Chief Olufemi Majekodunmi is an Ibadan-based medical doctor. He is our guest in this edition of Celebrity Tummy Talk. Enjoy
Your favourite food.
I love rice and dodo.
Is it the same food growing up?
Yes. Although, I don’t take much rice I still eat a lot of dodo. I can eat dodo three times daily with nice stew.
What is the major food of your people?
Lafun, that is the major food of the Egba people. I don’t eat it on a daily basis because I reside in Lagos, Ibadan, Abeokuta and Abuja.
Does that make you like rice more…
Not necessarily. I grew up likening rice and dodo and beans. There is no food I can’t eat if it is well prepared and hot. I like my food to be served hot.
Do you know how to prepare any of these foods?
I used to prepare my food when I was a student in London. Even now, I prepare my food whenever, I’m in London.
…And on a daily basis?
What I have in the morning is bunch. I like to have my breakfast late. I combine breakfast and lunch together while I have supper later in the day. As you grow older especially when you are 60 years, you don’t need too much food. You don’t have to eat all the time. What you need is to sustain your dietary requirement because you are no more growing therefore there is need to avoid putting on unnecessary fatness.
Do you exercise?
What kind of exercise is that?
I swim a lot. I have a swimming pool in my house. I play golf as well. And if I’m bored, I jog.
Do you spoil yourself with wine?
I’m an occasional drinker and that is when I want to socialise with friends. I take water and soft drinks. Occasionally, I mix beer with coke, because I can’t stand the taste of beer and coke is too sweet. That is what I take and I call it shandy.
Tummy Nutritional Values
Do you know that eating garlic can have positive effect on your blood pressure and cholesterol levels?
Regular consumption of garlic may also help to prevent atherosclerosis (thickening of the artery walls which may lead to stroke).
Regular consumption of garlic helps with the relaxation and enlargement of the blood vessels which can help lower blood pressure and improve blood circulation.
It provides protection from free radical damage and also plays a part in thyroid gland health.
Garlic is an excellent source of manganese, so it helps the body to synthesize fatty acids and cholesterol, helps with blood sugar levels and plays a part in thyroid gland health. It also promotes nerve health and protects the bodies’ cells from free radical damage.
It also provides plenty of vitamin B6 which supports the nervous system and promotes the breakdown of sugars and starches. Helps to prevent homocysteine build up in the blood.
Garlic contain niacin (vitamin B3) which helps to lower cholesterol levels and stabilises the blood sugar. B3 also helps the body to process fats.
Garlic also contains vitamin B5 which helps to turn carbohydrates and fats into energy and plays a part in the health of the adrenal glands.
It’s a good source of calcium which promotes healthy and strong bones and also helps the nerves and muscles to function properly.