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Enriched foods give Nigerian kids green power

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By Okunloye Abiodun

Southwest Nigeria has plenty of vegetables that can benefit many Nigerians.

To expand access to the health advantages of green vegetables, Kehinde Adekunbi Taiwo, a food process engineer, has dedicated decades to striving to improve local food products for the betterment of her country, Nigeria. According to Taiwo, a Professor of Food Engineering at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Department of Food Science and Technology (FST), southwest Nigeria has an ample supply of green vegetables, which are not domesticated and are consequently poorly explored. However, she and her group have discovered ways to offer the health advantages of these vegetables to a large number of people in Nigeria.

According to her research team, they have investigated the use of local green leaf vegetables such as amaranthus viridis (amaranth), telfairia occidentalis (fluted pumpkin), and solanum macrocarpon (african eggplant) in enhancing native food products like (cake, bread, moinmoin, biscuit, chinchin, etc.) which were satisfactory to people. She added that leafy greens are fairly affordable and rich in essential nutrients, comprising phytochemicals, protein, and micronutrients. She added that the largest prospect is that children enjoy vegetable-enriched products, allowing them to meet their nutritional needs without stress and at a low cost. Children don’t like vegetables, but due to the product offerings she helped create, food security is affordable.

Every child needs education and good parenting.

Taiwo was raised and attended primary school in the northern Nigerian city of Kano. She was born as one of a pair of twins, a boy and a girl, during an era when many parents saw little need in sending their daughters to school. She continued by stating that her mother insisted she and her sisters get an education despite opposition from her husband and that her mother also pushed her to keep up with current events (newspaper) so that she might make meaningful contributions to the family’s conversations.

Despite the low expectations of female children at the time, she says, she performed exceptionally well on the National Common Entrance examination and was admitted to the highly competitive Federal Government Girls’ College based on merit. After completing her primary education in a boarding school in Benin City, Nigeria, Taiwo attended the University of Ife in Osun State, Nigeria, for her undergraduate degree in biochemistry and later returned there for his master’s in Food Science Technology.

Changes have been made to Africa’s post-harvest food crops processing.

Professor J. Akinmususru, Taiwo’s brother-in-law and a lecturer persuaded her to switch to Food Science and Technology (in the Faculty of Technology) because, he observed that there were so few women in the field at the time. And he was right. As a Food Process Engineer, Taiwo professes to have made significant contributions to the post-harvest processing of African food crops. She is said to have provided essential engineering data for use in things like designing machinery and figuring out how to best manage and control any given process.

More so, Dorcas Lukwesa is an entrepreneur who hails from Africa and works in the field of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Her focus is on leafy greens. Lukwesa spent her childhood in Zambia on the farm that belonged to her grandparents. These days, she is developing a social enterprise in the country that will provide movable smart gardens that are made of bamboo to farmers who have limited space, impeded soil, as well as less water.

Leafy vegetables will be integrated into food items.

Not only do green leafy vegetables have a high nutritious content, but they also have a potential therapeutic use. Therefore, they devised the optimum drying regimens for the leaves, the ideal processing procedures for the various food items, and the best techniques for extracting the antioxidants in the best possible way. They also determined the best form to add to the food items, carried out acceptability tests, and organized some awareness campaign events with key parties; government regulatory agencies, food vendors, bakers, farmers, community associations in villages and bread makers’ associations, in order to encourage the adoption and utilization of the research findings.


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1 year ago

Enriched foods give Nigerian kids green power – Southwest Nigeria has plenty of vegetables that can benefit many Nigerians. – Express your point of view.

Abusi
Abusi
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1 year ago

There is need to have enriched foods for healthy living. This will help us to propel our health to maximum effectiveness. It will also help to deter us from diseases or sickness.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
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1 year ago

It is to our advantage that we have dedicated a significant portion of the past several decades to working toward the modernization of the nation’s food supply.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
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1 year ago

Green vegetables are plentiful in Nigeria; nevertheless, they have not been domesticated and, as a result, their potential is not fully exploited.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
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1 year ago

The most promising possibility is that children will like vegetable-enriched products, which will make it possible for them to fulfill their nutritional requirements in a stress-free and cost-effective manner.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
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1 year ago

In spite of the low standards to which girls’ children were held at the time while the National Common Entrance Exam was accepted to the prestigious Federal Government Girls’ College on the basis of her academic performance.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
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1 year ago

Enriched foods give Nigerian kids green power. It very necessary to have good food because it benefit on our health. Vegetables helps the body

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
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1 year ago

They should have produced crucial engineering data that could be used for things like constructing machinery and determining how to manage and regulate any given process in the most effective way possible.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
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1 year ago

It is encouraging to hear that they claim to have played a big role in the post-harvest processing of African food crops.

theApr
theApr
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1 year ago

The most encouraging potential is that kids will enjoy items with added vegetables since it will allow them to easily and affordably meet their nutritional needs.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
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1 year ago

In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is necessary to consume enriched foods. Because of this, we will be able to accelerate the efficacy of our health to its utmost potential.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
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1 year ago

The most optimistic scenario is that kids will enjoy items with added vegetables because it will be easy and affordable for them to meet their nutritional needs. This necessitate the need to make it available for them.

Remi1
Remi1
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1 year ago

Green leafy vegetables have a high nutritional value in addition to having possible medicinal applications. As a result, they developed the appropriate drying processes for the leaves and the best food processing techniques.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
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1 year ago

This is a good development from the Prof.Nigeria is really blessed with both natural resources and human capacity which if it is tap in the direction it will lead serious growth in term of infrastructure and economy.

Haykaylyon26
Member
1 year ago

Taking of good and nourish food will produce good health for the body so we should be taking enriched foods like this vegetables that will do good to the body

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
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1 year ago

The most promising possibility is that children will like vegetable-enriched products, which will make it possible for them to fulfill their nutritional requirements in a stress-free and cost-effective manner.

jdpumping
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1 year ago

Green leafy Vegetables are beneficial to all and it should be inculcated daily in our children foods for a good diet and healthy living.

Christiana
Christiana
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1 year ago

The most promising possibility is that kids will like vegetables-included foods because they can easily and cheaply meet their nutritional needs.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
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1 year ago

Enriched foods are vital for a healthy lifestyle. We can maximize our health’s efficacy because of this.

Bola12
Bola12
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1 year ago

Enriched meals are essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Our health will be catapulted to new heights because to this. The fear of getting sick will be another benefit.

SarahDiv
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1 year ago

The vegetables are extremely rich in nutrient. Parents should endeavor to feed their children.

DimOla
DimOla
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1 year ago

In the southern part of Nigeria we have enough green vegetables. Parents should be encouraged to give vegetables to their children since it is so rich in nutrient.