YOUNG PEOPLE AND POOR CONSUMPTION OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES: THE DANGER AHEAD

The International Journal of Public Health has released a report concerning the response of young people to diet of Fruits and Vegetables (FV). From the research conducted within 26 countries in Asia, Africa and the Americans using university students (mean age 20.8) they came up with these findings:

82.8% of young adults consume less FV than needed on a daily basis by World Health Organization (WHO)

Both male and female students are involved in this poor consumption

Students who reside on campus are worse than those who go from home1.

The World Health Organisation (2017) has recently recommended a minimum daily consumption of vegetables of 400 grams, as a health strategy to reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases. This is to take advantage of all the information available in the literature about the immense nutritional resources – vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and dietary fibre – contained in vegetables.  This way, WHO hopes to reduce the rather high rate at which non-communicable diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, cancer, chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, osteoporosis, eye diseases, and dementia are increasing. In reaction to the World Health Organization recommended  daily vegetable and fruit consumption, researchers have continued to investigate  the extent at which this recommendation is adhered to by nations and different bodies. In Nigeria also, various studies were carried out amongst adolescents and young adults in relation to their consumption of fruits and vegetables. Layade  and Adeoye researched on fruit and vegetable consumption among students of tertiary institutions in Oyo state. The assessment on tertiary students consumption of fruits and vegetables through multi-stage sampling technique showed that only 37% of the students consume the recommended intake. Silva. Ilesanmi, Ilesanmi and Ijarotimi , worked on Ibadan South West Nigeria researched on the determinants of fruit consumption among in- school adolescents and came up with the fact that parents income and availability are very significant factors that regulate young people’s intake. The same factors were discovered to motivate consumption of fruits and vegetables by students of tertiary institutions in Oyo State as Layade and Adeoye  found out.  Their study also revealed that only 37% of students consumed  WHO recommended fruit and vegetables . Adenegan and Adeoye  assessed University of Ibadan students to know their responses to fresh fruits against processed fruits. It was found out that students’ response to the consumption of fresh  fruits was more than that of processed fruits. Income of students was statistically significant for the consumption  of processed as well as fresh fruits. In addition to these studies on youths and their attitude to fruits and vegetable dieting done across  institutions of learning in different parts of the country, Echeta  in 2017 did a study on the relationship between Age and the consumption of fruits and vegetables using the students of University of Nigeria Nsukka. She findings were not different from the others and the younger they are the less they accept the diet. Findings from various studies both in Western part of the country and in Igbo land shows that  most young people and children have no value for vegetable dishes. They prefer the modern foods and snacks. They like to eat to impress their peers and so they are worse of when they live outside their homes.  The danger that lies ahead is what many medical experts have warned  us about which is that the effect of this wrong dieting would manifest later in their lives( when they grow older)In fact, for some people the effect show up quite early in life. The world Health has stated their findings in a more specific way which is that 2.8% deaths worldwide are caused by low fruit and vegetable consumption. The ugly effect of our children’s wrong dieting should be a concern to us and solutions must be sought.

Parents should teach their children the importance of FV for good health and also make effort to provide  fruits and vegetables  in homes. Young people would normally eat fruits when they see them in the house. It is also important for us to draw their attention to the damages that can be caused by not eating. Emphasize the fact that this dietary plan is given by God himself and there is need for us to obey him. Let children know that anyone who obeys god makes God his friend and will surely be blessed like Daniel and three others. We should buy good vegetable supplements to add to their insufficient intake.

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FRUIT AND VEGETABLE JUICING PROMOTES GOOD HEALTH and prevents diseases

Juicing simply means a conversion of solid food into liquid form. Fresh juice preparation requires extraction of liquid from fruits and vegetables by separating chaff and liquid. Juicing can be done by blending, pounding, grinding, grating or extracting with juice extractor. The next step involves sieving the ground stuff to get pure liquid. There is no rigidity about the method of juicing. The important fact is that whichever process one uses, the main aim is to produce pure and fresh juice. There is no doubt that preparing juice takes time and effort but the benefits far outweigh the troubles and therefore the exercise of make fresh home juices is worth the while. Juice makes assimilation very easy and produces quick action. Juicing of vegetables enables you to get as much nutrients as possible and reduces loss of nutrients through digestion.  

There are numerous other benefits of juicing to health which will be communicated in my next book soon to be published. 

 

About Uzonna Echeta

Hi, I'm Uzonna Echeta, I am a highly motivated and passionate woman, a wife and mother of three children. I strongly believe in self-discipline and hard work. I hold Doctoral and Masters Degrees in Religion (Old Testament) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

I began my lecturing career in 2005 at the Department of Religion, University of Nigeria, Nsukka where I researched broadly into the Old Testament, and more specifically into God's dietary laws and how it imparted the well-being and health of the biblical Israelites. My interest in nutrition and diet piqued when my husband became chronically ill in 2012, and orthodox medicines failed to provide any significant regression or cure for the disease, neither did the physicians have convincing answers. I was compelled to take a break from my job, and we fully resorted to dieting as his sole hope. The improvements he recorded over time astounded us, and truly defied medical explanations. By late 2014, it was evident to me and anyone who was close to our family that this dieting really works. Since then, I have never looked back, and my conviction that our diet is very central and essential to our state of health has never wavered.  My desire for greater insight and understanding of the role of non pharmacologic or non drug therapies in the management of diseases led me to undergo training and become a certified Health Minister with Hallelujah Acres by the end of 2014.  

I have authored more than ten publications and articles in journals, and also published a book, "Dietary Laws and their Health Benefits: An Old Testament Based Study of Diet". My goal is to reach ailing individuals suffering debilitating diseases, and indeed the world at large, with my message on nutrition and diet as a key to the improvement of their health. I have organized and delivered seminars, demonstration workshops and teachings to groups of sometimes well over three hundred participants. I have spoken in Diocesan gatherings- Women Diocesan Conference, Nnewi,  Diocesan Brigade retreat in Nsukka and University of Nigeria, Nsukka. I have been to Crowther Graduate Theological Seminary, Abeokuta and Trinity College Umuahia spreading the message. I have delivered lectures in many Anglican church programmes both in Lagos and the Eastern part of Nigeria. My services are not restricted to the Anglican Communion but extend to as many organizations and educational institutions that are willing to hear this message.

I am a registered wholesaler of some tested and proven nutritional supplements and nutraceuticals, which are invaluable in the supportive management of many chronic illnesses. I am also available for private sessions and counseling for as many as are interested in pursuing healthy living. Many testimonies abound from disciplined adherents to these dieting recommendations. Some have recorded drastic, almost miraculous, breakthroughs, whereas others have had more gradual recovery stories. These challenging testimonies from Nigerians are fully documented in my next book that would be released soon.
    
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