- Tilapia has become a very sought after marine product among the Ghanaian community
- This fish can be processed in many ways to suit the tastes buds of whoever patronises it. Be it grilled, smoked fried or salted, including it in one's meal makes a whole lot of difference
- However, medical findings have revealed that excessive consumption of salted tilapia popularly known in the local parlance as 'koobi' can cause heart related diseases
Head of Cardiology at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr Abdul Sahmed Tanko, has cautioned the public against excessive consumption of salted tilapia (koobi)
According to him the excessive consumption of the salted tilapia has been cited as one of the causes of heart-related diseases in Ghana.
Speaking at the launch of World Heart Day in Accra, he described foul-smelling fish known popularly as ‘momoni’ as dangerous for one’s health and thus, has to be taken in moderation.
“We put so much salt in our foods which is not good for our health. Excessive intake of ‘koobi’ 'kako'and ‘momoni’ can also cause heart-related diseases and I advise against it. We have to eat them in moderation,” he said.
In March 2017, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, who doubles as an accomplished heart surgeon and Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, warned fishmongers to stop using a chemical called formalin to preserve ‘koobi’ which has been found to be injurious to human health.
He said the chemical which is used for preserving corpses, can cause cancer and other life-threatening diseases when consumed in any food including the salted dried fish, ‘koobi’.
Meanwhile, Kada Jones, aged 14, has been forced by her school authority, Portchester Community School in Fareham, Hants, to either sit alone in isolation or stay at home because she is too big for school uniform, saying that her skirt does not match the school’s requirement.
Kada, who returned to school after the summer holiday, for her first term in year 10, had to wear a different skirt different from what the school asked for because of her big body size, Daily Mail reports.
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