Junk foods are very common among the diet of many Nigerians, nowadays, especially among kids in their early years. Indomie has become a normal diet for a growing kid in the Nigeria community; they can be consumed in the morning, afternoon and night by these kids due to being very easy to cook by the Nigerian mother. In fact, it is now a joke that some women don’t know how to cook anything but indomie.
Before we proceed, let enlighten ourselves on what constitutes junk food. Junk foods are pre-prepared foods or packaged foods with low nutritional values; another definition says foods that are unhealthy but quick and easy to eat and to end the definition: junk foods are foods containing high levels of calories from sugar or fat with little fiber, proteins, vitamins or minerals. I know this definition is quite clear enough because we are to list examples, they will be endless, but let try to list some:
EXAMPLES OF JUNK FOODS
Here are some examples of junk food:
- Hot dog
- French fries and potato chips
- White bread
- Sweets and candies
- Sweeten breakfast cereals (i.e wheat, oats, rice, corn)
- Fried, grilled or broiled foods
- Pastries, cookies, and cakes
- Ice cream
- Processed meat
- Processed cheese
The list is almost endless, but the bottom line is that they are not good for your health, they are very sweet to the mouth but they cannot substitute the role of whole food or what I will call “balanced diet”.
These junks can be taken once in a while, probably due to occasions or functions but when at home, they should be limited or if possible eliminated from the family diet.
A pathetic case of a 19-year-old boy that is permanently blind due to eating only junk food for close to a decade is actually frightening and I wonder what his parents were actually thinking when allowing him to do such.
According to the reports, the diet of the boy for close to a decade now consist of fries and chips(Pringles), white bread, processed ham, and sausages. Making him deficient in vitamins and nutrients thereby leading to a slow damage to his optic nerve and finally blindness.
You can read his story here