Why should we immediately refuse from eating suya?

What dangers does suya meat hide? Why should you stop eating it right now? Full information about diseases suya causes! You will never buy suya meat again after this article!

making suya meat

Suya was proven to be very dangerous. However, it is being made and also sold in many places. It should not be eaten at all because of numerous risks and also dangers associated. We will try to explain this serious matter in very simple and clear terms as much as it is possible. It’s done in order to make every man understand the real message of this article. In fact, we just want you to know all the risks and dangers that are associated with eating suya.

What is Suya? Suya spice, suya meat, suya pepper

suya meat market

If you are reading this right now, it’s very good. You are a clever person and you want to know what Suya is. Definition of Suya is well-known – it is skewered spicy meat that is very popular dish in various regions of Nigeria and is also enjoyed as a real delicacy in lot of parts of West African area. Traditionally it is prepared by the Hausa tribe, which is located in the northern Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria and also some areas of Sudan.

Safety and Health Issues That Are Associated With Suya

suya seller

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Ok, for example, we do not talk about the terrible dirty environment, poor hygiene (or its absence at all) conditions in which Suya is always made and transported to many places of Nigeria, there are plenty of other killing dangers that are connected with the consumption of Suya. Most of them would stay unknown forever, if the food professionals haven’t explained us everything, which we would like to share with you in this article.

1. Suya and PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons)

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

You know people say Cigarette kills? However, they kill majorly due to the PAHs, which they contain. A lot of Suya sellers cook their Suya using burning all sort of woods and also charcoal to make their fire burn for a long time. Some people even throw in fire plastics or something like this to make the ember burn much brighter in order to make the Suya meat. A lot of of these materials, which are burning under the meat (you will eat soon) contain these dangerous Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons. Would you like to know what these Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons do in your body after enough consumption?

cooking suya

Some Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons are popular chemical carcinogens (which means cancer-causing compounds) while seven PAH compounds have already been classified as probable carcinogens for human. A couple of PAH compounds are mutagens. What does it mean? Mutagen is a well-known chemical or physical agent, which changes DNA, which is the genetic material. According to some researches, reported a few years ago, high prenatal exposure to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons is associated with kids’ lower IQ and also childhood asthma.

2. Contacting zoonotic diseases

suya meat

This is very serious too. A zoonotic disease is a special disease, which can be transferred between humans and animals. As Suya meat is traditionally undercooked and sometimes there is even some blood on it, there is a chance that a person can contact zoonotic diseases eating Suya.

Let’s talk some examples. When there was the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak, people were warned not to eat Bat and Monkey meats. There was also a strict rule always to cook out meat very well before eating it. Unfortunately, well-done meat cannot be related to Suya. There are a lot of other types of diseases that can go from animals to humans, as, for example: brucellosis, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, bubonic plague, etc. A few zoonotic diseases can be also passed from the host animal to a human directly, however, others can be received only from consuming their products, as meat or milk.

3. Beef Tapeworm (or Taenia saginata)

zoonotic diseases

It is well-known as the beef tapeworm, meaning a zoonotic tapeworm. Like we have said above, humans mainly get infected because of consuming undercooked meat, in this case - beef. This dangerous infection may have no visible or at least noticeable symptoms, but at the same time, heavy infection can also have attendant, serious symptoms. Heavy infection usually results in weight dizziness, loss, diarrhea, abdominal pain, constipation, chronic indigestion, headaches, nausea and almost total loss of appetite. This heavy infection may cause intestinal obstruction in humans’ bodies — this can be solved by surgery.

But we should mention that Suya can be very tasty and make a good delicacy on your table.  But you should remember:

  • It must be well-cooked
  • Appropriate types of woods must be used for smoking.

For example, usually it is advised to cook (heat) the Suya to a safe internal temperature, which is about 80 degrees Celcius or even more. Avoid adding any plastics or fuels (kerosene, etc.) to the fire in order to make it burn better. Only woods!

suya recipe

Finally, let us notice that eating ‘smart’ amounts of smoked meat, which Suya is, without charring, staying at safe, yet medium temperature should not cause any problem. But can you be sure that seller does everything in a right way? Well, no. So grab Suya recipe and make on your own! It is the only way to cook save and delicious meat without any danger for your life and health!

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