By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
The Director, Centre for Research and Development, Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Dr Mrs Lola Ajala has stressed the need for people to consume foods containing essential nutrients for a healthy living.
She made the assertion while delivering a lecture on “Living Healthy in Time of Recession” held in Akure, the state capital.
According to her, consumption of essential nutrients is important for a healthy living adding that diets must be planned according to the nutrient composition of the food.
She opined that locally grown food is good for consumption if it contains the right nutrients.
The Director who described economic recession as a period of low or no cash liquidity due to irregular payment of salary, high foreign exchange rate, high cost of living among others said this can affect feeding plan and pattern and the health of individuals if care not taken.
To this end, she informed that healthy living is about making healthy choices everyday saying healthy choices are those things that keep people fit physically, mentally and spiritually.
The guest lecturer stressed that healthy living includes eating right, physically active, avoiding smoking and alcohol consumption noting that living healthy is a matter of personal choice, but everyone has a role to play.
Her words: “There are many factors that influence the foods we eat which include: cost, availability, advertisement, lack of time, knowledge about foods, eating habits among others, notably all these factors are affected by recession.
“Our knowledge about the nutritional composition of what we eat and the daily requirements by our body will go a long way to guide us on the choices of food for healthy living.”
Ajala posited that energy consumed through foods and the energy expended during the day are essential to live healthy stressing that “the more active you are, the more energy you need.”
She affirmed that a healthy diet should always contain of fat which are saturated and unsaturated predominantly from animal sources and vegetable sources.
She warned that excessive saturated fat can raise blood cholesterol, which can increase the risk of heart disease.
The Director therefore advised people to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and reduce the intake of foods that are high in sugar.