Excessive Intake of ‘Kelewele’ Can Cause Night Blindness – Food & Drugs Authority Declares
The Ghana Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has issued a statement cautioning all Ghanaian to limit their consumption of ‘Kelewele’ (Hot plantain crisps) as this can cause night blindness (Nyctalopia).
According to the Authority, a recent study carried out by an independent research body and supported by them has revealed that most night blindness cases recorded in various Ghanaian hospitals are caused by excessive intake of ‘Kelewele’.
Speaking to ScrewLife.Com in an exclusive interview, the Chief Executive Officer of Food and Drugs Board – Mr. Hudu Mogtari – said his outfit is very credible when it comes to issues relating to food and drugs so Ghanaians should not disregard this timely warning.
“We know Kelewele is a very delicious snack that no human being can resist when its aroma starts calling. However, the ugly side of it is that when a person consumes it often, that individual becomes predisposed to night blindness,” Mr. Mogtari emphatically stated.
Explaining further, the CEO said because ‘Kelewele’ is often fried and consumed at night, it becomes friends with the body organisms.
“Familiarity, they say, breeds contempt, and as a result of the body bacteria having close association with the Kelewele, the bacteria lose focus of fighting against the saturated fats the oil used in frying the Kelewele contains. The fats therefore blocks the eye retina, which eventually leads to night blindness.”
“The Food and Drugs Authority is therefore warning all ‘Kelewele’ lovers to stay away from enjoying this delicious snack at night – that’s if you value your sight,” he added.
It’s now obvious that most of the foods we eat are creating problems for us. If it’s not about avoiding eating fufu on Sundays for fear of cancer, then it’s surely about shunning Kenkey with pepper at night because that one also affects fertility.