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Lagos State Government To Established Biggest Rice Mill In Nigeria

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it had started constructing Nigeria’s biggest rice mill, which it said, has the capacity to produce at least 16 metric tonnes per hour and 10,000 metric tonnes per annum.
When completed by December 2017, the state government said the rice mill would significantly help the state to actualise its strategic food security plan and was designed to end hunger.

The Special Adviser on Food Security, Mr. Ganiyu Sanni-Okanlawon said the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had awarded the contract for the construction of the rice mill with the capacity to  produce 16 metric tonnes per hour, though acknowledged that the state currently has the capacity to produce 2.5 metric tonnes.
He explained that the new rice mill was part of the government’s plan to increase food supply, end the vicious trend of food shortage and equally ensure food security across the state.

Event: 2017 Lagos International Food And Drink Festival

The 2nd edition of Nigeria’s biggest food and drinks-themed event- the Lagos International Food and Drinks Festival will hold April 22-23, 2017 at the National Stadium, Surulere Lagos. Billed to attract thousands of visitors and media frenzy, the festival will feature a wide array of exciting activities and promises to be a lifetime experience for everyone.

Announcing the hosting of this year’s festival at the weekend, Mr. Ike Steve, the Festival Director described the festival as 2 days of diverse, all-inclusive gastronomic exploits, plus a weekend to indulge in a lifestyle where your biggest decision will be – how do I pick which activity to attend?

A sample lineup of some fun activities to expect at the festival include-
The Food Fest
Savour the taste of mouth-watering, finger-licking delicacies from the best restaurants and food vendors in Nigeria.
The Lagos Beer Festival
Get a taste of the best of Nigeria’s contemporary brews and join us in crowning the “king of Nigerian beers” (18+)
Wine tasting
Can you taste and tell? Then come and sample a collection of the finest wines available in Nigeria.

Date: 22-23 April, 2017
Venue: National Stadium, Surulere-Lagos
Time: 9am – 10pm daily

These 5 Foods Would Help Eliminate Chronic Mouth Odour

As you may know, mouth odour can be very embarrassing and offensive. There’s nothing worse than meeting someone and realizing that your breath smells like your tuna. Why there are many causes of bad breath’ did you know that certain foods can keep your mouth fresh?

This article will cover what the common causes are and how it can be managed, especially making use of some of the foods we eat.

WebMD which is one of my favorite and informative site, simply put it that Bad breath, medically called halitosis, can result from poor dental health habits and may be a sign of other health problems.

Not brushing and flossing your teeth after meals can keep food remnants in your mouth and between teeth. Bacteria will grow on these remnant, they decay and lead to bad odor coming out of your mouth. Also poor dental hygiene can cause good amount of bad bacteria to good ones.

For healthy individuals, food odors are temporary and normal salivary flow will eliminate them within several minutes. However, those who suffer from dry mouth can not escape bad mouth odour. So let us see some ways we can eliminate it with certain types of foods.

To get started, you may want to get rid of bad bacteria in your gut first. The first step towards this is to first eliminate foods that may make mouth odour worse by causing poor balance of bacteria in your gut.

  1.  Use Antibiotics: They not only kill bad bacteria, but also destroy the beneficial organisms in your gut. This means that you have to replace the good/beneficial microorganisms after the antibiotic treatment. So, you only need to do this when absolutely necessary.
  2. Fermented Foods: The next step is to eat fermented foods such as such as cheese and yoghurt, fermented vegetables (including cabbage, turnips, eggplants, carrots), and fermented soy. These cultured foods have the ability of supplying your gut with billions of beneficial bacteria.
  3. Sugarless candies and gum. Any snack that increases saliva flow in your mouth, like sugar-free candy or gum, will help reduce odour in your mouth. The plant essential oil that’s often used for flavouring cinnamon gums and candies, known as cinnamic aldehyde, can reduce odour-causing bacteria.
  4. Wet your whistle with water. A dry mouth can make your breath pretty unbearable. In some ways, water acts like artificial saliva, since it can wash away those leftover bits of garlic bread. Keep a water bottle in your workspace your colleagues will likely thank you for it.
  5. Green tea. Green tea contains catechin, a powerful antioxidant that can fend off bacteria — remember, bacteria causes the unwanted odor.

Taking supplements should only be done to support or compensate for a nutritionally deficient diet, as you can mainly get the nutrients your body needs from the food you eat. Probiotic supplements are a great option if you don’t consume raw organic vegetables on a daily basis.

Types Of fruits To Eat That Has The lowest Sugar And Highest in sugar To Avoid

Do you know that certain fruits can pack up to 14g of sugar in less than a one-cup serving in our body? Surprise!

Oh yes, While in take of fruits is very beneficial to our health due to the amount of fiber and vitamins it contains, there are some other factors to consider such as volume of sugar it stores in our body.

Please note that fruits as well as sugar are very important to our body, however it’s also crucial to know how much fiber each fruit has, which helps negate some of the effects of the sugar content.
So below is a list of some fruits with the right amount of sugar you can eat and fruits with the amount of sugar it contains to beware of.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes
A single tomatoes contains about 40% of daily vitamin C, A and K requirement. And research shows you’d be better off eating tomatoes every day because it conntains Lycopene, a member of the vitamin A family which helps maintain prostate health. Try eating more by making homemade tomato sauce to top chicken, sandwich, and stuffed peppers.
Total sugar 2.6g

Avocado

Avocado
You won’t have to worry about your sugar intake when it comes to avocado; but be mindful of the fat. Because it’s packed with the good monounsaturated fat, it’s still high in calories, which can sneak up on you if you’re trying to lose weight.
Total sugar 0.7g

raspberries

Raspberries
These bright little berries are nutritional powerhouses. Not only do they quence your sugar cravings (without overloading your body with fructose), they also satisfy your hunger and keep you feeling full longer thanks to their high fiber content. Use plain yogurt with raspberries, snack on them plain or toss on a salad, or blend up in a smoothie: You’ll be adding a dose of vitamin C and body-protecting antioxidants to every meal.
Total sugar 4.4g

pawpaw

Papaya
Okay, so Pawpaw as it is generally called is packed with lots of benefits. Like helping your body metabolize other fruits.
Also, it can boasts an enzyme called chymopapain, which can relieve inflammation. What’s more, one cup has a whopping 144 percent of your daily value of vitamin C.
Total sugar 8g

Watermelon

Watermelon
Another food that boosts your penis health, watermelon is fairly effective in treating erectile dysfunction and maybe even preventing it. Research has shown an ingredient in watermelon called citrulline-arginine helps relax blood vessels by boosting nitric oxide (the same way Viagra does). The juice is also a potent health elixir. It’s been shown to reduce your recovery heart rate and the degree of muscle soreness.
Total sugar 6g

oranges

Oranges
Oranges are naturally high in sugar, so it’s a wise idea to eat an orange rather than drink its juice. The fiber is pretty much entirely removed by the process of juicing, so it can’t slow the absorption of sugar and thus stabilize blood sugar levels. Grab a small orange, though, and you’ll reap the benefits of vitamin C (known to lower blood pressure and the stress hormone cortisol) without rocking your blood sugar too much.
Total sugar 9g

Pineapple

Pineapples
You can taste the sugar in pineapple—it’s pretty obvious. But, it’s also the perfect addition to veggie-based smoothies because it’s got such a strong, sweet flavor. Pineapples are also the only known source of an enzyme called bromelain, which is credited for reducing inflammation in the body. Total sugar 10g

Apple

Apples
Apples are a classic power fruit because they contain fiber, some of which is soluble fiber called pectin, which forms a gel in your stomach that slows the rate of digestion. This means that, while apples are a bit high in sugar, your blood sugar won’t spike as much.
Total sugar 10g

banana-smoothie

Bananas
Bananas are loaded with digestible carbs that can fuel your workouts before you get moving and potassium to help you recover after exercise. But, they’re full of the sweet stuff and can raise your blood sugar levels since they’re mostly made of carbs and water.
Eat your banana with a fat, like nut butter; fat can slow the absorption of sugar by inhibiting how quickly food passes from your stomach to small intestines.
Total sugar 12g

red-grapes

Red grapes
Red grapes, which is the highest in sugar, contain resveratrol, an anti-inflammatory compound that helps keep your skin looking healthy and can convert excess white fat into calorie-burning beige fat. Grapes are great as it is, or frozen; just be mindful of the portion size.
Total sugar 15g

Now we have a broader knowledge of fruits to eat often. The bottom line here: Is moderation.
Please note that there are optimal times to consume fruit. If you’re really looking to limit sugar, make sure you’re not eating overly ripe fruits. The starch begins to turn into simple sugar as it ripens, which is why it tastes sweeter. So, try to eat them before they become super saccharine and soft to the touch. And, easiest of all, opt for fruits that are naturally lower in sugar or highest in fiber.

Reasons Why You Should Add Coconut Oil To Your Hot Coffee And Every Meal

Do you know that coconut oil can be extensively used in a cup of hot coffee or tea?  Surprised! Oh yes it is not just for dressing salads and baking only.
Coconut oil has become a darling of the whole food movement with good reason. It’s now considered a healthy fat and has antibacterial properties. It also tastes delicious in baked goods or  on vegetables before roasting.

Here are 3 reasons why we love it –
Why Coconut Oil?
1. Cooking with coconut oil, which is mainly a saturated fat, is ideal because it’s able to withstand higher temperatures than other oils (perfect for slathering on roasted veggies and using in stir fries).
2. Although it’s a saturated fat, studies have shown that the saturated fat in coconut oil is mostly lauric acid, which means it has a more neutral effect on long-term heart health.
3. Coconut oil can be substituted one for one with butter in baked goods, making the results taste a bit lighter and with a touch of coconut.

What Should I Buy?
There are two kind of coconut oil widely available commercially: “virgin” or “extra virgin” — or cold-pressed coconut oil — that contains antioxidants and has a stronger coconut flavor and aroma; and refined coconut oil — “expeller-pressed” — which is more processed and has a more neutral taste and scent and a higher smoke point than virgin. Both cold-pressed and expeller-pressed coconut oil can last about two years without refrigeration stored in a cool, dark place, but there are so many ways to use coconut oil I doubt you’ll have any hanging around that long.

How Can I Use It?
Use refined coconut oil for pan frying: preheat the oil in the pan to 350℉-375℉ and try it in your favorite fried chicken recipe. Or toss vegetables in a tablespoon of coconut oil and roast until lightly browned. Vegans will love using coconut oil as a sub for butter in dessert recipes.
Remember that coconut oil has a melting point of 78 degrees, so if you’re in a warm climate your oil may be liquid at room temperature. You may have to gently warm your coconut oil in the microwave or stove when a recipe calls for a liquid fat.

5 Healthy Snacks You Should Keep At Your Desk For Busy Schedule

Healthy eating is often a challenges particularly when we’re surrounded by many task in the office. Having healthy snacks for work on-hand at the office is key for staying  focused when you need it most.

Whether you’re in the middle of a big project or you’re chained to your desk with a looming deadline, they’ll help keep your energy up and your blood sugar stable during an afternoon.
Plus, “if you’re prepared with your own healthy snacks you won’t be tempted by any unhealthy choices available at the office.

Popcorn

Low-Sodium Jerky/Popcorn
Gone are the days when jerky or popcorn was reserved for camping. popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks you can eat if made with low sodium and sugar. It can improves mood, boost energy and satisfy cravings.

Oatmeal 2

Oatmeal
Oatmeal isn’t just for breakfast—stash it in your drawer for a hearty snack, too. “Packets of instant, plain oatmeal microwaved with water in a mug and sprinkled with cinnamon is a great cold-weather snack when you want something warm and filling,”

Cashew nuts

Nuts
“I love raw nuts like almonds or cashews nuts or groundnuts. They deliver a great protein and fat combo,” say Doctors. Moreso, the benefits of all these nuts especially the fact that Cashews are cholesterol free and their high antioxidant content helps lower risk of  cardiovascular, heart diseases and helps lower blood pressure would make you always have it every day as snack.

crackers

Healthy Crackers
Although crackers may sound like a healthy snack option, you must choose the right varieties to keep your snack low in fat and calories. Storing healthy crackers in your table drawer could come in handy when the food cravings come up.

Cornflakes

Corn flakes Cereal
Today, majority of the working class prefer to consume breakfast cereal as it is easy to prepare and requires considerably lesser time to consume.
Corn flakes consumed with a bowl of milk, nuts and fruits are considered to be one of the most healthiest and nutritious breakfast cereals.

Chocolate

Chocolate
Can anything cheer you up as instantly as chocolate? Try a mouthful of Chocolate for dessert and you would love it!

10 Reasons You Need A Sugar Detox Urgently

One of the most insidious ways the food industry poisons us is by dousing all sorts of foods with “added sugar.” By “added sugar,” I’m talking about any sweetener that doesn’t occur naturally in a food. It may seem innocent, but what added sugar does to the body is shocking.

Added sugar is one of the biggest harm to our current health crisis, and can be implicated in many cases of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer – but its detrimental effects can take years to surface. It’s the hidden link to so much pain and suffering our body is experiencing.Sugar is in practically every packaged food in the store and at restaurants.

Most recently, an industry front group funded by Coca-Cola, General Mills, Kellogg’s, was exposed for commissioning a scientific review that attacked health advice to eat less sugar. Perpetuating false nutrition and health information for the sole purpose of profits is absolutely ridiculous.

These very companies are all big offenders of adding sugar to their products. Should we all just keep eating sugar-laden foods because the junk food industry says it’s okay? Of course not.

So with these Ten sugar detox tips, now is the time to be our own health advocates by limiting the amount of added sugar in our diets for optimal health.

  1. You’ll shed some weight – and maybe a lot of it.
    Sugar makes you gain weight by adding empty calories to your diet and jacking up your blood sugar – two processes that form excess body fat. It also screws with your appetite. Ditching sugar is one of the fastest and most effective ways to lose weight!
  2. You’ll look years younger.
    Sugar destroys your skin and makes your skin wrinkle. In a process called glycation, sugar molecules attach to collagen and elastin, two proteins that keep skin looking young, and create Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs). AGEs weaken your skin’s support structure and lead to lines and wrinkles.
  3. You’ll stop harmful inflammation in your body.
    Refined sugars processed from cane, corn, such as table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are the baddest. so when you indulge in these sugars, you get no nutrition and your body becomes more acidic. These sugars causes more inflammation. When your body stays in a state of inflammation, you are at a greater risk of developing various chronic diseases ranging from cancer, to heart disease, to digestive disorders.
  4.  You’ll protect your liver from disease.
    Excessive sugar intake causes the liver to produce fat in a process called lipogenesis. This can lead to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (in which your liver fills with fat), putting you at risk for chronic diseases.
  5. You’ll spend  less time in the dentist chair.
    Continually exposing your teeth to sugary foods and drinks erodes away your teeth. The bacteria that is naturally in your mouth feeds off of sugars in your diet, producing acids that attack the enamel on your teeth and demineralizes them, eventually leading to cavities and tooth loss.
  6.  Your energy will soar.
    Added sugar makes your blood sugar go sky-high – a reaction followed immediately by plummeting blood sugar. That crash and burn triggers feelings of irritability, depression, and leaves you exhausted until you get your next sugar fix.
  7.  You’ll protect your brain power.
    A study conducted by the University of New South Wales concluded chronic sugar intake triggers changes to hippocampus the area of the brain, which is important for both memory and stress. Another UCLA study found a high sugar diet sabotages learning and memory ability. A 2012 Mayo Clinic study found that people who eat a lot of sugar have a much higher chance of cognitive decline as they age.
  8.  You’ll get sick less often.
    Sugar intake weakens your immune system, so you’re at a greater risk of coming down with something. Increased insulin levels from consuming sugar also tells the body to release cortisol – a hormone that further weakens your immunity.
  9.  You’ll be less likely to have a heart attack.
    A 2015 scientific review in Mayo Clinic Proceedings warns that refined sugar in the diet is a principal driver of heart disease. It’s now come to light that back in the 1960’s the sugar industry paid leading scientists to discredit claims about sugar and heart disease and to paint fat as the enemy instead. That is when the low-fat craze began, causing most people to correlate heart disease with excessive fat consumption. These dirty tactics played by the industry have literally destroyed the health of millions, and I’m so thankful that the truth about sugar and its role in heart disease is getting out!
  10.  You’ll develop a distaste for sugar – making cravings disappear.
    If you develop this habit to stay away from added sugar and practice it on a regular basis, you’ll be less likely to go overboard when presented and tempted with refined sugar desserts. Even more, you’ll naturally eat less sugar in the long run because your body is getting real nutrition from food that hasn’t been chemically altered. Eventually, you’ll develop a distaste for refined sugar and your desire for ultimate nutrition will become instinctive. What a wonderful habit to develop and keep for life!

It has become clear that sugar is an enemy that prevents us from achieving optimal health and the fit bodies we want. Isn’t it time to get added sugar out of your diet NOW?

Credit: foodbabe.com
Editing:foodiciary

Cocacola Sued For Misleading Consumers

Coca-Cola Co and the American Beverage Association trade group were sued on Wednesday for allegedly misleading consumers about the health risk of consuming sugary beverages.

The case was filed in a federal court in Oakland, California, U.S.

The non-profit Praxis Project accused the defendants of downplaying the risks to boost sales, despite scientific evidence linking sugary beverages to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Praxis accused both defendants of using euphemisms such as “balance” and “calories in, calories out” to mislead consumers. It also accused Coca-Cola, the world’s largest beverage company, of trying to mislead the public into thinking the lack of exercise was the real cause of obesity.

“The notion that Coke’s products can be part of a healthy-diet is imprinted in the minds of millions of people and requires corrective-action,” Maia Kats, the Litigation Director Of the Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) which helped file the lawsuit, said.

However, Coca-Cola Spokesman, Kent Landers, described the lawsuit as “legally and factually meritless.

“We take our consumers and their health very seriously and have been on a journey to become a more credible and helpful partner in helping consumers to manage their sugar consumption.”

The American Beverage Association also described the accusations as “baseless”, noting that “together with members, we are working with health groups to reduce consumers’ caloric and sugar intake from beverages.”

Wednesday’s lawsuit seeks to stop misleading marketing and requires more consumer warnings, among other remedies.

Filed in the federal court in Oakland, California. Coca-Cola and PepsiCo Inc pledged to bolster efforts to reduce added sugar in beverages.

Best Ways To Store Irish Potatoes In The Kitchen

Reader: I love Irish potatoes but it is a challenge storing them as they get spoil easily. Please advise.

If you are buying potatoes and do not have a place to store them under ideal conditions, please purchase only the quantity you will consume in a few weeks or days.
I also had a challenge storing them because I love using them for fries but since I discover the best ways, its been safe. So prepare the location in advance before buying.

Steps to Store healthy Potatoes

  1. Lay your potatoes in a tray or table in a cool, dark place.
  2. Let the potatoes sit this way undisturbed. After about two weeks, the potato skins will be thickened and dry.
  3. Raise the temperature to 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit ,slightly higher than normal for storage.
  4. Don’t store cut potatoes in the open. Once you cut potatoes,cook them as soon as possible. The exposed flesh of the potato doesn’t keep well compared to the tougher skin.
  5. Don’t store potatoes near fruit. Many fruits, like apples, pears, and bananas, excrete a chemical called ethylene. This gas encourages ripening — you may have noticed that your fruits tend to ripen faster when you keep them next to each other. so store your fruit elsewhere.

Beware of Contaminated Bags Of Rice In The Market – Nafdac Warms

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control on Thursday said laboratory result of the suspected fake rice showed that the product was not plastic but rice contaminated with micro organisms.
The Acting Director General, NAFDAC, Yetunde Oni, said this at a news conference in conjunction with the Nigeria Customs Service in Abuja.

Oni said the seized rice was unsatisfactory and therefore unwholesome for human consumption, stressing that the consignment would be destroyed upon handover by the NCS.

She explained that the product branded ”Best Tomato”, was in 25kg bag, without NAFDAC number, batch number, date markings and details of the manufacturer.

She said that `floating’ was negative, sedimentation was positive, cooking was normal, odour was normal, colour was off-white and E-coli was within specification.

Oni called on the public to report suspicious cases about all NAFDAC regulated products to any of the offices across the nation for prompt regulatory action.
She also said that the following numbers could be contacted for enquiries: 08013630600, 09094262773 and 08033112282.

Culled from punchng