Dietitian criticises the craze for smoothies

Accra, Sept. 23,
GNA – The Deputy Chief Dietitian at the 37 Military Hospital, Madam Ivy
Priscilla Frimpong has condemned the use of remedies, which have become rampant
among Ghanaians.

She complained
that, Ghanaians have resorted to combining raw vegetables by blending them into
juices, smoothies or drinks for consumption with the intention of acquiring
certain health benefits.

According to her,
most of these remedies have no scientific backing.

She explained that,
vegetables are very healthy and contain a lot of nutritional benefits and could
be used to prepare stews, salads and soups for consumption.

Madam Frimpong, who
was speaking with Ghana News Agency in an interview in Accra said there are a
lot of misinformation on the social media that raw cabbage and carrot blended
together in a smoothie or juice could heal stomach ulcer.

According to her,
most ulcer patients are advised to take cooked cabbage and not raw because it
could sometimes cause irritation after consumption.

She said she would
not advise anybody to take such a remedy.

“If anybody is
taking such a remedy then it is because of the benefits it gives, for example
vitamins, minerals, carbohydrate, protein and nutritional fat.

“Cabbage and carrot
have fibre, which is good for the body and antioxidants, which helps prevent
the body against cancer,” she said.

Madam Frimpong
advised that, vegetables should be cut and washed properly with salt or vinegar
before consumption.

She encouraged
Ghanaians to eat more fruits and vegetables since they are very healthy and
full of nutritional benefits.

GNA

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