Nutrition and The Future of Our Food Sector

Going through the 2017 Global Nutrition report from Development Initiatives and the figures that have been collated. It shows that children are the worst hit by nutritional challenges despite the huge investments by governments, donor agencies, aid organizations etc.

Based on available statistics,  2 billion people lack key micro-nutrients like iron and vitamin A. 155 million children have stunted growth. 2 billion adults are  over weight or obese. 41 million children are overweight and 88% of the countries face serious burden of 2 or 3 forms of malnutrition.

The world faces a grave nutritional crisis but the Sustainable Development Goals presents an unprecedented opportunity to change that. A well nourished world is a better world.

Yet despite the significant steps the world has taken towards improving nutrition and associated health burdens over recent decades, this year’s Global Nutrition Report shows what a large scale and universal problem nutrition is.

The global community is grappling with multiple burdens of malnutrition. Our analysis shows that 88% of countries for which we have data face a serious burden of either two or three forms of malnutrition (childhood stunted growth, anaemia in  women of reproductive age and over weight in adult women).

Without boring you with much of what’s contained in the report, what are the solutions? Because that is where opportunities lie.

One of such crops that has the potential of contributing to the improvement of our nutrition is pepper.

Here are four reasons to increase your red pepper consumption as highlighted by #Julie_Daniluk in one of her articles:

1. Red bell peppers contain more than 200 percent of your daily vitamin C intake.

Besides being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C helps the proper absorption of iron. If you are iron deficient try  combining red peppers with your iron source for maximum absorption.

2. Red bell peppers are a great source of vitamin B6 and folate. Both these vitamins and can help prevent anemia.

3. Red bell peppers helps to  support healthy night vision. Red bell peppers are high in vitamin A, which helps to support healthy night vision.

4. Burn more calories with red bell peppers. Recent research has shown that sweet red peppers can activate thermogenesis and increase metabolic rate.

From the above one should therefore deduce the right decision to take with regards to pepper intake and it’s benefits. And also the business and huge opportunities .

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