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DANGEROUS MYTH ABOUT TYPHOID AND FUFU THAT MAKES PEOPLE CONFUSED AND AFRAID. A MUST READ

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Fufu is one those nourishment that is eaten alongside vegetables, soups etc in most parts of West Africa like Ghana and Nigeria. It is highly consumed in Cameroon especially by the bayangi people who use it to complete their traditional meals alongside eru or tanchot soups.

 

 

Fufu and Eru
Fufu and Eru

Fufu is made from cassava where by the peeled cassava is  left to ferment in water for days before its being washed using a strainer. Fufu can be stored in bags, in containers or refrigerated.

Fufu production
Fufu production

But now, the issue has always been and the debate still continues, most homes in which I’ve lived in, children were asked not to eat fufu which the notion that it gives typhoid and the adults were allowed to eat fufu with the notion that their systems are stronger, and they can withstand some things which children couldn’t. Don’t know if this was a good decision.

But as time went on, I became scared of eating the fufu as well with the fear that maybe the bacteria is piling up and one day the typhoid that may strike me may be unbearable. But little did i know Fufu does not give typhoid.

 

Typhoid is caused by Salmonella enterica serotype typhi bacteria or by Salmonella paratyphi a related bacterium. This bacteria stays in the human body and spreads to most of our organs like the blood streams and that’s when it begins to react. Typhoid is not spread by animals but by human beings and this can be passed in several ways. You can have Typhoid by drinking or eating the bacteria in contaminated food or water.

 

I mentioned earlier that to make fufu, cassava is being allowed to ferment for days in water before it’s being washed. What will make a human being contract typhoid is when the water used in making the fufu or cooking the fufu is not clean and contains this bacteria mentioned above.

 

This is one of the cheapest things in the market and fufu is no doubt good for the body because it’s rich in Carbohydrates and supplies enough energy for the body, its high in potassium and has low cholesterol. But if fufu is properly taken care of, you won’t enjoy these benefits.

 

That’s why i’m urging us all to strive for cleanliness and watch the water we use in making a lot of things like washing vegetables, fruits. Because dirty water causes typhoid and many other things. Fufu is good but not too much of it, of course you don’t want to be extremely and exaggeratedly fat but it does not cause typhoid, what will make you think fufu causes typhoid is the water we use in making it. And most of our African societies don’t use clean containers and water that’s why the bacteria freely enters the system and the next thing we’re so sick and throwing up with infected intestines and this can easily be passed on.

 

Hope this article was helpful to you, and if you have anything to share please feel free to do so in the comment section and don’t forget to share with many in order to create more awareness. Challenge yourself today and go to areas where they make fufu and tell our mothers who sell in the markets the right hygienic measures to use wen making fufu. You may just save a life.

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