By Ofonime Iboro
A dietician, Mr John Tehinse, has warned people against cooking moi-moi and other foods in nylons or cellophane bags because the nylons produce dioxins, a toxic substance that causes cancer.
Mr. Tehinse issued this warning on Tuesday in Ilorin at an awareness campaign on food safety organized by the Food Safety Awareness Campaign Initiatives, funded by the European Union.
Moi Moi is a Nigerian steamed bean pudding delicacy which is made from a mixture of washed and peeled black-eyed peas, onions and fresh ground peppers.
Mr. Tehinse explained that cooking Moi-moi in nylon is very popular in Nigeria, because people are unware of the danger it carries.
He said that nylons or cellophane bags produced dioxins when heated, “they are a group of chemically-related compounds that are persistent environmental pollutants (POPs)”.
He further warned that dioxins were highly toxic and could cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer.
He advised people to use the traditional leaves to cook moi-moi. (NAN)