An official the Nutrition Department of the Koforidua Regional Hospital is calling on parents to give fruits to their children as snacks for school instead of flavoured drinks.
Raymond Lawer of the Nutrition Department of the Koforidua Regional Hospital has advised parents against buying coloured and flavoured drinks for their kids.
The nutritionist is instead asking parents to give their children fruits, which are natural and nourishing.
He explained that fruits often have the natural nutrients needed by the children for their healthy growth while many of the drinks on the market are made up of sugar and flavours, which do not.
Lawer was speaking at a training workshop for teachers in-charge of 4-H Clubs in their schools on food and nutrition programme of 4-H Ghana.
The 4-H Ghana is a youth-focused non-governmental organisation, which currently has many clubs in schools in the country engaged in school gardening .
It has been known for a pretty long time that in order to cut cost of production, investors in foods use cheaper and artificial alternatives to make products.
Drinks are probably the single most notable aspect of the foods industry in which investors get away with using additives and chemicals required to make them spend less on production.
The Ghanaian market for instance, is saturated with fruit drinks that are clearly not made from natural fruits. Somehow, they pass the test from the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).
As part of the meeting with the 4-H Clubs, participants were warned of the dangers of consuming flavoured drinks which include, diabetes as well as heart and dental related ailments.
In severe situations, people could die from flavoured drinks.
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