A registered Dietician, Mr Aloysius Maduforo, on Thursday advised Nigerians to moderate their consumption of healthy foods.
Maduforo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that all healthy foods eaten in the right proportion were beneficial to the human body.
“I am actually pleased when consumers grow to love healthy foods like veggies, lentils, avocado and whole grains.
“One of the problems is people forget that fruits, like all food contain calories and the calories in fruit can make you just as overweight.
“Many of us believe that fruit can only be healthy and so make an effort to boost our intake – carrying apples in our bags, eating grapes or bananas at our desk and trying to stick to fruit salad.
“The only concern is that they sometimes eat too much as over eating healthy foods leads to health problems such as obesity and tooth decay,” Maduforo said.
He said whole foods were nutrient rich and they enhance metabolism but one could over-do it when it comes to consumption.
“To prevent that, you have to listen to your body’s hunger and fullness cues, and use visuals to guide your portions.
“For example, a serving of fruit should be about the size of a tennis ball, a portion of cooked oatmeal should be half that amount.
“And if you add nuts or seeds, stick with a golf ball-sized addition,” Maduforo said. (NAN)