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White Rice Vs Brown rice – Why the white rice is not good for you

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Rice is probably the most famous food consumed in the world. And with that stated, it’s not a coincidence how massively it is well consumed. But the truth is this, the heavy consumption of White rice actually does more harm than good to our health.

Grains of White rice

Now, before we go into the needed details of what white rice can do to harm the body, I know you might be wondering what other food can replace White rice. Well it’s simple because it’s the BROWN RICE. I’ll be letting you understand why you need to consume more of brown rice than the white rice.

Grains of Brown rice

Brown rice is simply the entire whole rice grain, you will understand what it looks like if you’ve ever seen a freshly harvested rice before. It contains the fiber bran, and carbohydrate rich endosperm.

While the white rice is stripped of it’s bran and leaving just the endosperm. I can say that white rice is considered as empty carbs since it’s been stripped off of it main source of nutrients. Although when cooking, a lot of other nutrients is added to enrich it, but it is no longer as naturally nutritious as the brown rice because that bran has so much nutrients. According to an expert Nutritionist, the nutrients found in the brown rice are listed below.

Calories:216, Carbs:44 grams, Fiber:3.5 grams, Fat:1.8grams, Protein:5grams, Thiamin (B1):12% of the RDINiacin (B3): 15% of the RDIPyridoxine (B6): 14% of the RDIPantothenic acid (B5): 6% of the RDIIron: 5% of the RDIMagnesium: 21% of the RDIPhosphorus: 16% of the RDIZinc: 8% of Calories:216, Carbs:44 grams, Fiber:3.5 grams, Fat:1.8 grams, Protein:5grams, Thiamin (B1):12% of the RDINiacin (B3): 15% of the RDIPyridoxine (B6):
14% of the RDIPantothenic acid (B5):
6% of the RDIIron:
5% of the RDIMagnesium: 21% of the RDIPhosphorus: 16% of the RDIZinc:
8% of the RDICopper:
10% of the RDIManganese: 88% of the RDISelenium: 27% of the RDI RDI

And this is why the brown rice is considered the most healthy type of rice advisable for consumption.

Now, the health risks involved in the much consumption of white rice includes weight gain, type 2 diabetes, a large waist line, and even high blood pressure. Meanwhile brown rice has a very low risk of all that health problems.

Because white rice is easy to digest, it is good for people with digestive problems. But otherwise, go for brown to be much on a safer side as studies have shown that people who regularly eat large amount of white rice have higher risk of metabolic syndrome.

A plate of White rice

So eat healthy, and stay safe.

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Freddy Hirsch Nigeria launches Bouillon seasoning for West Africa

The new bouillon seasonings were developed from rising consumer preference for low-cost, easy-to-use, and intense flavors used in African soups and stews.

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Spices, herbs, rice and various beans and seasonings for cooking on dark backgraund with copy space top view

Freddy Hirsch Nigeria, a fast-growing African manufacturer of extracts for spices, ingredients, and flavors has launched its new range of bouillon flavors, delivering the versatile bouillon taste, sought after in the West African market, particularly the local quick-service restaurant (QSR) industry.

Typically made up of salt, sugars, starch, vegetable fats, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, herbs, and spices, bouillon is a versatile ingredient in African food as it enhances the flavor of dishes including soups and stew. Bouillon delivers the Umami taste, a meaty, savory profile with fullness and a mouth-watering sensation that characterizes African meals, as well as but it also presents a combination of other local spices and herbs all in on sprinkle or cube making it a one-stop bullet for food preparation.

The new bouillon seasonings were developed from rising consumer preference for low-cost, easy-to-use, and intense flavors used in African soups and stews.

Speaking on the launch, Managing Director of Freddy Hirsch Nigeria, Kojo Brifo said that the new seasoning would preserve truly African tastes. “African cuisine continues to quest for authenticity, with consumers looking for the Umami taste with the complexity of naturally sourced local herbs and spices that produce Umami-producing high intense flavor. Our bouillon seasoning improves the culinary experience by making it easy to achieve tasty meals, with the easy addition of our bouillon flavors, packed in powder form”.

Developed by the company’s Research and Development team in its culinary center, the new seasonings utilized its insights into African consumer taste preferences, laboratory research, and the focus on developing unique flavors that provide authenticity and enhance local taste in food dishes. The bouillon flavors include chicken seasoning, curry seasoning, stew seasoning, seafood seasoning, and the bouillon classic: a multipurpose, (Allspice) blend of spices. Each of the spices is versatile and has multiple use applications.

Brifo enthused that the bouillon flavors would be a compelling add-on for the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) industry and other retail food providers, “Quick service restaurants and other retail food providers require different bouillon flavors that can be adapted to their unique preferences. Freddy Hirsch’s bouillon seasonings serve as a building block for these operators and the entire retail value chain, with implications on cost, speed to market, delivery, consumer preferences, and profitability.”

Freddy Hirsch Nigeria also launched its product catalog, a print and digital document that aims to promote the company’s product offerings in seasonings (noodle, bouillon, rice), sauces (marinades and rubs, instant sauces), pizza, sausage roll fillings, premixes (pie and bakery) snack dustings, bakery premixes, texture systems, butchery applications, and breadings, among others.

Freddy Hirsch Nigeria is part of the Freddy Hirsch Group, a Cape Town-based supplier of industrial spices, casings, and meat processing equipment, servicing thousands of customers, including independent butcheries, major retail chain stores, meat processing factories, and poultry factories. Freddy Hirsch Nigeria has become a reputable manufacturer of savory flavors, and seasonings for the bouillon and noodle market in West Africa.

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Nigerian Red Cross Sets Up 140 Mothers Clubs to Tackle Acute Hunger, Malnutrition in Most Impacted Communities

The clubs are spread across three local governments each in Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi, Zamfara, Benue, Nasarawa and Niger states.

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The Nigerian Red Cross Society has set up 140 Mothers Clubs in North-Central and North-West

The Nigerian Red Cross Society has set up 140 Mothers Clubs in North-Central and North-West Nigeria as part of the Nigeria Hunger Crisis Appeal.

The clubs are spread across three local governments each in Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi, Zamfara, Benue, Nasarawa and Niger states.

3,500 mothers (Pregnant and Lactating Women) are being targeted in 140 Mothers Clubs (21,000 indirect beneficiaries) through an integrated community-based campaign on Acute malnutrition and promoting Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) for care givers and lactating mothers in the North-West and North-Central parts of the country through the Hunger Crisis Emergency Appeal in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The Nigerian Red Cross Society has set up 140 Mothers Clubs in North-Central and North-West
Screening for Malnutrition

The mothers are being trained on best health and nutritional practices that will help keep infants and young children healthy and productive.

Training is being provided by the Nigerian Red Cross Society with support from the Federal Ministry of Health.

According to the Federal Ministry of Health report and a report, Cadre Hamonize, Nigeria has the second highest burden of stunted children in the world, of an estimation of 2 million, with a national prevalence rate of 32 percent of these children being under five with seven percent of women of childbearing age suffering from acute malnutrition.

The report says, Seven percent of women of childbearing age also suffer from acute malnutrition, thus the campaign aims to empower mothers and care givers with knowledge on nutrition in local communities in 7 states namely Benue, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Nasarawa, Niger and Zamfara where it is also estimated that about 19.4 million people will be facing acute hunger between June and August 2022.

The Secretary General of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Abubakar Kende says: “acute hunger breeds malnutrition and this requires immediate action particularly for pregnant, lactating mothers and vulnerable children.

A good number of them are now in a situation where they eat what they can get instead of choosing diets that will make them and their children healthy and this is something that concerns us greatly.”

The Nigerian Red Cross Society has set up 140 Mothers Clubs in North-Central and North-West
| Hunger Crisis Mother’s Club 2 Obi LG Nasarawa State

“Kende further said, “we are grateful to our funding partners; The American Red Cross, British Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross, Japanese Red Cross, and Netherlands Red Cross who have gone ahead to provide much needed resources to allow us to reach the most vulnerable people in these 7 states, however more support is still required as the funding gap is still huge vis a vie the needs.” Currently through the Hunger Crisis Appeal 700 Pregnant and Lactating women (PLWs) received a second round of supplementary conditional cash grants to boost their nutritional status and that of the babies they carry or infants that they are nursing to add to the 5000 HHs which received multipurpose cash grants to fight Hunger across 7 states.

Dr. Manir Jega, Coordinator, Health, and Care, NRCS says, the activity will, through the formation of mother’s clubs share information on nutrition, identify and refer malnourished children and lactating mothers to the nearest health facility after being measured with the Mid Upper Arm Circumference, MUAC tape.

 “We know that if mothers and care givers have better information, it will lead to healthier children and a better society, we have set up 140 Mothers Club in the 7 states. We are working closely with Federal Ministry of Health on this.”

One of the leading causes of malnutrition in Nigeria is poor dietary knowledge adding that the network of Red Cross volunteers would help educate lactating mothers and care givers on how to combine available foods to reduce malnutrition and improve the production of breast milk for infants during the weekly mother’s club meetings. This is expected to go a long way in reducing malnutrition, prevent child mortality, morbidity and promote a healthy diet, Dr. Jega noted.

According to Benson Agbro, Coordinator Disaster Management, the spate of farmer herder conflicts and banditry in the country is another leading cause of malnutrition. “When people cannot access markets to buy food, or they cannot access their fields to grow the required dietary foods, they will eat whatever food they see is available to them in order to just fill their stomachs and live to fight another day without minding the nutritional value”.

The Nigerian Red Cross Society has set up 140 Mothers Clubs in North-Central and North-West
| Hunger Crisis Mother’s Club 1 Obi LG Nasarawa State

The Nigerian Red Cross with support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is working to reduce acute hunger in Nigeria and improve the nutrition and livelihoods of 51,000 beneficiaries in North-West and North-Central Nigeria.

The impacted communities are experiencing acute hunger because of climate change, COVID 19 and insecurity which prevents many of them from accessing their farmland and in some cases has forced them to flee their homes.

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Peak 456 celebrates Children’s Day with free nutritious breakfast

The free meals served by FrieslandCampina WAMCO, makers of Peak 456 Growing Up Milk, to children in the select age bracket at events

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L-R: FrieslandCampina WAMCO Marketing Manager, Specialized Nutrition, Akon Imoh; siblings, Franklin and Naomi Ashien, and Food Nutritionist, Damilola Alabi during the sampling of Peak 456 Growing Up Milk at a Children’s Day Celebration held at Ndubuisi Kanu Park, Alausa Ikeja on Friday, May 27th.

Nigeria’s leading children’s dairy brand, Peak 456 Growing Up Milk, celebrated this year’s Children Day on Friday, May 27th, serving 4–6-year-olds free nutritious breakfasts and gifts.

The free meals served by FrieslandCampina WAMCO, makers of Peak 456 Growing Up Milk, to children in the select age bracket at events held at the Ndubuisi Kanu Park, Alausa  was in continuation of efforts to offer better nutrition to every Nigerian child.

The children had lots of fun, and nutritious meals served with Peak 456 Growing up Milk at the event.

In addition to the breakfast meals, they also got free sachets of Peak 456 Growing Up Milk plus other gifts, courtesy of the brand and its promise of providing ‘Better Nutrition for Every Child.’

Explaining the initiative, the Marketing Manager Specialized Nutrition, Akon Imoh, said that the company made Children’s Day special with nutritious and age-appropriate meals for children.

“Peak 456 Growing Up Milk is for children aged 4-6 years, and since this is a special day for children, we want to share the joy of the occasion with them. They deserve this and a lot more, but this is just us demonstrating our care and affection. Studies have shown that serving them nutritious and age-appropriate breakfast meals would help improve their attention span and memory necessary for learning,” Imoh said.

Child nutritionists have highlighted the importance of eating breakfast. Furthermore, research has shown that children who eat a healthy breakfast are more active and creative, have better hand-to-eye coordination and miss fewer school days.

“Peak 456 Growing Up Milk is specially formulated to meet the nutritional requirements of children 4-6 years old to help them grow up strong and smart. It is the first milk of its kind in Nigeria. FrieslandCampina WAMCO believes that every child has the right to better nutrition. Hence, making age-appropriate nutrition accessible to every Nigerian child starting from breakfast,” Imoh said.

Peak 456 Growing Up Milk contains nutrients essential in building the brain’s structure and supporting the optimal brain development of children aged 4-6 years.

She said, “Peak 456 Growing Up Milk also has supportive growth nutrients such as a high-quality protein, calcium and Vitamin D to support physical growth and the achievement of key developmental milestones. This is in addition to immune-supportive nutrients like Vitamin A, D, E and C, Zinc, Selenium and Manganese to strengthen the body’s natural resistance.”

Speaking on the day’s significance, a parent at the Ndubuisi Kanu Park event, Mrs Toyin Ashien, said she was elated to celebrate the day with her children. She commended Peak 456 Growing Up Milk for serving nutritious breakfast to children.

“I am excited to be here with my children. I’ve had so much fun with them. Children are the future leaders of tomorrow and require proper nutrition at an early age for their growth. I admire what Peak 456 Growing Up Milk has done here today, and I hope they continue to do more of this,” she said.

Breakfast plus Peak 456 Growing Up Milk helps children get more nourishment. Peak 456 Growing Up Milk aims to promote the nutritional well-being of growing up children.

Peak 456 Growing Up Milk is a brand of FrieslandCampina WAMCO, an affiliate of Royal Friesland Campina in the Netherlands.

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