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Too Much Maggi Intake Damages Brain Cells – Nigerian Doctor Festus Olalekan Warns

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Too Much Maggi Intake Damages Brain Cells – Nigerian Doctor Festus Olalekan Warns

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September 29, 2016 – Too Much Maggi Intake Damages Brain Cells – Nigerian Doctor Festus Olalekan Warns

Nigerian doctor Festus Olalekan working at Graceland Hospital, Ilorin, has warned against excessive consumption of food seasoning, saying it can damage the brain.

Olalekan told NAN today in Ilorin that most of the food seasoning contained Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), which poses serious health damage.

According to him, the amount of sodium in the food seasoning over stimulates the brain cells until the cells die off.

He said that food seasoning with high sodium content should be avoided.

He explained that sometimes people experienced dizziness and headaches after eating heavily spiced food as a result of MSG present in the seasonings.

“Food spiced with various seasonings can really taste great, but the health implications could be unbearable.
“Most of the food seasonings in our local markets contain MSG, which could result in serious brain damage,” he said.

Olalekan explained that the excessive intake of seasoned foods could cause high blood pressure, saying caution needed to be taken in its consumption.

The expert also urged Nigerians to eat natural foods and shun the intake of excessive spicy foods to remain healthy.

He called on the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to regulate the production of seasonings and ensure that manufacturers did not add MSG to seasonings.

“I will like to urge NAFDAC to regulate the production of food seasoning in the country in order to control the health challenges that comes with it.

“Nigerians should stick to natural foods and minimise their intake of excessive spicy foods to remain healthy,” Olalekan said.



  1. fifelomo

    September 29, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    Thank for the info Dr Festus Olalekan.

  2. Lola O

    September 29, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    Excessive seasoning is an indication that a person is a bad Chef. May my father’s soul rest eternally. I remember him always warning my mom not to put Maggi in his ewedu (vegetable), as he preferred “iru” (locust beans) any day – which in fact was healthier and tasted better. A good Chef knows that a little salt is enough to enhance the natural flavor of the food itself. I haven’t cooked with Maggi in over two decades, and prefer the less salty brands like Knorr. Thanks doctor.

  3. Metu Nyetu

    September 30, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    IS it about Maggi alone, or all food seasonings put together? I hope the company won’t go to court for mentioning their name.

  4. sola olaniyi

    September 30, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    noted Dr Festus..

  5. Jilo

    September 30, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    Before the advent of Maggie cubes, our grandmother were using local seasoning to make us tasty stew and vegetables. Why can’t we go back to the old method apart from eating right, it will save us from modern diseases engulfing the entire world caused by using tasty modern ingredients.

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