International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women annually. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. As this year’s campaign theme implies #BalanceforBetter, we urge everyone to appreciate and encourage women around us to live a Better, Healthy and Balanced life.

Appreciation can be shown in both words and actions. There are many ways of showing appreciation, one of the healthy, caring and loving ways is by giving a gift. Giving women gifts is one of the best ways of deep appreciation of the things we admire in women.

All humans enjoy feeling appreciated, but some people may find it difficult to express emotions of gratitude. One of the most meaningful ways of showing acts of kindness to women is to get her that which will better bring out and complement their cooking capabilities, we recommend Grand Pure Soya Oil.

The 2019 theme #BalanceforBetter campaign runs all year long. It doesn’t end on International Women’s Day. Today, we appreciate WOMEN and we will forever appreciate them and encourage them to live a healthy life style.

 

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HAPPY WORLD EGG DAY – An egg a day reduces chances of Cardiovascular Disease

World Egg Day was established at the IEC Vienna 1996 conference when it was decided to celebrate World Egg Day on the second Friday in October each year. For centuries, eggs have played a major role in feeding families around the globe. They are an unbeatable package when it comes to versatility and top-quality protein at a very affordable price. Lately, research studies have it that at least eating an egg daily reduces Cardiovascular disease CVD in several ways.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of death and disability worldwide. Though, modifiable factors, such as smoking, alcohol, physical inactivity and dietary factors, also play crucial roles in the development of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). Eggs contain high-quality protein, many vitamins and bioactive components such as phospholipids and carotenoids. Eating at least an egg a day will significantly cut your risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study from Chinese researchers. Daily egg consumption was associated with a 30% lower risk of total stroke mortality compared with very occasional (rare) consumption.
The study led by researchers from Peking University Health Science Center was narrowed down to people who did not have prior cancer, cardiovascular disease or diabetes. Moreso, the studies recruited more than 500,000 people in China between 2004 and 2008 to ask about their egg consumption.
The results from the study published in the journal Heart showed people who consumed not less than an egg a day carried a lower risk for cardiovascular disease and strokes compared to those who didn’t eat eggs at all.
Eggs have long received a bad rap over concerns it could boost cholesterol, but have been recommended more frequently by dietary experts for their high protein and other nutrients like Vitamins D and K as well as omega-3 fatty acids.
Vital Poultry Feeds provides the right nutrition for the layers to produce healthy, balanced, big-size and quality eggs that support human nutrition.

Source: https://heart.bmj.com/content/early/2018/04/17/heartjnl-2017-312651

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Breast Cancer Signs and Symptoms
Knowing how your breasts normally look and feel is an important part of breast health. Finding breast cancer as early as possible gives you a better chance of successful treatment. Sometimes a breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes under the arm or around the collar bone and cause a lump or swelling there, even before the original tumor in the breast is large enough to be felt. But knowing what to look for does not take the place of having regular mammograms (screening tool to detect early breast cancer in women experiencing no symptoms)  and other screening tests. Screening tests can help find breast cancer in its early stages, before any symptoms appear.

symptoms of breast cancer include:
Skin changes, such as swelling, redness, or other visible differences in one or both breasts
An increase in size or change in shape of the breast(s)
Changes in the appearance of one or both nipples
Nipple discharge other than breast milk
General pain in/on any part of the breast
Lumps or nodes felt on or inside of the breast

is breast cancer only for ladies?
Breast cancer in men is rare, but it does happen. Less than 1% of all breast cancers occur in men. For men, the lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.

When to see a doctor
Don’t panic or be fearful when you notice breast changes. However, be proactive about your health and visit a doctor to determine the cause of any breast symptoms. Each of the six changes listed above can warrant a visit to the doctor, especially if these changes do not seem to relate to one of the following:
the menstrual cycle.
Injury.
previous illness, such as a breast infection.

World Heart Day

World Heart Day takes place on 29th September every year.  The day is part of an international campaign to spread awareness about cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke prevention. This year’s global campaign theme is MY HEART, YOUR HEART. It’s about saying to ourselves, the people we care about and individuals all around the world, “What can I do right now to look after MY HEART… and YOUR HEART?

High blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose levels, lack of exercise and unhealthy diets are all factors which can trigger heart diseases and increase the risk of premature death.  World Heart Day was conceived to instill the message that if heart problems can be identified early enough, many heart problems can be prevented.

The main purpose of the campaign is to improve health nationally by encouraging positive lifestyle changes, enlightening and educating people on ways to keep their hearts healthy at all time.  One major aspect which causes heart problems is carrying excess weight on the body.  On World Heart Day, events like walks, runs, concert and sport activities take place globally to promote healthy lifestyles and healthy hearts.

 

WORLD RABIES DAY

Rabies is a viral disease that causes swelling in the brain of warm blooded mammals. It is most frequently transmitted by a bite, and can cross between species; such as from dog to human. It is one of the most dreaded diseases in the world. It causes the most human deaths of all zoonotic diseases (diseases which can be spread between animals and humans). This year marks the twelfth year of bringing the global community together to fight against Rabies. The theme for this year is “Rabies: Share the message, Save a life”.

This campaign had since emphasized on three important points: Educate people on what Rabies is (education); Create awareness on how to prevent/reject rabies (Eliminate); and end Rabies by 2030 (Eradicate).

Tips to reduce the risks of contracting rabies:

Vaccinate your pets against rabies

Do not handle wild or stray animals to avoid being bitten Contact your vet doctor when your dog starts acting strangely.

Always seek medical attention if you’ve been bitten by a dog.

If a strange or wild animal bites your pet, contact your veterinarian immediately to determine if your pet needs medical intervention. The best way to avoid rabies is to vaccinate your pet.

Key facts from WHO

Rabies is a vaccine-preventable viral disease which occurs in more than 150 countries and territories.

Dogs are the main source of human rabies’ deaths, contributing up to 99% of all rabies transmissions to humans in countries where dogs have the disease.

Rabies elimination is feasible through vaccination of dogs and prevention of dog bites. 40% of people bitten by suspect rabid animals are children under 15 years of age.

Immediate, thorough wound washing with soap and water after contact with a suspect rabid animal is crucial and can save lives.

WHO, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) have established a global “United Against Rabies” collaboration to provide a common strategy to achieve “Zero human rabies deaths by 2030”.

Source: http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/rabies

 

 

HOW TO GET READY FOR BACK-TO-SCHOOL

Back-to-school period can be very stressful depending on how you planned it. There are several things to do like shopping, schedules to keep, people to meet and appointments to make. Not to mention your child’s nerves about or resistance to the big day. We are in information age, technology has made things easy, here are some tips that will better prepare both you and your children for the inevitable disarray – and beat the fall blues while you’re at it.

PREPARE THE CALENDAR

Preparing a healthy meal is one thing and getting the children into routine is another thing, but parents need to settle into the new schedules as well. A helpful tip is to prepare the calendar as early as possible and hang it in a common area. That way, everyone in the house gets used to the idea that there are a million things to do, just around the corner! It will leave you feeling accomplished and ready.

VISIT THE SCHOOL WITH YOUR KIDS BEFORE RESUMPTION TO GET THEM FAMILIARIZED

Every child’s biggest fear is getting lost on the first day (Resumption day) – especially for kids entering a new level or school. A great way to ease their concerns is to take them there ahead of time. Walk the halls and get familiar with the settings. This will help both of you feel more prepared for a big day. This is particularly useful if your child already has their schedule, as they can find their locker and classroom colors changes.

SAVE MONEY WITHOUT LOSING TIME

Look to shopping / e-commerce website such as “UACNMARKET” to help you find the things you need at a reasonable price and reasonable time. Finding coupons and running store to store can be a real headache, but getting technology to get the work done for you is a major perk of today’s digital-age. Never underestimate the power of technology, it can really lighten the load so you have the time and energy to focus on your children’s back-to-school nerves!

RE-ESTABLISH ROUTINE

This is a must to do. During the long holidays there are journeys, special sleep-overs and everything else that gets in the way of keeping a routine. When the fall rolls around, kids struggle to settle into proper eat-times, play time and bed-times. Starting this ahead of time will mean that by the time school starts, they will have normalized the routine. Of course, the struggle will still be there, but hopefully the worst of it will be over and done with.

GET THEM EXCITED FOR SCHOOL

Encourage them with books that comprise of school themes, school environments, coloring, school settlings and friends at school. This will remind them that going to school is expected and at the same time remind them that learning can be fun. Emphasize school days as mini adventures and point out that some of their favourite characters are school-kids as well.

START A NEW TRADITION

Someone in the house has the back-to-school blues? It could be a child, or a parent, or both. To beat the blues, create a new tradition that will begin when school does, and this will give everyone something exciting to look forward to. Be it picking out a breakfast cereals as gift for teacher or something more regular like special Monday breakfasts cereals (Grand Cornflakes) just be sure it’s something the family can do together.

CONTINUITY MATTERS

After resumption, carefully follow up with them to ensure some basic things are right and ensure to choose clothing the night before school day, designate one place for clothes to keep house clean, keep shoes organized, make sure that your kids complete their homework before they go to bed, keep backpacks fully stocked so that they aren’t starve in school and organize your own items.

How to make Dambu Nama

 

Dambu Nama, originating from Northern Nigeria has won the hearts of Southern of Nigeria. It used to be only suya, kilishi and fluffy meaty snack, now innovations has brought another way. Now you get to make this in the comfort of your home, no hawkers involved and its more convenient in a short time!

Recipe

500 grams beef

2 pc seasoning cube

2 teaspoons chilli powder

1 pc onion

1 pc garlic

1 teaspoon ginger powder

3 yaji (suya spice)

2 Edible oil (Grand Pure Soya Oil)

Method

  • Wash the meat and cut into chunks – depending on your preferred size.
  • Put meat into a pot with 1½ seasoning cubes, half chopped onions, 2 crushed garlic cloves and ginger powder. Cook with little water until very tender and the meat pulls apart very easily. Ensure water dries out.
  • Put meat on a cutting board and shred the meat using two forks to pull apart in opposite direction. Alternatively pound meat in mortar if that will be more convenient with you.
  • Transfer to mixing bowl. Add in the suya spice(yaji), remaining ½ seasoning and chilli powder. Mix well and set aside.
  • Pour oil (Grand Pure Soya Oil) into a wok/frying pan and put on medium heat. Shallow fry the meat and stir constantly until golden brown and crumbly. Ensure the oil is not too much.
  • Allow to cool before serving. Dambu Nama can keep in the fridge for about 2 weeks if kept air tight.

 

The Best Feeding Practice for Cat Fish

Feeding in catfish farming is the most important task in fish farming towards a profitable catfish production. This is because, during feeding, the farmer get to observe the general welfare and growth of the fish, identifying the ones that might be ill or not growing properly, since their response to feeding might differ.

The feeding behavior of the fish is often a clue to the health of the fish and its response to the conditions and environment of the pond. Good experience in the behavior of fish should enable the person to properly observe them during feeding and also give the right feedback.

Regarding catfish feeding practices, there is no one standard practice that should apply to all farms. Every farm is peculiar and feeding practices should be based on the situation of the farm. Base on the size of the pond, you might want to feed the fish by training them to converge at a spot for a small pond (Spot Feeding) and at multiple spots for a larger pond, or you can choose to spread out the feed (Disperse Feeding) to reach every area of the pond for the fish to eat at whatever spot they choose.

No matter the feeding style you choose to employ, it is appropriate to use what will be suitable for your pond size and fish age. Experts would recommend the use of floating pelletised feed for profitable return, where a portion is used to groom the fish. Most farmers prefer using floating feed as it helps the farmer check the fish’s activity and their general condition as it reduces wastage of feed and many other benefits.

Other fish feeding practices to note are highlighted below:
 The usual practice is to feed the fish is twice daily. More than twice might lead to water pollution among others.

 Avoid underfeeding the fish or skipping daily meals in order to avoid cannibalism, poor growth.

 Always use good quality feed. Don’t choose a brand of feed because it is cheaper. Go for a fish feed that is highly nutritious and best suits your farming style.

 If you notice any sign of disease and an increased death rate of the fish, you should quickly consult your Veterinary Doctor to check the exact situation that had led to such circumstance

 For good profit for your business, avoid wasting feed via over feeding.

How To Identify Quality Fingerlings

A fingerling is a small fish that has grown to the size of a finger. They are popularly sold across fish rearing farmers because they are best used for the commercial production of fish. That is why, when buying a fingerling from a nursery, it is essential to look out for the best as this could affect your turnover.

It is very important for a fish farmer to carefully select the fingerlings that are to be brought into his farm. Quality fingerlings are as important to the fish farmer as quality seedlings are to the crop farmer. That’s because both have a direct bearing on the final harvest. Not having quality fingerlings could turn out to be a waste of the resources used in its purchase because they might eventually die off in the end, or not produce fish big enough to be sold at a good price.

So, are you a fish farmer working towards a bountiful fish output? Check the quality of your fingerlings with these:

Size

To know if the fry to be purchased is of a good quality, check if they are of the same size. Fingerlings also known as fry should be carefully observed to ensure that they are of the same size. Fingerlings of the same size often tend to grow appropriately, yielding good profit. Also, it enables the farmer to properly plan towards harvest as he/she can forecast the growth of the fingerling.

Age

There is a size appropriate to the age of a fingerling. Those that look too small or too big for their age might not be a good quality fry and should be avoided, as they might not be good for fish production. The inappropriateness of their size should tell that there is an underlying problem with them. Always carefully check that their sizes are appropriate for their age.

Fish type

Are they of the same fish type? You might be purchasing poor quality fingerlings if they are of different fish types. Avoid selecting fingerlings that are of different types. Choose the appropriate specie for the set you want to buy so that it would be easier for you to group them in the farm and attend to them according to their types.

Uniformity

The fingerlings should be of the same age. Purchasing fingerlings of different ages as a set would lead to an uneven growth of the fingerling, with some overshadowing the growth of the other in the fight for survival. It is not good practice to groom fish of different ages in the same nursery. Care should be given according to their ages.

Form

If it seems like the fingerling is diseased or has any form of injury or deformity, you might want to leave it for more healthy ones. A diseased fingerling could pose a health risk to other fishes in the farm. Good quality fingerlings will have a form that is free of diseases, injury or any form of deformity that could lead to a loss.

Whether you get good or poor quality fingerlings, proper feeding and hygiene practices are essential to having a good harvest. Use only products that provide the best nutrition for your fish. With Vital feed, the right nutrition for your farm is absolutely guaranteed.

These Qualities of Grand Pure Soya Oil Makes Frying Interesting

A variety of vegetable oils form a major part of the meals we eat on a daily basis. As such, lots of people are becoming more aware, and are getting apprehensive of the risks associated with eating foods prepared with oils with high levels of cholesterol. This is why nutrition experts recommend the use of cholesterol-free and heart-friendly oils like Grand Pure Soya Oil for all cooking. In addition to being highly nutritious, Grand Pure Soya Oil possesses unique qualities, which make frying very interesting. These qualities include the following:

It does not foam

Frying would be much more interesting without having to put up with foams that build up from the oil during the process. Using foaming oils entail constantly keeping an eye on the frying in order to prevent the foams from spilling over the top of the pan.  This can be avoided easily by choosing non-foaming cooking oil for your fries. Grand Pure Soya Oil plays this role excellently well.

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It does not produce fumes – smoke point

Fume emission during frying is a pointer to the fact that you could be using the wrong oil. These fumes may have strong smell that could be harmful when inhaled.  Usually, most other oils reach a smoking point or temperature where it begins to produce a continuous visible and bluish smoke.

The smoke is as a result of the free fatty acid (FFA) contained in the oils. The higher the FFA, the quicker the oil gets to its breaking point and begins to smoke, which is what you’d experience when frying with most other oils.

Grand Pure Soya Oil is oil extracted from the pulse seed, soya beans, hence the name soya oil. According to Nutrition and You.com, fresh soya oil contains less than 0.1% free fatty acid, implying a very high smoke point and therefore no smoke or fumes at all. This quality of Grand Pure Soya Oil indeed makes frying interesting.

It is reusable

The good thing about Grand Pure Soya Oil is that it has a very high smoke point, which makes it very difficult to exceed that point when frying. As such, it can be reused over and over again, and still maintain its quality.  However, when it is subjected to extreme hot temperature, that braking point could be achieved. Otherwise, Grand Pure Soya Oil can be reused any time, any day.

Frying with GPSO

It doesn’t evaporate.

Different oils possess varied volatility. The more volatile your oil is, the more prone to evaporations it becomes. Grand Pure Soya Oil is less volatile and much more stable to the point that it doesn’t evaporate easily. So, frying can be done over a long period of time without having to lose some of it to the heat being applied while at it.

It is triple filtered

You can easily find a lot of particles and impurities in unrefined oils. Particles and impurities lower the smoke point of oils and what you’ll observe when frying is that these oils begin to fume and smoke within the shortest possible time, with just a little amount of heat used. You can’t experience this with Grand Pure Soya Oil.

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It gives your meals a great taste

Finally, after all said and done, the taste of the pudding lies in the eating. No matter the meal, and no matter the recipe, meals cooked with Grand Pure Soya Oil turn out with such a great taste that will leave you asking for more.

Grand Pure Soya Oil is heart friendly, with unique qualities that make every frying an interesting one.