I am Mr Suya, but after Prof Isaac Adewole’s talk during the First Annual Black Tie Gala event organised by the Tristate Heart Foundation (THF) I probably should get rid of that name. Suya can be very delicious and may have certain benefits as a delicacy, still there are things you should watch out for before letting that tasty meat drop into your mouth.
Cigarette kills due to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). In preparing Suay materials such as wood,charcoal…. are burnt and many of these materials contain Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) which is a cacinogen.
During the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak, we were warned to stay away from Monkey and Bat meats. There was also a stern warning to always cook our meats very well before we eat them. Cooking meat very well cannot really be said of Suya and this puts us at high risk of beef tapeworm – a zoonotic tapeworm which causes zoonotic disease which is a disease that can be passed between animals and humans. Since Suya meats are generally undercooked and in rare occasions carrying some blood on them, there is a chance that one could contact zoonotic diseases from Suya.
The infection may come without any noticeable symptoms, but heavy infection can also occur with attendant symptoms. Heavy infection often results in weight loss, dizziness, abdominal pain, diarrhea, headaches, nausea, constipation, chronic indigestion, and loss of appetite. Heavy infections may cause intestinal obstruction in humans — this can be alleviated by surgery.
Recently, Prof Isaac Adewole during the First Annual Black Tie Gala event organised by the Tristate Heart Foundation (THF) , has lamented the rate of death in Nigeria resulting from unhealthy diet. According to him, hypertension is the leading cardiovascular disease in Nigeria and can result in stroke if untreated.
Adewole, remarked that 1 in every 5 Nigerians is hypertensive and at risk of premature death, said, “Sadly, there is widespread low consumption of proteins, fruits and vegetables and increasing patronage of fast food outlets by the population.
As a result of the environment we find ourselves there is much sweetened products such as carbonated drinks, pastries, candies and other refined sugars, around us. An addition in excessive intake of salt by eating foods such as monosodium glutamate common in delicacies such as suya, kilisi, isi-ewu.. would be as good as committing suicide.
Suya can be very delicious and make a good delicacy if well cooked and appropriate types of woods are used for smoking.so its just about being careful.