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Promotional display of nutritional fruits and vegetables....A female viewing the Taiwanese farm stall at the World Food Day celebrations at Art GalleryPromotional display of nutritional fruits and vegetables....A female viewing the Taiwanese farm stall at the World Food Day celebrations at Art Gallery

CONSUMPTION of unhealthy foods leads to costly treatment of Non-Communicable Diseases in Solomon Islands.

That’s according to the supervising minister for agriculture Connelly Sandakabatu.

Speaking on World Food Day, Wednesday, Mr Sandakabatu said:

 “The more unhealthy food we have access to, the more nutritional related illnesses we will see in our hospitals and clinics, resulting in huge financial burden for the country in trying to treat the illnesses.

“Therefore the healthier foods we have access to and consume, the result is that we have lesser related illness which will eventually reduces government spending on its public health facilities to treat ill people.’

The minister said sustainable food systems for Food Security and Nutrition has been the official theme and focus of World Food Day in 2013.

He said the focus of the theme is to remind ourselves that we are what we eat; healthy people result of healthy foods and healthy foods is the outcome of healthy food system.

“The types of food one has access to and consumes determine one’s health and nutritional status; consumption outcomes are direct results of food accessed.

“The famous saying ‘You are what you eat’ is absolutely correct in defining the results of food accessed and consumed,” Mr Sandakabatu added.

He pointed out that the country is flooded with so much processed foods and everything is instant.

“There is instant noodles, instant coffee, instant this and that and the end result nutritionally is instant death. 

“The most important means of avoiding or reducing the chances of contracting NCDs or nutritional related illnesses is to eat healthy food.

“The World food Day theme for this year is pointing us toward this direction,” said the Supervising Minister.

Mr Sandakabatu also said that every aspect of the food system has an effect on the final availability and accessibility of diverse, nutritious foods and therefore on the consumers’ ability to choose healthy diets.

“Food systems are made up of the environment, people, institutions and process by which agricultural products, processed and brought to consumers.

“The benefit of a healthy food system outweighs any medical interventions that may be introduced to counter the effects of eating unhealthy foods.”

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