November was Diabetes Awareness Month and to celebrate, we at The African Pot Nutrition offered readers an opportunity to take an research based quiz to see if they were at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Why Take A Diabetes Risk Assessment? According to the International Federation on Diabetes, more than two thirds of people
A good friend of mine from Zimbabwe often shares the story of how when she was pregnant with her first child, she asked her American husband to stop in an open field so she could collect some soil. Imagine the poor man’s horror when he saw his pregnant wife take fistfuls of the sand and
You see, long term weight loss has never been achieved by following a restrictive diet that bans your favorite foods. Such a diet is a temporary fix to a long term problem. Truth of the matter is the diet that works is not that complicated. It doesn't come in liquid or powder form and surely doesn't force you to eliminate your favorite foods.
It’s the fruit of the majestic baobab tree that is making a splash in the world. Baobab, a personal fave, recently made its debut on the international scene with health food stores touting it as a “superfood.” Also Known As: Scientific: Adansonia Digitata Afrikaans: kremertartboom Arabic: hahar, tebeldis; fruit: gangoleis Bambara: sira, n’sira, sito Burkina Faso: twege
Please note: 52 ways to Improve Your Health is part of a health series created to help you create healthy habits. Every week of the year, we will provide simple actionable tips that if implemented can significantly improve your health. Why 52? There are 52 weeks in the year. So by the end of the year
Also known as: Madora (Shona), Amacimbi (Ndebele), Masonja (Venda), Phane (Tswana), Infinkubala (Bemba) Commonly consumed in the Southern African countries especially Botswana, South African, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Mopane worms breed between August and November and are harvested from the ground, trunks and leaves of the mopane tree. (Colophospermum Mopane) How prepared After harvesting, the worms
Also Known as: Mahewu (Shona), Amarewu (Xhosa), Amahewu (Zulu) Togwa (Tanzania), Mabundu (Venda), Mapotho Mahewu (As I grew up calling it) is a traditional African beverage enjoyed by millions. Derived from fermenting cereals such as maize (corn), millet and sorghum, it can be consumed hot or cold and is commonly served as a thirst quencher,
n today's world today, we eat too much (of the wrong foods) and move little. What links diabetes and learning problems is the fact that we have abandoned our highly nutritious traditional ingredients, feeding practices and lifestyles in exchange for modern processed foods and cooking methods coupled with sedentary ways.
When I heard first heard about multinational fast food companies expanding throughout Africa, I was ready to protest. Much like the rest of the world, obesity in Africa is on the rise and as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) who has seen the negative contributions of fast food on the health of Westerners, I shuddered at