Why You Should Consider Quitting Roadside Snacks Consumption

safety of roadside foods

I am a lover of the regular and common road side Nigeria snacks but sometimes I get disgusted at the sight of some certain things. When I say road side snacks, I mean foods like roasted and boiled corns, fried yams, fried Akara, roasted plantain, puff puffs, fried fish and other snacks that are usually sold along the streets and at various bus stops. I can imagine what question is running through your mind right now- What else is left for us to eat? Yes, sometimes I share the same thought but regardless of how hard it is, the bitter truth has to be told.

safety of roadside foods

These snacks which are technically called “ready to eat foods” have actually become part of the regular diets of many particularly the rural and local dwellers. In my quest to unravel the rampant cases of food poisonings and health hazards, I have come to realise that many of the issues are due to these kinds of food with less cases associated with homemade foods.

Just some few days ago, I and my big brother visited somewhere in Ipaja (Lagos) in his car, as we both looked by our right while in the slow moving traffic, we saw a road side Yam and Akara (fried bean cake) seller. Just in the traffic, a faulty trailer was in front of us, which was producing some very thick, dark and dangerous carbon monoxide and had most of the gas directly deposited on the displayed foods. This happens virtually every time as the seller is just by the very busy road.

We all are aware of the state of our trucks, trailer, cars and even the Lagos commercial buses, popularly called “Danfo” as regards the quality of their exhausts. What of the dust deposit on some of these snacks? Only a few of the sellers cover the foods with a transparent nylon to provide some forms of shield. The deposits are seriously causing health hazards unknowing to millions of people on daily basis.

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Oladipupo Abioye
Oladipupo is a Pediatric Nutritionist with Lagos State Ministry of Health. He is an adventurous foodie and loves to teach and render presentations on foods and nutritional topics at different symposia. He loves Messi but Chelsea FC is his baby.


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  1. This is not new but still noteworthy. Foods by the roadside are not so healthy to consume. They have been exposed to certain unhealthy things like the fumes you talked about. Kudos…

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