Maintain a healthy diet – Agri-ministry advises

amid COVID-19 pandemic

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Ministry of Agriculture continues to promote the importance of consuming a daily nutritional diet, particularly during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Chief Technical Officer, George Jervis told DPI, the ministry is on a mission to discourage the use of inorganic food across the nation.

“Particularly for those public servants at home and the small-scale farmers who will be planting during this season, we want to encourage healthy, wholesome diets,” the Technical Officer stressed, during a recent zoom interview.

Research has shown that eating a well-balanced meal helps to support one’s immune system.

The ministry is encouraging citizens to eat as much fresh fruits and vegetables as possible. These are rich in vitamins and minerals; and while canned fruits are available, it is important to read the labels carefully and decide what is best for you and your family.

It is also prudent to wash this foodstuff thoroughly before consumption.

Persons are also urged to limit the use of highly processed foods, and rather than giving children sweets or salty snacks, opt for healthier options like nuts or dried fruits.

Further, they can also support their immune system by consuming a rich diet in whole grains, nuts and healthy fats such as peanut, olive, sesame “or other oils rich in unsaturated fatty acids.”

Staying well-hydrated also helps the immune system; be sure to drink a lot of water regularly.

Health officials have advised persons to avoid frozen foods since most are high in sodium, fat and calories.

Additionally, staying physically active complements a healthy diet.

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