Consumers of kakro, made with rotten plantain risk suffering from cancer, a former dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Ghana, Professor George Tawia Odamtten has said.
According to him, rotten plantain contains a type of fungi which poses health risks to the lungs.
The Professor further stressed that the continues consumption of kakro made with rotten plantain could lead to cancer.
Prof. Odamtten made this known while delivering a public lecture organised by the Ghana Academy of Arts and Science in Accra.
“The ‘kakro’ we all enjoy with beans is mostly prepared with soft plantain but buying the spoilt plantain to prepare it is what I am not encouraging”, he said.
He urged market women to be wary of the kind of plantain they use in preparing kakro, while also calling on civil society groups to “help farmers” preserve crops from decaying.
Kakro is made from mashed ripened plantain shaped into balls and deep fried.
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