Poor nutrition is
not about how much food is being consumed but more about what food we are
putting into our bodies.
The international company runs a range of catering training courses
This was one of
the messages that came out of a virtual health and nutrition conference held by
catering management and training provider MCTC, on January 28. The
international company runs a full catering management service, including a
range of catering training courses for crews.
The conference was
attended by over 420 shipmanagers, operators and companies from across the
industry who heard discussions surrounding the correlation between mental
health and poor nutrition, the cost savings involved in investing in catering
management and training, the health issues and what over reliance on sugar can
lead to, and how to achieve good nutrition onboard for crews.
Poor nutrition can affect how a seafarer performs on job
Poor nutrition can
be defined as both the over and under-consumption of food, MCTC nutritionist
Nichole Stylianou explained at the conference. It can also lead to many other
factors that can affect how a seafarer performs while on the job, including bad
sleep, memory loss, low self-esteem and a weaker immune system.
Companies to train their crew how to take right food in the right way
Stylianou went on
to explain that companies can take steps to help their crew members to make the
right food choices. They can do this by: Encouraging them to eat four meals a
day; Plan their meals for the day; Eat from all the food groups daily; Learn to
read food labels; Try to use the food guide pyramid; Eliminate saturated fat,
processed food and sugar from diet; And to ensure they take it easy in their
Overconsumption of sugar and its ill-consequences
Multiples studies have
found a link between diets high in sugar and depression. Overconsumption of
sugar triggers imbalances to certain brain chemicals. These imbalances can lead
to depression and may even lead to an increased risk of long-term mental health
disorder in some people.