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Consumers of "Suya," or barbecued beef, are advised to eat plenty of onions, cabbage, tomatoes, and other vegetables with it.

Skewered beef ram or chicken are commonly used in suya. Kidney, liver, and tripe are some of the innards that are used.

The thinly sliced meat is marinated in a mixture of spices, including peanut cake, salt, vegetable oil, and other seasonings before being barbecued.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja, Ngozi Nnam, Professor of Community and Public Health Nutrition at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, offered the advice. nutrition food book

Ms. Nnam stated that there is a link between suya consumption and an increased risk of cancer, but that suya garnished with onions and other vegetables has a powerful cancer-fighting effect.

"Continuing to eat Suya has been linked to cancer. This is caused by a toxic compound produced by the reaction of meat and smoke during Suya preparation, which can cause cancer.

"Cancer is caused by the smoking of meat. Some food metabolites have the potential to cause cancer.

"What matters is that you eat a lot of fruits and vegetables to boost your antioxidant levels.

"Antioxidants can neutralize or react with food's toxic metabolite to prevent cancer," she explained.

Suya is good to eat with onions and cabbage, according to her, because they react only with toxic substances produced by smoke and help to prevent cancer.

"Suya is delicious when combined with onions and other fruits and vegetables."

Nigerians, on the other hand, should eat more fish than beef, according to the nutritionist.

She claimed that the main advantage of eating beef was that it provided much-needed protein.

"However, eating fish rather than meat is healthier because some fish, such as crumbed fish, contain omega 6 fatty acid, which is beneficial to the body."

"Omega 6 fatty acids are also beneficial to infants because they are necessary for proper brain development."

She also advised against eating smoked fish, saying, "Once again, the problem with smoked fish is the toxic substance produced by the smoke."

"It'll be better if we can grill it than if we smoke it," she advised.

The National Strategy on Food and Nutrition has been implemented across the country, according to Ms. Nnam, who is also the President of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria.

"The President's Wife, Aisha Buhari, launched the National Policy on Food and Nutrition during Nutrition Week in September 2016."

"Since its inception, the policy has been domesticated and implemented in various states across the federation.

"This activity is being overseen by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning with state nutrition officers," she said.

The goal of the policy is to improve the nutritional quality of all Nigerians, with a focus on the most vulnerable groups, such as children, women, and the elderly.



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