Dishes like this boloroni makes it easy to add plant-based meals to your diet
Here are some eye-opening facts: 75% of the global food supply comes from only 12 plant species and five animal species. And just three crops (rice, maize and wheat) make up nearly 60% of calories from plants in the entire human diet. According to Knorr’s Future 50 Foods report, farming such a narrow range of crops using intensive methods can have serious repercussions on our fragile natural ecosystems.
A lack of variety has major health implications
Of equal concern is that this lack of variety in our diets has major implications for human health because consuming such a limited choice of foods means we’re just not getting enough nutrients. This applies as much to South Africa as it does to the rest of the world: Knorr’s new Plate of the Nation Report (conducted by Nielsen to understand the habits of the South African population (February 2020)) reveals that the average South African eats two meals per day, with plates made up of a far larger proportion of meat and starch than of vegetables. To stem the rising tide of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and other lifestyle diseases, we as a nation need to change the way we eat.
Sustainable and inspiring plant-based meals
That’s why Knorr has come up with a forward-thinking initiative to encourage and help South Africans take charge of their health by choosing to eat better. The three pillars of this movement are encouraging more dietary diversity, inspiring people to eat more plant-based meals, and championing sustainable ways to grow and produce food.
A healthier way of eating
So how do you go about switching to a healthier way of eating? Add, swap and create! You can instantly upgrade everyday meals by adding more fresh vegetables, swapping meat and starchy refined carbs for beans, lentils, legumes and whole grains, and creating new plant-based family meals packed with extra nutrients.
Pasta’s a good example of a staple ingredient that’s easy to upgrade. Include lots of fresh veggies in your pasta sauces, and pack in fibre, protein and vitamins by adding tinned beans or lentils. Try this easy pasta dinner from Knorr!