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World Food Day 2021: Healthy eating tips and reducing food wastage

World Food Day 2021 is commemorated today under the theme “reducing food waste and promoting local ecosystems. “

The World Food Day is an initiative by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations celebrated on 16th October every year. 

It’s a global event that calls for worldwide awareness and collective action to combat hunger and ensure healthy diets for all. 

The 2021 World Food Day comes at a time when countries worldwide are reeling from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

As the world marks the day, FAO highlights the following;

  • Almost 40% of the world’s population cannot afford a healthy diet.
  • 2 million people are obese or overweight due to poor diet and sedentary lifestyles.
  • The world’s food systems are responsible for more than 33% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
  • 14% of the world’s food is lost due to inadequate harvesting, handling, storage, and transit, and 17% is wasted at a consumer level.
  • The world’s agri-food systems employ over 1 billion people which is more than any other sector.

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World Food Day 2021: Healthy eating tips at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic

The right nutrition is paramount to ensure a healthy body and build a strong immunity to battle the coronavirus.

Healthy tips

  • Include in your diet fresh fruits (lime, watermelon, pomegranate, orange, apple, avocado) to boost your immunity.
  • Have a well-balanced diet; enough leafy greens (spinach, broccoli, kale), legumes (lentils, beans), wholegrain (maize, millet, rice), fresh vegetables, dairy products, and nuts.
  • Avoid unhealthy, oily, starchy foods (chips, fries, cookies) 
  • Limit your sugar intake
  • Switch to homemade foods and avoid highly processed foods or fast foods.
  • Have at least 8-10 glasses of water daily. 

Reducing food wastage

  • Choose a healthy diet and avoid ultra-processed foods, to influence what the market provides and maintain a healthy body and environment.
  • Select healthy products which are sustainable to the environment. 
  • Improve food storage and reduce wastage at home, “Buy what you use and use it all!”
  • Recycle as much as possible and reuse old water at home. Try composting and put nutrients back into the soil. You can also start your own green patch of fruits, vegetables, or herbs.
  • Support small farmers and local producers to nurture local ecosystems.

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