With Ebun Babalola

Victor Adetunji Haffner has paid his dues in the building and construction engineering. He is our guest of this edition of Celebrity Tummy Talk. He says, no woman can defeat him in cooking even at 92 years old.

As a widower, who cooks for you?

I cook by myself. I specialise in all kinds of food. In fact, any woman who wants to cook for me must be very good.

When I was growing up, my mother used to send me to the market during weekends. Particularly, on Sundays, I was compelled to do all the cooking. After our Sunday service, I would cook two different delicacies for the family. My mother used to eat amala (yam flour) and ewedu with beef and pork meat while we enjoyed our rice and stew.

I was a choir-boy in the Church and a cook at home. And I can tell you that I got the best training in cooking from my mother.

What kind of food were you eating while growing up?

I ate all sorts of food. In fact, I ate both Nigerian and Continental foods. I’ve travelled round the world and I tried every cuisine globally, including Chinese, Japanese, American and French. I think French cuisine is preferable to the English.

Do you exercise?

I used to exercise. Swimming was my hobby and I have a swimming pool in my house. But I don’t swim any more, rather, I stroll round the Estate.

What do you drink?

I used to drink very heavily when I was young. All sorts of brands. Right now, I drink beer and white wine. I don’t drink soft drinks but water. Pure water is pure death and you have to be very careful with that.

What does it do to you?

Makes me fine good. Sometimes, I take red wine too but I prefer the white wine. And I don’t drink Whiskey again.

… On a weekend?

I go to church.

Do you still go to parties?

Yes but not many parties.

Dining with of White Wine

White wine

When consumed moderately like one glass per day you can only reap the many advantages of drinking white wine when they do not overindulge in many glasses a day.

White wine drank in moderation can be used as a sedative for sleeping and relaxation. A glass of white wine a day can reduce risk of heart attack and stroke.


Can aid in a healthy diet, because it is known to burn fat cells and increase metabolism. Can decrease the chances of being diagnosed with many types of cancers. Can relieve the experiences of kidney stones and gallbladder stones occurring.

Can reduce the odds of accruing cognitive and memory debilitating diseases. Can aid in digestive ailments such as ulcers, IBS,  and constipation. Drinking wine can increase overall lifespan and promote longevity naturally.

Outlaws the risks of eye diseases that cause blindness and cataracts. White wine is linked to cutting the risk of diabetes. Improves vascular health and reduces stroke risk.

Can be used as a stress reliever or a cleanser for the body to rid it of wastes and toxins. Can restore nutritional balance and sustain optimal body functions within the body’s systems. It can clear the taste palate to enhance flavors of various food textures and flavors.

Improve lung functions in candidates who consume it moderately. Is linked to combating tooth decay and stained teeth. Lowers blood pressure and regulates blood sugar levels.

Nutritional Values of Broccoli

Broccoli acts as an anti-inflammatory agent in the body because it is a good source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.


Broccoli is a natural way to get most of your daily vitamins because it contains almost every vitamin your body needs, with the exception of vitamin D.


It is also a great food for weight loss because it contains fiber. It’s also high in selenium, a mineral known to reduce free radicals and support a healthy immune system.

8 diets everybody should try

Continues from last week


Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants like lycopene and helps in avoiding several types of cancer and coronary heart diseases. 22mg of lycopene should be taken per day.




Carrot helps to negate several types of cancers and respiratory asthma as well as rheumatoid arthritis. This is the most easily accessible low calorie food item.



Blue Berries, also known as “brain berry” are most anti oxidant rich fruit and allows us to avoid several types of cancer along with age related memory disorders. Scientists have also concluded that the blue berry is very rich in Vitamins A and B and hence allows us to maintain very good cardiovascular health.

Text messages

Dear Ebun,

can you help me with the best meal for type 2 diabetics? Thank you in anticipation of your response.

Ola from Benin City


Eating well is one of the pleasures of life. If you have type 2 diabetes, you don’t have to forgo the enjoyment of food. You just have to adapt and change your eating habits and, maybe, some of the foods you eat.

Fruit and vegetables are usually good choices, but be careful not to eat too much fruit. Check with your dietitian to see how much is recommended. Non-starchy vegetables are a good choice. These include spinach, carrots, broccoli, and green beans.

Eat whole-grain foods, such as brown rice and whole wheat pasta. Include legumes like lentils, kidney, or pinto beans in your meal plans. Choose fish over meat two to three times a week.

For meat, choose lean pork or beef, or chicken or turkey with the skin removed. Dairy (cheese, yogurt, milk) is important, but go for non-fat versions, even for ice cream.

But you can do away with sodas which are chock-full of sugar, as are fruit punches and other sugar-sweetened drinks. So opt for diet drinks or water. Sugary snacks (cookies, cakes, chips, ice cream) fill you up with empty calories. Choose healthier snack options instead.



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