#HealthyTuesday: 3 reasons to eat Suya with vegetables

Consumers of barbecued beef popularly called “Suya” have been advised to always ensure that generous portions of onions, cabbage, tomatoes and other vegetables were eaten along with it.

Suya is generally made with skewered beef, ram, or chicken. Innards such as kidney, liver and tripe are also used.

Reasons to eat suya with vegetables are:

  1. Eating Suya can cause cancer

An expert once said there is a link between its consumption and increased risk of cancer.Eating Suya can actually cause cancer due to the reaction of meat and the smoke during Suya preparation. Many Suya sellers make it by burning all sort of woods and charcoal to make their fire. Some even throw in such things as plastics to make their fire burn brighter.

This results in a toxic compound called Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons that can cause cancer. Exposure to large amounts of coal tar creosote may result in convulsions, unconsciousness, and even death.

Consumption of Suya garnished with onions, and other vegetables increase the antioxidants in the body and have a healthy cancer-lowering effect. The antioxidants can neutralize or react with the toxic metabolite from food to prevent cancer.

Grilling meat is better than smoking it.


        2. Possible contraction of Zoonotic disease

A zoonotic disease is a disease that can be passed between animals and humans. Suya meats are undercooked, and in some occasions, they carry blood in them. Therefore, this increases the chances of contracting zoonotic diseases from Suya.

Other diseases that can be passed from animals to humans include LEPTOSPIROSIS, BRUCELLOSIS, BUBONIC PLAGUESALMONELLOSIS, etc.




3. Tapeworm Infection (Taenia saginata)

It is caused by a parasite found in beef…a zoonotic tapeworm, transmitted by eating raw or uncooked meat and pork or infected animals. The infection may come without any noticeable symptoms. Heavy infection often results in weight loss, dizziness, abdominal pain, diarrhea, headaches, nausea, constipation, chronic indigestion, and loss of appetite. Heavy infections may also lead to intestinal obstruction in humans.

Suya makes a yummy delicacy if well cooked and appropriate types of woods are used for smoking.


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