Expert warns against wrong dietary information


The National President, Association of Nigerian Dietitians (AND), Professor Elizabeth Ngwu has warned Nigerian against wrong dietary information dished out on the social media platforms


She gave the warning in an interview with the press in Asaba.


Ngwu who spoke on the sideline of the association’s Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference, said adherence to such dietary information on social media could compound health conditions.


She said Nigerians, especially those with Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) should beware of wrong dietary information and seek the advice of dieticians to effectively manage their conditions through diets.


“It is common knowledge that the internet and social media platforms have become media for disseminating false nutrition information by quacks.


It is also important to note that diet is very crucial in the prevention, management and control of non-communicable and diet-related diseases.


We all must have observed an upsurge in Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity and some cancers in Nigeria, associated with life-style changes.


You often read messages such as ‘squeeze bitter leaves in water and drink the liquid; it cures diabetes’. Such could cause kidney problems,’’ she said.


According to her, WHO (2018) country profile reported that Non-Communicable Diseases accounted for an estimated 29 per cent of all deaths in Nigeria.


She advised Nigerians to avoid processed foods, embrace local foods and exercise regularly to stay healthy.


Dietitians work with doctors and nurses to develop the correct dietetic care plan for patients based on the patient’s medical, cultural and social needs.


“The confusion created by unregulated dietary information over the internet necessitates provision of evidence-based dietary information by professional dietitians in order to protect the health of Nigerians,” Ngwu added.