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Fruits… better love them



IN the bid to make much profits, traders often throw fruits, vegetables and other perishable goods in gutters, waste bins when people need them and they are good for human consumption.
Speaking to National Light on why fruits sellers do hike prices of fruits, vegetables, other perishable goods and it becomes difficult for low income earners to always patronize them, a fruits seller, Joy Nweke said “ fruits business is give and take one, sometimes it is gainful and other time it is the opposite”.
Contributing, another fruits seller at Eke Amawbia market Anambra State said, “Traders should be careful on how they purchase perishable goods weekends, I don’t like buying fruits, vegetables and other perishable goods on Saturdays because if they are not sold before Sunday, the sales become difficult as many people don’t come to the market on Sundays, you cannot store fruits for long, it must get spoilt”.
Commenting, a woman who was not happy with fruits traders said “fruits sellers make a lot of mistakes, instead of selling off fruits and vegetables with little profits, they prefer selling them with exorbitant prices to make all the profits in this world, in the end they are not sold rather, since fruits and vegetables cannot be stored for long, they get bad and in the end are thrown away unsold, isn’t that foolishness?”.
Considering the usefulness of fruits and vegetable to human beings and iota of them need not be wasted.
According to a Nutritionist, T.A Shobukola in his book ‘Natural sources of vitamins and healing properties of fruits and vegetables’, “people who eat fruits and vegetables in the natural forms as part of their daily diet have a reduced risk of many chronic diseases.
Continuing Shobukola said “Fruits are enriched with vitamins, minerals antioxidants and phyto nutrients, which all have a positive effect on our wellbeing. Eating fruits provides healthy benefits and people who eat more fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have reduced risk of some chronic diseases like it is a known fact that fruits provides nutrients vital for health and maintenance of the body”.
Stressing further, the Nutritionist said “fruits are sources of many essential nutrients that are under consumed and they contain essential vitamins, minerals and other fiber that help protect people from chronic diseases.
Engr Shobukola, gives examples of some fruits and their healing properties as follows- apples protects the heart, prevents constipation, blocks, diarrhoea, improves the lung capacity, cushions joints.
Avocado- battles diabetes, lowers cholesterol, helps stop strokes, controls blood pressure and smoothens skin.
Banana- Protects the heart, quiets a cough, strengthens bones, controls blood pressure, blocks diarrhea, cures stress or anxiety.
Beefs- controls blood pressure, combats cancer, strengthens bones, protects the heart, aids weight loss.
Cabbage- combats cancer, prevents constipation, promotes weight loss, protects the heart, heals ulcer.
Carrots- Saves eye sighs, protects the heart, prevents constipation, combats cancer, promotes weight loss.
Grape- Saves eyesight, conquers kidney stones, combats cancer, enhances blood flows, protects the heart.
Lemon, Lime- Combats cancer, protects the heart, controls blood pressure, smoothens skin, stops scurvy , Mangoe- combats cancer, boosts memory, regulates thyroid, shields against alzheimer’s. Orange- supports immune systems, combats cancer, protects the heart, straightens respiration, maintains blood pressure level. Pineapple strengthens bones, relieves cold, aids digestion, dissolves warts and blocks diarrhea. Tomatoes- protects protrae, combats cancer, lowers cholesterol, protects the heart.
While Water Melon- Protects Prostrate, promotes weight, lowers cholesterol, helps stop strokes and controls blood pressure.



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