GOING BACK TO BASICS
By: Zukiswa Ndaba
Many young people are too busy to cook and may be setting themselves up for serious health problems.
They prefer opting for takeaways. Now, there is no doubt that with a hectic schedule, not all of us can find time to cook and prepare a healthy meal.
With a difficult and busy professional environment, there are days when you can barely find time to get up from your desk.
“With takeaways, you even have the option of eating gourmet meals, in spite of your hectic schedule,” said Nokuthula Ndlovu, a Drama student at the Durban University of Technology.
“Takeaways are a reliable alternative when you reach home and find that there is nothing to have for dinner,” said Zinhle Ncube, a teacher and a mother of two toddlers.
She claims to have extremely busy days sometimes and regularly opts for takeaways.
But health wise, takeaways are a serious threat. They are unhealthy and full of unwanted substances.
Two takeaway meals a week are enough to increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease, research shows.
Researchers from the Tshwane University of Technology studied the diet and lifestyles of 1,896 men and women aged 26 to 36.
Almost 40 percent of men and 20 percent of women ate a takeaway meal twice a week or more.
Researchers found women who had takeaways twice or more a week had significantly higher blood and sugar levels than those who ate them once a week or not at all..
Eating more vegetables and fruit can be very beneficial for you.
“There is no problem in eating meat. In fact, it is part of what we call a “balanced diet”, But eating more meat than recommended can cause some serious health problems,” said Jabulile Ngobese-Ngubane, from the Department of Homoeopathy at the Durban University of Technology.
South Africa has the highest overweight and obesity rate in sub-Saharan Africa: seven out of 10 women and four out of 10 men have significantly more body fat than what is deemed healthy, according to study published in the medical journal and the Lancet Medical Research Council study found that 61% of the South African population is overweight or obese.
There is a solution to this. One that most people shy away from- going back to basics and planting your own food.
Eating more vegetables gives you healthy nutrients that your body needs.
Vegetables are more fibrous and have more healthy nutrients that are not found in meat. There is a lot of fat and cholesterol in meat, especially in chicken, beef, and pork, which are the most common meats we eat.
The best thing with vegetables is that you can grow them in your own backyard.
You can plant them in pots if you have limited space. Though it may take time to grow them, there is little to no hassle at all in growing them because in the end, it’s for your own benefit.