In order to solve the problem of malnutrition, a Lagos based dietician, Mr Olusola Malomo has recommended regular consumption of fruit juice.
The dietician noted that shortage of micronutrients is as life-threatning as common health challenges.
Speaking at a healthy living dialogue organised by CHI Limited, Malomo said further that fruit juice contains needed micronutrients which are usually deficient in most foods consumed.
“Absence of such nutrients could incapacitate the human system and lead to serious health challenges. Millions of people are currently suffering from a deficiency in micronutrients.
“Fruit juice contains a combination of macronutrients, micronutrients, phytonutrients and minerals. An array of micronutrients found in fruit juice contributes immensely to the ability of the body to fight free radicals and maintain a healthy status. For this reason, micronutrient malnutrition poses equal if not more serious challenge as a deficiency in macronutrients,” Malomo said.
He noted that the socio-biological issues associated with malnutrition came to the fore in 1991 at the Hidden Hunger Conference held in Montreal, Canada, where the world pledged their commitment towards reducing the burden of malnutrition.
Malomo lamented that millions of people still suffer malnutrition close to three decades after the conference, especially in third world countries.
“Regardless of the method used, 100 per cent fruit juice producers capture the fruit’s natural goodness and the qualities from the whole fruit from which the juice is squeezed,” he added.