African are famous for their good mouth hygiene and nice, white teeth.
But that’s changing.
By now, we have the first and second generation of heavy sugar food and drinks consumers in Africa, and the most visible effect is people with bad teeth.
This morning, with a friend we can’t help but count the damage of “development” on our people teeth. Very ugly mouths.
Beyond esthetics, diseases like diabetes, ulcers, hypertension, …are skyrocketing with cancer slowing entering the daily vocabulary here.
In the name of becoming “civilized”, “modern”, “developed” our people are abandoning African traditional diet for a more alien, packaged, foreign food and drinks.
As result, the health of Africans in general is deteriorating, while the media claim we are having double digit economical growth. We should be talking about double digit health deterioration.
Our Health systems are already broken under the weight of these last decades of ‘modern’ diet, and slowly the continent is heading to a cancer and hypertension ridden area.
Eat vegetables, eat fruits, eat non packaged and processed food, eat non pesticides drown crops.
Eat fish from our rivers (not fish from China),
Eat chicken from our farm (nor the dutch chicken),
Eat sorghum bread or flour (nor European imported wheat),
Eat tomatoes from our garden (not Italian imported ones),
Eat yam and cassava (not imported potatoes),
Eat wild bean from our forest ( not canned beans from France),
Make sauce palm nuts (not canned soja tomato),
Drink sodabi (not whisky),
Enjoy palm wine, liha, tchoukoutou (not powder beers from castel or false breweries),…
Alternatives exist. Your health is more important than the flimsy good feeling of looking “westernized”.
May our ancestors diet protects you.