Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)
By Christina Mseja
NUTRITIONISTS in the country have recommended proper consumption of food to enable the body contain the required amount of sugar and fat to resist NonCommunicable Diseases (NCDs).
A good eating habit, they said, not only benefits one in healthy body growth, but also helps to scare away NCDs like diabetes since many people are becoming victims of the disease. Speaking recently, Tanzania Food Nutrition Centre (TFNC) Senior Researcher Officer, Ms Adeline Munuo said a healthy diet in everyday life is mostly encouraged to maintain healthy weight, improve physical and intellectual performance which together lead to proper growth.
She said eating fruits and vegetables during childhood is linked to short and long-term positive health results, with limited chances of catching NCDs such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer.
She further noted that an increase in body fat affects the immune system and increases the risk of developing NCDs, especially diabetes.