It is more expensive to compromise nutrition in order to save money – Nutritionist

Nutritionist, Fred Amese has emphasized the need to uphold good nutrition even as the country faces economic crisis and hikes in food prices.

He further advised that people should practice the FIFO stock and storage principle; thus “first in first out’, which suggests that food items should be consumed in the order of the time of their purchase or preparation as a mechanism to preserve food items as well as save money.

He explained that food items that are bought in bulk should be stored or shelved in such a way that the ones that were bought earlier are the ones to be picked and used first. Also, packaged food items are to be shelved and used according to their time of expiry rather than their time of purchase.

“For example, if you have a processed food item that expires in March next year, those ones should occupy the front space on the shelf so that the ones with the later expiry dates are kept behind them.

Mr. Amese emphasised on the “My Health” segment of the 3FM Sunrise Morning Show with Helen Appiah Ampofo that it is important to save money especially in these hard times, but that should not be done at the expense of good nutrition.

In his response to the assertion that beans and plantain which is popularly called “gobe “ is poisonous, Mr. Amese opines that the meal includes a combination which is one of the most nutritious meals in Ghana as each constituent complements the other very well if taken in the right proportion.

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Nutritionist Fred Amese, iterated the importance of breakfast as the most important meal essential to kick starting the day, hence should not be skipped.

A survey, according to the World Health Organization reveals a steady increase in the rate of diabetes and predicts an enormous number of over 55 million people to live with diabetes in Africa, by 2045.

Fred Amese explained that just like other diet related diseases such as hypertension, the detection rate of diabetes is very low as a person could live with it for over a year without showing alarming symptoms until a test is taken, therefore people need to be conscious of their lifestyle.

By Janet Quayson||Ghana