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
There is a huge interest in the role of fermented foods for overall health. Social media, magazines and health food stores all tout the benefits of foods such as kefir, kombucha, kimchi and yogurt as functional foods whose benefits in overall health extend beyond nutrition. The African diet is rich in fermentation with foods such
If there's one thing about nutrition that I consistently promote, it's the fact that portions matter. It's simple advice alright, but judging by our expanding waistlines and the research suggesting that many of us underestimate the amount of calories we eat (especially when it comes to fatty, sugary or salty processed foods), it's advice that
Dried Small Fish Small Dried Fish Also known as Matemba (Zimbabwe), Kapenta (Zambia), Daaga (Tanzania), Omena (Kenya), Same age boys (Ghana), Janga (Cameroon), Mwanja moto (Cameroon) (Help us include more African names, leave us a comment below with what you call these little guys in your country…don’t forget to tell us where you
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,
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