Don’t cut your leafy vegetables in the market: Here’s why


The phrase “You are what you eat” is literally so true. The body gets nourished by what goes inside it, either good or bad. In this era where both parents have to work to make ends meet, meeting the demands of the home as regards meal preparation have become very tasking. Women now want the easy way out, which is preparing your condiments at the point of purchase especially cutting the leafy veggies at the market before taking it home. Well, that may bring some sort of relief as you wouldn’t need to go through the rigors of cutting it yourself but the question is- are you doing more harm than good to your body?

Why you should not cut your leafy vegetables in the market is this simple

  • A typical Nigerian market looks like the picture below.

    You see that the environment is not healthy at all. On one of my visits to the market, I saw a vegetable trader offloading her wares from a vehicle and she just dumped these vegetables on the bare ground, a road walked on by many, a road where cattle pass dumping their dung on the ground with reckless abandon. On seeing this I asked myself; is this the vegetable I am supposed to buy and eat that is being dumped on this dirty road part? What she did is not far from what’s obtainable in other open markets in the country and so cutting your leafy vegetables in the market can introduce more bacteria into the cut leafy greens. So this practice is worth giving a rethink.

  • Vegetables cut before being washed have the tendency to lose a few water-soluble nutrients (Vitamin A and K).  So you see that when you cut your veggies at the market before washing them you deny your body certain vitamins and minerals.


Vegetables are wonderful and promote good health only if handled and used appropriately.

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Since graduating from the University of Nigeria in 2008, Oge has excelled in the physiotherapy practice, working alongside consultants in the management of patients with diverse musculoskeletal disorders. She gained most of her experience practicing in the private sector and has gained a wealth of knowledge as well as having a good relationship with patients. She is presently the CEO RichCare Physiotherapy and Wellness Center which was established in 2015, presently serving the Karu Nasarawa and Abuja environs.

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