nutrition Experts have warned pregnant women against consuming rotten tomatoes, which contain aflatoxin, which can cause serious health problems for the woman and her unborn child.
Experts say pregnant women should avoid eating rotten tomatoes. Tomatoes contain mycotoxins that can lead to birth defects and slow growth in children.
According to them, high doses of aflatoxin, one of the most toxic mycotoxins, can also lead to liver damage and immune suppression.
A nutritionist said this in an exclusive interview with PUNCH HealthWise, saying even people who aren’t pregnant should avoid consuming stinking tomatoes.
The World Health Organization says that mycotoxins can cause a variety of adverse health effects and pose serious health threats to both humans and livestock.
The WHO notes that the adverse health effects of mycotoxins range from acute poisoning to long-term effects such as immunodeficiency and cancer.
Susan Holdbrook, a clinical dietician in the Department of Biochemical Nutrition at the Nigerian Institute of Medicine in Yaba, Lagos, told correspondents what kind of tomatoes to buy to make stew as Christmas is just around the corner. said to have to be careful. especially pregnant women.
Holdbrookee urged Nigerians to resist the temptation to buy rotten tomatoes because they are cheap, and warned that such tomatoes are often unhealthy for human consumption and can damage the liver.
The nutritionist also said it was unhealthy for people to pick tomatoes and eat them without washing them, pointing out that typhoid fever and diarrhea can come from fungus-infected tomatoes.
Here’s what nutritionists say about the health risks of consuming rotten tomatoes:
“Aflatoxin causes severe liver damage in humans and immunodeficiency in animals. It causes stunted growth in children.
“It causes developmental delay in children and leads to liver cancer. These are what aflatoxin is known to cause.
“Prolonged exposure to aflatoxin can lead to birth defects. It suppresses a person’s immunity and makes them vulnerable to all kinds of infectious agents.”
“Imagine a pregnant woman going to eat something like that. It might not be cooked properly. It would affect not only the woman, but the baby as well.
“Sometimes, in the process, she may lose her pregnancy. And if she doesn’t miscarry, some cells may mutate, which could lead to cancer in the future.”