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? … Continue reading Sadza is NOT Fattening! Excess Calories Are!
“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 … Continue reading Food as Culture & Feeding the In-Laws
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 … Continue reading African Food: The World is ready!
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 … Continue reading The nutrition of sadza
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, … Continue reading Fast Food in Africa
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 … Continue reading I’m Cooking Madagascar Pink Rice
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 … Continue reading Why Is Africa Getting Fatter?