CONSUMPTION OF BOUILLON CUBES COULD BE DANGEROUS TO YOUR HEALTH
In the commercial production of bouillon cubes, there are three major ingredients used that are of health concerns. They are salt, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and hydrogenated fats. Several studies have linked these three ingredients to negative health effects.
Excess salt in our diet can lead to high blood pressure. Consumption of hydrogenated fats can increase your risk of developing heart disease, stroke and high blood cholesterol. MSG is used as a flavour enhancer and it is a controversial product in the research world.
While some studies have not confirmed it to be dangerous to health, some have linked it to brain damage, nervous disorders, type 2 diabetes and obesity.
However, some people have a sensitivity to #MSG. They show immediate adverse reactions when they consume foods containing MSG including bouillon cubes. Some of the symptoms produced include:
👉Feeling of pressure on the face
👉Nausea and vomiting
👉Pain in the face, back, neck or chest
These symptoms are usually temporary. If you experience any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor and ask for a referral to see a #dietitian.
When preparing your meals, It's advisable that you use bouillon cubes sparingly if you must use it. However, a healthier alternative is to use natural spices such as African locust beans (#iru) fermented sesame seed (#ogiri), crayfish, ginger, garlic, dried fish, onions to enhance the taste of your meals. These wouldn't only make the taste of our meals better but they will increase their nutritional values.
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