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Incorporating Traditional African Foods Into Your Eating Plan

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How do I incorporate traditional African foods into my eating plan?

Mpho Tshukudu, dietician and spokesperson for the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) shares her advice.

“Traditional African foods are healthy depending on how they’re prepared – they’re mostly slow-cooked and low in fat. The grains are whole, ensuring that they retain all essential nutrients. Grains and root vegetables are low-GI and high in fibre. Fresh morogo leaves are higher in protein, vitamins and antioxidants than spinach. Fresh fruit is also high in antioxidants and can be added to smoothies and salads, while meat is cooked without additional fat. For variations, flavor the foods with spices and herbs to improve the taste.”

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