Members of the society has been urged to consume traditional foods so as to avoid lifestyle diseases such as hypertension diabetes and obesity.
This plea made by Lyne Ukio, a coordinator of a programme named ‘Slow Food,’ which mainly aims at educating people on the advantages of consuming traditional food.
According to Mr Ukio, many people have abandoned traditional food such as vegetables and dish of mixed maize and beans, (makande).
“Tanzania has more than 120 tribes, and each tribe has its own unique traditional dish, but people, especially those living urban settings, don’t consume such food,” said Mr Ukio.
He was speaking on the sidelines of the just concluded Farmer’s Day exhibitions at Themi grounds.
He said the consumption of traditional food is one of the best ways to avoid life style diseases.
Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity president, Carlo Petvini, said, Tanzanians were lucky as nearly all types of cereals and vegetables they need to avoid such diseases are produced in the country.
“It is pity that most of wananchi opt to consume imported food,” he said