Thursday, April 18, 2013

We live in a modern age of chronic obesity and diabetes. In today’s fast paced world many people rely heavily on western style takeaways and ready prepared foods. Contrary to popular belief eating minimally processed, healthy food doesn’t necessarily mean you have to compromise on taste. Take African cuisine for instance. It’s healthy because it’s made from predominantly natural ingredients.

Antioxidant-rich foods fight disease and infection

Traditional African cooking usually involves a diverse variety of foods and vegetables that are full of antioxidants. Including antioxidant-rich foods in your daily diet will strengthen your body’s capacity to fight disease and infection. Moreover, commonly used herbs and spices are loaded with phytonutrients. In simple terms, these are plant compounds said to promote good health.

Many nutritious “super foods” come from African cuisine

Not only are they good for you but “super foods” help with weight loss and aid in the prevention of chronic disease. One such universal super food group is leafy greens. This is because they are rich in fibre. While the preparation of leafy greens in various traditional African dishes varies between African countries the majority are organically grown.

African Style Spinach

In parts of rural Africa various wildly growing greens are gathered in the open velds (uncultivated grasslands) or collected from river streams. These greens are prepared in a popular African dish the Nguni people (Zulu speaking) call “Imino”. The Sotho name for it is “Morogo” or “Mohoro”. Spinach is a good substitute for wild greens. In fact, many health experts consider spinach to be the ultimate “super food”.

Try some authentic African recipes

African cuisine is good for you and it tastes utterly delicious. Treat yourself to the vibrant and intense flavours of Africa by monitoring our recipe section for upcoming ways to prepare your own tasty meals. Next week we’ll be publishing our Congolese Spinach recipe.



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