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Food, safety and hygiene: Don’t Cover Hot Food with Polythene

By Prince Paul Amuzu:

Fredrick Asiedu, manager of Chris Café at Somanya in the Eastern region, has cautioned the general public on the need to adhere to food preparation tips in order to avoid contamination.

Mr. Asiedu who made the call on the Food Safety and Hygiene segment of the morning show on Tuesday cautioned that it is very harmful to cover cooking food such as rice with polythene which is made of chemicals but rather cover them while cooking with tissue paper or clean napkin to avoid any chemical contamination.

According to him, we need to be mindful of the sources of our food in terms of where we buy them and also be careful of with their preparation.

Madam Jane Barnes, a Nutritionist at the Atua Government Hospital in the Eastern Region who was also on the show outlined the importance of eating staple food substances and also balancing it with other diets such as proteins, fruits and vegetables to boost the immune system and also provide the body with its needed balanced nutrients.

Speaking in an interview with Nana Ama Sarfo, host of the Nutritionist explained that staple foods are food substances which are normally eaten or more patronized by people living in demographical areas, communities or by certain tribes and thus becomes their mother food or native food which they eat almost every day.

According to her, staple foods are mainly in three categories, namely root and tubers, grains and vegetables which are macro nutrient in nature. Madam Barnes explained further that Roots and Tubers contain a lot of starch which provide the body with much energy and should not be eaten alone.

‘’Staple foods such as yam, cassava, konkontey, etc. contain a lot of starch that generate enough energy for the body and should be balanced with other staple food substances such as beans, groundnut, meat and fish to provide the necessary proteins,” madam Barnes advised adding that food must also be spiced up with vegetables such as onion, tomatoes, green leaves among others to boost the immune system.

The nutritionist further advised that those whose work do not require a lot of energy should not eat too much of starchy food such as kokontey. According to her, those whose work demand much energy like manhole diggers, masons, construction workers, farmers, etc. demand a lot of energy should eat a little more in addition with soup made up of proteins, vegetables, green leaves, etc to balance the diet and also boost the immune system.

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