South Africa to Canada. Larry Talks About Barriers Of Health

In your opinion what’s one of the biggest barriers we’re facing as a population to healthy eating?

That varies quite a bit in South Africa. There are poorer communities that have shops which provide accessible foods but it’s mostly highly processed foods and sugar added foods. Some of the cultural foods in those areas are deep fried as well. Unfortunately, due to the history of South Africa, many of the people living in these communities aren’t well educated they don’t understand the link between nutrition and health or have the necessary access to healthy inexpensive foods.

They may consume excesses of unhealthy foods because they’re cheaper and we end up seeing the obesity of poverty and the poverty cycle continues. We see malnutrition as well but in Cape Town and surrounding areas we see a lot more obesity-related malnutrition than starvation. 

In the wealthier communities, we see more physical activity and exercise culture.

In these areas healthy eating is almost a trend, however, I do still see obesity in wealthy people. South Africa really is a mixed bag..

Recipe: Bobotie

Bobotie is a South African curry style dish that is inspired by Cape Malay and Cape Dutch backgrounds. The curry used in the simple dish is a yellow malay curry and you can add more spices like Jeera and Panchpuran if you own them.

Bobotie is typically served with a yellow rice and perhaps a salad on the side. I like to serve it with sweet potatoes, beets and peas!

Please enjoy my Bobotie recipe, my husband from Cape Town just loves it!