The 2016 Global Nutrition Report has been launched

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Kenya on Tuesday joined four other countries to simultaneously launch the Global Nutrition report 2016.

The Global Nutrition Report (GNR) is an annual independent review of the state of the world’s nutrition status. Besides Kenya, this year’s report was launched in South Africa, Sweden, the USA and India.

Kenya was picked alongside the other four countries to launch the GNR 2016 to celebrate the positive progress the country has made in tackling some of the world’s health challenges including obesity and related diseases

According to the GNR report 2016 launched by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at a Nairobi Hotel,  “Kenya is the only country in the world that has shown progress in all the five World Health Assembly (WHA) nutrition targets”.

The report also commends Kenya highly for developing plans to target Non Communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes.

“This indeed shows the country’s commitment to address the challenge and though the country still struggles with the issue (diabetes) and a growing burden of obesity and NCDs, it is a source of hope and a best practice where (Kenya) other countries can learn from”, says a summary of the GNR 2016.

The First Lady said she was proud to be associated with the report which she had endorsed earlier in the year because it singles Kenya as a country that has made significant gains in addressing the global challenges of obesity, NCDs and in devolving nutrition data to the lowest levels in the country.

She also expressed happiness that the GNR 2015 had also highlighted Kenya as a country that was in course in meeting WHA targets for maternal and Child Nutrition.

“It is our leadership in these areas of health and nutrition; and our demonstrated commitment to achieving greater levels of both, that is the reason why Kenya is launching this report alongside four other countries in the world—the United States, Sweden,  South Africa and India”, said the First Lady.

The First Lady who is the patron of the scaling-up nutrition movement said  the Kenya’s National strategy for the prevention of NCDs and the National Nutrition Action

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5 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT BANANA

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I went to the fruit stall today and my eye caught the attention of that crescent shaped yellow fruit and it bright colour really attracted me. I took two fingers though.
Today I would like us to look at the health benefits of bananas that you may have not  considered.

1) Banana contains potassium and it is  important because of its vasodilation effect. The RDI(Recommended Daily Intake) is 4700mg of potassium. A study in London imperial college  found that children who ate 1 banana per day had a 34% less chance of developing asthma.

2)Banana also combat the formation of free radicals and also lowers colorectal cancer. It is also good for the heart due to its fiber,  vitamin C and potassium content.It thereby reduces your risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Limit banana intake if you are on antihypertensive drugs such as beta blockers which also increases potassium production.

3)In case someone is having diarrhea, banana can be given to the victim to replace the loss electrolyte(potassium).

4) It contains trytophan which boost mood and also helps to preserve memory.

5)Nutrition profile of bananas provide that 1 medium banana(126 grams)  contains 110 calories,30 grams of carbohydrates, and 1 gram of protein. It is free of fat, cholesterol and sodium.

Enjoy your bananas.

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Contributor
Isaac Agyei Annor

Update: New Version of the decade old EatWell Plate

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The British Dietetic Association  announced on their website last Thursday,17th March,2016  that the Public Health England has released an updated version of the Eat Well Plate. 
When I came across the news,I was wondering what informed  the development of the new version of the Eatwell plate.
The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for registered dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The process of producing the new plate included extensive reviews of updates in the latest research, guidance and evidence in the topic of diet, nutrition and health.
Below are some of the reasons that informed the development of the new version of the EatWell Plate.
1) The new model includes recommendations for fluid consumption, with suggestions for healthy options. As sugar sweetened drinks currently provide a significant proportion of energy intake for many people often with little nutritional benefit, the increased awareness of healthier options and clearly defined upper limits for fruit juice and smoothies should help decrease the excessive consumption of these products.

2) The recommendation of at least five portions of vegetables and fruit every day is outlined in the model, which provides consistent messaging for the 5-a-day campaign. Vegetables and fruits are important sources of dietary fibre and it is good to see fibre mentioned more explicitly than before.

3) Additionally the updated Plate refers to the concept of sustainability in food consumption, for example with the explicit inclusion of beans and pulses within the protein section, which is becoming increasingly important globally.

Developing a perfect model is a huge challenge, particularly with the need to consider sustainability as well as healthy eating within a diverse culture. However, the new Eat Well Plate guide should support the promotion of a healthier and more sustainable intake of food and drinks, leading to a healthier population.

Kirsten Whitehead (Dietitian and BDA spokesperson)
For more information about the EatWell Plate and British Dietetics Association
visit their site.

Source
http://www.bda.uk.com