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Why you should stop eating with your hands

Eating also known as consuming is the ingestion of food, typically to provide a heterotrophic organism with energy and to allow for growth. As we all know, eating is an essential activity which helps humans significantly. As a matter of fact, one cannot do away with eating regardless of one's state. This is because, eating brings a lot of development to humans. For example, humans eat in order to live a healthy life. 

In Ghana and many African countries, many people are fond of eating with their hands. This is because of many reasons. Some people eat with their hands because it's demanded by their customs and traditions. Some also eat with their hands because it is nicer than eating with utensils. As our elders say, "every good thing has disadvantages. That is the same way eating with your hands has many disadvantages. Without wasting much time, I will like to go into the main topic itself. Hence, the following points are the reasons why eating with your hands is dangerous.

 Eating with your hands can easily enhance the attraction of certain diseases

The fact is that, many bacterias can be in our finger nails or palms. Therefore, we can easily transmit these bacterias into our stomachs when eating. Such bacterias can also cause great harm to our systems. The fact is that, some people keep their finger nails long and dirty. Thus, they are liabele to bacteria infections.

 Eating with hands can also tarnish one's image

The fact is that, people who eat with hands at places such as restaurant are likely to be embarrassed. In such occasions, it's advisable to eat with cutleries provided. 

NOTE: It is healthy to eat with the hands but only if you follow some safety measures such as washing your hands and finger nails thoroughly before eating

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