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GHANAIANS ADVISED TO TAKE FOOD THAT CONTAINS THE RIGHT PROPORTION TO ENSURE GOOD HEALTH.

The Nutrition Officer for Sunyani Municipal Health Directorate, Samuel Tachie says the kind of food one eats can have direct effect on one’s energy level, physical health, and body weight. According to him, a healthy diet must contain essential food nutrients in order to provide the needed amount of calories appropriate for one’s system. Mr. Tachie made the point in an interview with Develop Ghana Newspaper in Sunyani. He stressed the need for us to eat food that contains carbohydrate, protein, and protective nutrient in the right proportion to ensure good health. He said eating more dairy foods and leafy vegetables prevents one from succumbing to illness easily. He further stated that adding fruits to one’s daily menu improves on one’s metabolism. Mr. Tachie said water and food are all essential to a healthy life. He highlighted some of the benefits of water when well consumed daily. They include maintaining the balance of fluids in one’s system, energizing one’s muscles, keeping one’s skin and kidneys fresh all the time. According to Mr. Tachie, regular physical exercise boosts one’s physical and mental health status. He advised all to cultivate the habit of sticking to eating three square meals daily. He cautioned that eating heavy meals at night is a recipe for reducing one’s life span. Mr. Tachie expressed worry over the reuse of cooking oil and described the phenomenon as a health hazard. He therefore called on the general public to desist from that. Touching on the laws concerning food labeling, Develop Ghana Newspaper contacted, Dr. Jeremiah Ewudzie-Sampson, the Brong Ahafo Regional Regulatory Officer of Food and Drug Authority, warns wholesalers and retailer to refrain from trading in goods that are not well labelled as required by law. He emphasised that those who will flout the law in respect of labeling will have their wares confiscated irrespective of where they were manufactured. Ewudzie-Sampson said his outfit will not relent in its effort to rid the market of such goods. According to him, the act of trading in such goods is an offence. He explained the characteristics of a well labelled product. They include an indication of the manufacturing and the expiry dates of the product. He said food and drugs should have special storage conditions and handling precautions on it. He added that instructions or directions for use are necessary especially that of drugs. Mr. Ewudzie-Sampson said when buying any product of one’s choice, it is prudent for one to look out for indicators such as the country of manufacturing, name and address of the product, manufacturer, importer, packer and  distributor. He advised the general public to develop the habit of scrutinizing products before patronizing them. Mr. Ewudzie-Sampson believes that proper scrutiny of products before purchase will compel manufacturers to label the wares properly.
Source: Biiya Mukusah Ali 
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