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7 FOODS THAT CAN BE FATAL

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We all have the erroneous idea of thinking that ripe and delicious food are safe, and bitter ones are bad and dangerous for our health – but this is not necessarily true. There are foods we eat every day and keep in our fridges that we actually shouldn’t be eating, and here is a list of 10 foods we find delicious but which could harm us – or in higher quantities kill us.

1. SEEDS OF FRUITS

It is okay to eat and enjoy natural fruits, but consuming their pits or hard core could be fatal in many ways. Eating the pits of cherry, peach, apricot, peach or olives is bad for your health – and it does not matter if they are ground into a powder. The pits of these among other fruits contain prussic acid – a type of hydrogen cyanide which is often used in fumigating solutions and organic compounds. Eat only the ripe flesh of these fruits and avoid their central pits.

2. POTATOES

Who doesn’t love potatoes? A potato is an underground stolon that bears edible starchy tubers and widely cultivated as a garden vegetable. Its vines are poisonous. Potatoes are eaten as a staple in many households, its leaves, stem and tuber contain glycoalkaloids which has been associated with diarrhea, headaches, confusion, cramps, and in rare cases coma and death.

3. HONEY

Honey is sweet to the tongue and almost every household in the entire world have a bottle for consumption. Honey can also be applied in various ways to meet domestic needs, but its raw form can be deadly if care is not taken. Raw honey is never pasteurized to destroy the toxins injected by bees in it, making it contain grayanotoxin. High levels of grayanotoxin is known to cause nausea, dizziness, body weakness, sweating, and vomiting among others.

4. CASSAVA

Cassava is only known as tapioca in many parts of the world, and it is largely consumed as a family staple in Africa. Cassava is also a rich source of starch, and other substances. It can be eaten boiled, made into chips, or converted to several kinds of household meals. But hold on! Scientific research suggests the crop is high in linamarine and its tuber is rich in cyanide – an organic compound that could be very poisonous and quite deadly to consumers.

5. CASHEW NUTS

Do you have a bottle of cashew nuts in your home? Almost everyone does because it is available in supermarkets and various community stores. While everyone enjoys the crunchy snack, little do people know that the nut contains the chemical urushiol, also found in poison ivy. The urushiol toxin has been removed from cashew nuts you buy in supermarkets, so it is very dangerous and fatal to consume raw cashew nuts. Many people are allergic to cashew nuts and it is best for such people avoid the nut completely, raw or roasted.

6. TUNA FISH

Tuna fish is usually served as steak and quite delicious to the palate. But tuna frequently absorbs mercury which is very harmful to the body. Mercury can damage the organs of the body and be very deadly to children and pregnant women if consumed in tuna. Consuming a single steak of tuna may not harm you, but consuming tuna fish frequently over a long period of time could cause deposits of mercury to build up on your body, causing organ damage.

7. TOMATOES

Tomatoes are used to prepare stew and used in salads among other household meals. But only the fruit is safe to eat, tomato leaves and stems can induce digestive problems due to the alkali chemicals they contain. So if you enjoy consuming tomatoes as a vegetable in salads and meals, avoid eating its leaves or stem, and do not consume unripe tomato fruits because these can be quite deadly.

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COVID-19: Nigeria records 1444 New cases, more deaths

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Nigeria, on Sunday, recorded one thousand, four hundred and forty-four (1444) new COVID-19 cases in the country.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the figure in a tweet via its Twitter handle Sunday night.

Lagos, Plateau, Kaduna, FCT, Ebonyi and Akwa Ibom top the list with 901, 136, 57, 54, 53 and 52 cases, respectively.

According to the NCDC, Nigeria recorded fifteen additional deaths in the last 24 hours.

Nigeria has now recorded 110, 387 COVID-19 cases and 1,435 deaths officially.

NCDC tweeted: “1444 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-901

Plateau-136

Kaduna-57

FCT-54

Ebonyi-53

Akwa Ibom-52

Nasarawa-32

Osun-29

Ogun-28

Imo-16

Oyo-16

Edo-15

Kano-14

Rivers-10

Ekiti-7

Borno-6

Abia-5

Benue-4

Yobe-4

Kebbi-3

Anambra-2

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Seven deaths as NCDC confirms 476 new COVID-19 infections

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Seven people were confirmed to have died of COVID complications on Thursday, increasing Nigeria’s fatality toll to 992.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the new deaths in its update for August 20.

According to the agency, 476 new positive samples were recorded in 17 states and the federal capital territory (FCT), and Lagos topped the list with 235 infections.

Thursday figure of new cases signified a slight drop in the number of positive samples recorded on Wednesday when 593 infections were confirmed.

However, recoveries increased by a slim margin with 265 patients discharged – a total of 37,569 people have now recovered across the country.

A total of 50,964 cases have now been confirmed in 36 states and the FCT.

Meanwhile, the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 has expressed concern about the low turnout for tests.

Speaking at a media briefing in Abuja on Thursday, Boss Mustapha, chairman of the PTF and secretary to the government of the federation, emphasised the need for Nigerians to embrace voluntary testing.

“So far, our national response has shown that Nigeria is following the science through effective case management, but we need to improve our testing. Our testing infrastructure has been increased to undertake up to 15,000 tests per day but we are currently testing between 3,000 to 6,000 daily due mainly to people still not subjecting themselves for testing. I, therefore, want to seize this opportunity to enjoin Nigerians to get tested,” he said.

“The PTF continues to analyse and rely on data to forestall any sign of upsurge and adapting best global practices to sustain successes. That Nigeria, along with South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Algeria, contributed to the recorded lowest weekly coronavirus confirmed cases is a testament of our successes.

“The challenge, therefore, remains for us to improve on the path of driving the pandemic out of Nigeria so that we can go back to our normal lives.”

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