Eggplant, brinjal or aubergine — the dark-purple fruit has many guises; but is it also a colon cancer-fighting superfood as a prominent dietician would have Nigerians believe? As Africa Check discovered, there is no proof to support the claim.
Can herbal remedies dissolve abnormal tissue growths in the uterus, known as fibroids? According to a recent article in Nigeria’s The Nation, there is proof they can. We found no evidence to support the claim.
Last week the news website Zambian Eye promoted pumpkin and tamarind as ‘super foods for diabetes’. Research indicates concentrated elements in both may, in future, be useful in managing diabetes. It does not support the site’s misleading claims about the foods or the disease.
Media and charity reports last month predicted that by 2015 road accidents will become the biggest killer of children aged 5 to 15 in sub-Saharan Africa. Wrong. The claim is based on old and faulty data.
An article in Kenya’s The Standard last week touted the claims of a local man to have found a new cough remedy based on ‘mole soup’. Coughs can be the symptom of many different conditions, some of which can be fatal. While diet can affect some coughs, this treatment is unverified for any.
A Time.com article recently claimed that “Africa has a drinking problem”. Do Africans drink too much? Data shows that the drinking habits of Africa’s 55 countries are extremely varied. And the majority of Africans don’t drink at all.
Do 80% of South Africans regularly consult traditional healers? Do most black South Africans choose traditional healers over medical doctors and primary healthcare facilities? The claims are false. And as we discovered, with a little sleuthing, they stem from a book published thirty years ago.
A number of leading Malawian newspapers and websites have unquestioningly championed a supposed “wonder herb” that supporters claim can cure HIV, Aids and numerous other diseases and ailments. The claims are untrue, irresponsible and should be condemned.
Officials in Cape Town have claimed there are “only 600 bucket toilets in circulation” in the city and everyone has been offered an alternative. Municipal water and sanitation reports show both claims are wrong.