Tag Archives: Africa

Sadza is NOT Fattening! Excess Calories Are!

Note: This article which I wrote for Her Zimbabwe (www.herzimbabwe.co.zw) answers the commonly asked questions about an African favorite. Known as Sadza, Nshima, Ugali, Posho, Pap, fufu etc. it is a staple in many households but the age of dieting has made it a villain. But is it really the culprit of excess weight gained?   […]

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The women bring in the cooked food to the room where the in-laws sit. Each dis is brought in a pot and laid on the floor before the guests.

Food as Culture & Feeding the In-Laws

 “If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.” -Cesar Chavez My niece Thabiso (Thaby) recently got married and as we went through the proceedings of welcoming Kata, our  “mukwasha” (Son-in-law) into the family, I found myself […]

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A Ghanaian Favorite.

African Food: The World is ready!

Not so long ago, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver of Britain published a recipe highlighting his interpretation of Jollof rice. Many Africans took to social media to lividly voice their dismay at a recipe that they considered unrecognizable as part of their beloved West African cuisine. As I followed the discussion, I could hardly contain my […]

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The nutrition of sadza

If I had to pick an international African dish, it would most probably be the thick porridge starch known as sadza/posho/isitshwala/nshima/ugali etc. However, with all the diet misinformation on the market, some are staying away from it stating that it is fattening. I wrote an article for HerZimbabwe.com and dispelled this myth. “In the interest […]

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Fast Food in Africa

I recently shared my thoughts on multi-national fast food institutions setting up shop throughout Africa with Food and Nutrition Magazine. Visit their blog to learn what I think governments and fast food corporations should do if they intend to do business on the continent. “When I heard about multinational fast food companies expanding throughout Africa, […]

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Madagascar Pink Rice

I’m Cooking Madagascar Pink Rice

A few weeks ago I shared a picture of Madagascar Pink Rice that I had purchased at a local organic food store. After weeks of just gawking at how pretty it looked, I decided to cook it. I wanted to taste the true unadulterated flavor of the rice so I simply cooked it in water […]

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Overweight/Obesity Rates Amongst African Women Aged 15-100 years (Source: World Health Organization)

Why Is Africa Getting Fatter?

 Obesity is rapidly becoming a public health challenge on the African continent. According to the World Health Organization’s Global Infobase, women aged between 15-100 years living in The Seychelles, Lesotho, South Africa, Mauritania and Mauritius suffer the highest overweight/obesity prevalence rates with averages ranging between 56.8% to 73.8%.  Amongst African men of the same age, prevalence rates are lower with averages ranging […]

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Nutritional Content of African Food

Until recently, research regarding the nutritional content of African foods has been scarce or at best out dated. However, in recent years the research has expanded with organizations and institutions such as the Harvard School of Public Health, United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization and Biodiversity International exploring the food of the continent and publishing […]

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Plantain the healthy way…..

Plantain is a fruit that is enjoyed in many parts of Africa, the Carribean and Asia. In Africa, it is commonly enjoyed deep fried or boiled. Both of these cooking methods however may be detrimentral to the overall nutritional content of the fruit. Frying creates a beautifully golden brown product but adds unnecessary calories negating the […]

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jollof rice and co. party plate

8 African Dishes You Have To Try (and recipes to help you along)….

The African continent boasts a wide variety dishes and tastes. Some dishes are the same amongst regions, some have variations while others are simply limited to single countries and areas. I asked a few of my favorite African food bloggers to share their favorite recipes and they delivered.  In today’s posting, I introduce you to 8 dishes you have […]

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