As a dietitian, I am consistently bombarded with questions from Zimbabweans and, indeed, the rest of the sadza/isitshwala/ugali/pap/posho/nshima/fufu-eating community: “Is sadza healthy?”, “Is it fattening?”, “Is it good for diabetics?”, “How much should I eat?” and so on. The questions are many; the answers not quite straight forward, but one thing is for sure, not all sadza is created equal.
When people tell me about the latest diets they are following, they want me to tell them that they are going to lose weight and just like that all their health concerns will be resolved and they'll fit into their skinny jeans forever! However, "Diets don't work!" There, I said it. I'm a dietitian 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.