaeze Ogbuenyi is requesting for the government’s immediate intervention in Aballa Uno, Ndokwa East LGA of Delta state, to prevent further food wastage in this difficult economic period. According to her:

“These are farm produce (pictured) wasting in my home town, Aballa Uno in Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta state. Thousands of people are going hungry in Nigeria but these produce can’t get to them due to bad road. This town is a major producer of cassava, yams and plantain. Fish etc..
I want to use this medium to appeal to the NDDC, Delta state government and the Federal government to come to the rescue. The contract for this road has been awarded to Interbau company years back but nothing has been done.”

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Junior Agricultural Minister Tells Reasons Why Price Of Rice May Rise To N40,000 Per Bag

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, has indicated that without a commensurable production capacity, the price of rice may rise to N40,000 per bag by December if Nigerians fail to engage in rice farming.cuisinecuisine cuisine

Mr. Lokpobiri said that Nigeria spends about $22 billion a year on importing food, and this number could swell if the price of rice increases. In order to reverse this trend, Nigeria needs to produce goods domestically rather than relying on imports, the senator emphasized.

‎The junior minister, who made this known on Saturday at a town hall meeting with stakeholders in Bayelsa State in Yenagoa, said there was a projection that by 2050, Nigeria’s population would be 450 million. Such rapid population growth would exacerbate food insecurity, he said.

“The price of rice was N12,000 some months ago, but it is now about N26,000 and if we don’t start producing by December, it could be N40,000,” Mr. Lokpobiri explained.

“Rice matures in three months. So this is a wake up call for Bayelsa people to take the four farms we have seriously. The average land you see in Bayelsa can grow rice, so the colonial masters were not wrong in their assessment when they said the Niger Delta could feed not only Nigeria but also the entire West Africa sub-region.

“Unfortunately, agriculture today is not a priority of the Niger Delta as far as the State governments are concerned because of oil,” he said.

Source: saharareporters

Food Competition – The Chopped Junior Winner 12-Year-Old Nadjah Bray Tells What Inspired Her

One of my favourite TV programme is chopped on food network.  I felt so proud of a young 12 years old Nadja Bray who entered this food competition to support her twin autistic brothers. She is such a great cook.

She felt so proud of herself and believes the meaning of her name in Swahili which means ”Success ”as well as helping her family is her motivation. Bray also said she got into cooking to help her family deal with the added stress of having children with unique needs.

When asked what she would do should she win the $10,000 grand prize, Bray replied, “It’s hard to have younger siblings with autism, because it’s hard to communicate with them sometimes.  I want to win $10,000 because I want to make a website for older siblings that have younger siblings with autism, and I just want to help other kids out there if they’re going through what I went through.”

Bray did end up winning the competition, thanks to her excellent cooking skills, and it seems clear that she’s got a bright future ahead of her. Watch her as she expresses her joy in this video chopped junior winner

Photo credit: Foodnetwork

World Jollof Rice Day And Ten Things You Should Know About Jollof Rice

World Jollof rice day is the day set aside to celebrate this wonderful cuisine.  I remember while growing up, I usually wondered why the name ”Jollof’’ and where did it originate from?  I never thought most countries in different part of the world also enjoy making Jollof rice .

As I grew older, I realised  that people across the world adore this sumptuous meal. So if you’re a Nigerian, here are ten things you should know about Jollof rice.

Here are ten (10) things, we didn’t know about Jollof Rice;

  • The rice cuisine that is now called jollof rice is originally from the Wolof tribe that’s cuts across the Gambia and Senegal.
  • The rice cuisine is originally a fish-based recipe. But now, its normal to find jollof rice as chicken garnished.
  • The Wolof rice which is now called jollof rice is not a morning meal. It’s an evening meal.
  • The major ingredients for the meal are the tomato sauce. It gives rice to its redness.
  • Many of us don’t know that palm oil and tea-bush leaves are also part of the ingredients used for the preparation of jollof rice.
  • There is a dance that is done in honour of the cuisine.
  • The bottom of the jollof rice pot is more delicious compared to the top.
  • Homemade jollof is not as delicious as the party made jollof rice because it is over spiced with lots of condiments.
  • Jollof rice is better eaten when hot, I mean steaming hot.
  • Take note, Nothing can rival Jollof rice not even EBA (some people’s favourite).

How To Make Homemade Tomatoes Ketchup

If you’re growing Tomatoes in your garden and you have plucked too much of it, Homemade ketchup is a great way to use excess tomatoes from your garden. Although, there are many variations of Ketchup in the market but the homemade tomato variation can be healthy rather than buying. Truly, we have all eaten tomatoes Ketchup like Heinz and Maggi  so some might really find it difficult to get used to homemade Ketchup, but giving it a try is worth it.

HOW TO MAKE TOMATOES KETCHUP AT HOME

INGREDIENTS

  • Tomato Juice
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Vinegar
  • Chopped Onions
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Chopped Garlic
  • Ground Cloves
  • Powdered paprika
  • Chilli
  • Ground White Pepper
  • Colour

Preparing the Tomato Ketchup

  • Select your tomatoes for good ones
  • Immerse tomatoes (whole) in hot water for 3-6 seconds. Spray with cold water.
  • Peel off tomato skin by pulling the skin back from the blossom end
  • Remove the seed neatly with a knife
  • Pulp the tomatoes in a blender and strain
  • Heat the tomato pulp in an open pan for 1 hour
  • While boiling, add all spices and salt into the boiling puree. Add the sugar syrup.
  • Boil until you have the consistency you desire.
  • Allow the ketchup to cool.

You can serve with the food of your choice and store the rest in your refrigerator.

Most Creative Cake Ideas For Weddings Or Anniversary Occasions

Cake is sweet and contains a combination of different ingredients requiring liquid and evening agents, the beauty is often enhanced by  icing, or frosting, and toppings such as sprinkles. Cake makers create unique and creative cakes to attract new customers, and we have collected some unique and creative cakes around world.

Most of these cakes owe their artistic magic to fondant, a controversial cake decoration ingredient. Fondant can be made in various colors and consistencies, depending on the concept in mind when designing the cake.

Cake 1: Video Game Cake; This is one cake idea you can present as a gift to your husband or family friend who is a game addict. The cake comes with other items that guys usually have around them when playing a game like your phone, a can drink, game pad etc.

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Cake 2: Ajase Cooking Pot
This cake could be presented to someone on her wedding anniversary who loves cooking or is into catering business. Anyone that has been involved in one party or the other would know what this “Abase Pot” is. They are commonly used to cook food meant to be served in parties.
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Cake 3: Nikon cake; This Nikon Camera cake that come with a red velvet color is a cake to present to a photographer friend on his wedding day .

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Cake 4: Polo shirt  Cake; This is one beautiful cake men/guys would love to cut on a bachelor’s eve or guys outing.

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Cake 5: New Born Baby Cake;  I feel the concept behind this cake  might be; presenting a gift to a best friend who just had a baby or a spouse can make a gift cake like this to welcome a new baby into a family.

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