2021: International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has declared 2021 to be the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables.

This declaration can be represented with it’s hashtag. i.e. #IYFV2021. The Director of FAO noted that

The essence of the declaration is to raise awareness on the importance of fruits and vegetables in human nutrition, food security and global health.

We are very grateful for this declaration especially now that the world is facing a pandemic.

Food is an essential. However, it is when we eat right that we build our immune system, stay healthy and maintain peace.

International Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021, World Food Programme, Lumenar
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I believe you understand the link between food and peace in the world.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN have stipulated that every adult should consume at least 400 grams of fruits and vegetables. It’s is very essential that we adhere to the foregoing directive because by so doing, we prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart diseases and obesity.

Some Fruits and Vegetables You Should Consume in 2021

1. Pumpkin Leaf

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Ugu leaf

The pumpkin Leaf otherwise referred as “Ugu” in Nigeria, is a leafy gree you shouldn’t live without. This is because it has so many benefits. Ugu is a very good source of dietary fibre. Dietary fibres are very good for the digestive system. The Ugu leaf is also rich in antioxidants and can serve as an anti-diabetic agent.

2. Garden Eggs

Benefits of Garden eggs; International Year of Fruits and Vegetables; Lumenar
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This is a yummy fruit especially for Nigerians in the Eastern region. The Igbo people. This fruit can be eaten ordinarily, with groundnut paste i.e “ose-oji” or as a sauce for yam.

Garden eggs help to fight cancer. This is because it has polyphenols and anthocyanins. These compound prevent tumor growth by stopping the growth of new black vessels. Garden email are also great for women in reproductive years. It is particularly good for pregnant women.

3. Utazi Leaf

Health benefits of utazi; International Year of Fruits and Vegetables; Lumenar
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The utazi Leaf is usually used as a spice for delicacies like yam porridge,white soup, nkwobi, abacha and many other local dishes.

Asides it’s bitter-sweet taste, utazi Leaf has essential oils, alkaloids, minerals, vitamins and amino acids needed by the human body. Utazi enhances the activities of the pancreas, regulates blood sugar and promotes the detoxification of the liver.

4. Cucumber

Benefits of Cucumber; Lumenar
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Cucumbers are very good. They boost your overall health and promote hydration. Beauties in the house, cucumbers maintain your skin health and it’s very good for weight-loss. The fruit is right in electrolytes and it helps to fight cancer and diabetes.

When you eat at least 5 servings fruits and vegetables in a day, you save yourself many medical stress.

As you adhere to the goodnews of #IYFV2021, let us not forget the importance of deworming. The frequent consumption of fruits and vegetables will naturally expose you to worm infestation. Thus, you need to deworm at least every 3 months.

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