Nigerians can’t eat balanced diet due to poverty, high food prices – Survey

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A cross-section of Nigerians in Abuja says a balanced diet is out of their reach, due to the continued rising food prices and dwindling household incomes.

They said in separate interviews on Tuesday that the situation was worse for low-income earners in the country.

Some attributed the situation to the current economic situation while others said they have maintained balanced meals in spite of the dwindling household incomes.

Mrs. Susan Akpomera, a Healthy Living Consultant, said that maintaining a balanced diet was not a function of the abundance of money but proper meal planning, proportioning and discipline.

According to her, a balanced diet is a meal or diet that contains essential nutrients needed for optimal functioning of the body.

“Therefore a plate of food can contain rice, a piece of meat, vegetable at the side and fruits to be taken after about thirty minutes, this is balanced”, she said.

Akpomera advised families to employ a nutritionist’s services to help design a healthy meal plan that would suit the size of their pockets.

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Miss Peace Nwankwo, a banker, said eating a balanced diet does not have to do with the amount of money you have, adding that, with proper planning, one could still maintain a balanced diet with a little income.

“With the current economic situation what we need to do is to feed well. We don’t eat to get full rather we eat what will sustain us.

“We need to reduce the number of times we eat to ensure that if we eat twice a day, it should be good food. A little of all the needed nutrients will go a long way.

“Eating healthy will also keep us away from the hospital. We cannot afford to fall sick with the present economy, so let try to help ourselves,” she said.

Mrs Mary Balogun, a teacher, said that she fed her family with whatever she could afford just to stay alive.

She said, “These days, we don’t think of a balanced diet, all we want is to eat something that will sustain us. Who is talking about a balanced meal?

“I can’t even afford to eat properly again as food prices continue to surge. Once I can feed my children twice daily, I am satisfied.

Mr Godwin Peter, a civil servant said he and his family eat not to maintain a balanced diet but to be satisfied and continue their daily activities.

He said in spite of knowing the importance of eggs for the development of his children, he could no longer afford one egg per day because of the cost.

Peter said that he looks forward to a better Nigeria adding that hope is what is keeping him alive.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Inflation Report, the inflation rate in Nigeria increased to 26.72 percent in September.

The reports said these increases were observed in food and non-alcoholic beverages at 13.84 percent and housing, water, electricity, gas, and other fuel at 4.47 percent. (NAN)

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