By Ebun Sessou
Mr.Sifo Ijewere is the Managing Director of Best Foods, a Beverage company that specialises in producing hygienic foods. He is our guest on this edition of Celebrity Tummy Talk. He speaks on why he experiments on food. Enjoy
As a specialist in meat production, what food do you eat?
I specialise in eating all kinds of food. I eat food of all tribes and culture. I don’t discriminate against any food. But I eat good food. From egusi efo riro, pounded yam and ogbono to mention a few.
On a daily basis?
I don’t eat the same food on a daily basis. I try to experiment on food as much as I can in order to have different taste on a daily basis. The fact is that I don’t ignore good food when I see one. As a man, good food is the ultimate.
You can as if you are conscious of your health?
I preach the need for an individual to eat good food so .It is a taboo if I go against what I preach. Anyone who eats good food is sure of living longer.
There is no food under this planet that I haven’t tasted so, I am a true Nigerian.
What instigated your profession?
It is a result of wanting to give back to my community. I’ve love to impact positively into the lives of the people so, choosing the profession wasn’t a mistake. And since I have been doing it there is no regrets whatsoever.
How often do you take soy products?
As many times as I could. It has been a passion I developed for a long time. Soy products is good for human consumption.
I do some walking around my farm everyday and that is enough exercise for me.
And your drinks?
I take water on a daily basis. I also take fruits as well.
The Day’s Menu
A Soy Burger
Stock or water
Tablespoon of oil
Garlic cloves, diced
Carrot, diced or grated
Stalks celery, diced
Green pepper, diced
Tablespoon sea salt
Tablespoon of oregano
Tablespoon of garlic powder
Tablespoon of basil
Tablespoon peanut butter
Cooked millet, or cooked rice
Soak the soy beans in water to cover overnight. Put soy beans and stock in a large pot, and cook over low heat for two and half ours until it’s soften, making sure they are always covered with liquid.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat; add the garlic and saute for three to four minutes. Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes, until golden. Mix in the carrots, celery, pepper, and seasonings. Cook for two minutes, until tender.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Oil a cookie sheet. Drain the soy beans and mash well. Combine with the sauteed vegetables and the millet in a large bowl. Add the tamari and peanut butter, if desired.
Form the mixture into patties and place on the cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes; turn burgers over and bake for 20 minutes more.
Soy Products: A good replacement for meat
After a field trip to Best Foods organised by All Tech Nutrient Limited in partnership with World Initiative for Soy in Human Health, WISHH and Development Communication Network, Devcoms it was discovered that soy products play a vital role in human health. And to this end everybody is urged to put interest in consuming more soy products as a replacement for meat for healthy living.
Speaking in an interactive section with the media, Mr. Sifo Ijewere, Managing Director of Best Foods discloses that soy products remain the greatest foods of our time.
Soy products cannot be compared to other food. Explaining the hazards in eating uncontrollable amount of meat he said some delicacies like suya doesn’t provide the opportunity for people to substitute a healthy protein. If someone is eating one kilograms of sausage without a taste of soy, it doesn’t make a different but a 20 percent soy product in a sausage roll is healthy for the body. According to him people can improve their healthy lifestyle by eating meat that has soya in it.
On how food is processed in Best Foods using soy best, he said, “Soy is used during production. After the animal has been slaughtered and the meat has been cured. And we want to convert that meat into hot-dog, we add the soy into the ingredient including the flour and what you are doing is substituting soy for meat. You remove a certain quantity of meat and add the equivalent of soy. That process is called meat replacement.
Also speaking at the event, Mr. Chimezie Obialor, Business Development Manager All Teach Nutrients Limited, reveals that soy products contain protein which increase the body’s ability to retain and absorb calcium in the bones. “It is very useful for people with diabetic conditions and kidney problems. Soya beans are a great source of iron, vitamin B12 and protein. Soya is very useful for problems like red eyes, red face, high blood pressure, constipation and thirst. As Soya is termed as a cool food it becomes very useful for treating problems like hot flushes and vaginal dryness. It is a good source of vitamin E and lecithin. It is also rich in magnesium which is very useful for bones, heart and arteries.
Meanwhile, Sam Owa, Chief Operation officer, Best Foods, discloses that “Best Foods” as a meat processing company has been operating for the past ten years. “We were not going to compromise in the quality of our product and it is important because that is what our customers appreciate. We have having series of customers’ penal to proof the quality of our products.