Why plant-based diets are all the rage

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Plant-based diets are taking over the globe. Plant-based diets focus on dishes containing vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts and seeds. Through a plant-based lifestyle, you can contribute to environmental sustainability and food security.

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A natural way of life

While shifting your diet away from milk and meat to a plant-based focus may seem challenging, it’s actually easier than you think. Many people in sub-Saharan Africa already live a largely plant-based lifestyle due to the expense and availability of quality meat. Vegan alternatives and substitutes are now also becoming more and more popular and the range of natural, cruelty-free foods is growing by the day.

Many African foods use plants as their staple base, through the use of rice, sweet potatoes, spinach, and lentils. Some of our favorite traditional foods here at GOLD focus solely on vegetables, such as our Malawian sweet potato cakes, Ethiopian Iab, and South African pea and potato samoosas.

The many health benefits

A plant-based lifestyle naturally includes making healthy choices when it comes to what you put in your body. Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and fibre, while whole grains like oats, barley, and brown rice can provide the body with essential B vitamins, fibre, iron, zinc, and magnesium. Pulses, like peas, beans and legumes provide protein as do nuts and seeds. These natural, unprocessed, and often organic ingredients all combine to build a healthy body.

Excessive meat consumption is linked to a number of global diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Switching to a plant-based diet can help you to avoid these illnesses. You can also avoid unwanted food-borne diseases like salmonella and the toxins and antibiotics that are often found in commercially produced meat products.

Combining taste with sustainability

Of course, when you select responsibly grown fruit and veg, you aren’t just thinking about your own health but you are also helping local farmers to support their families and communities. Hungry to contribute to the sustainability of our planet but don’t want to sacrifice on taste? There are a number of exciting ways you can include plants in your diet. Here at GOLD we have some delightful plant-based dishes to satisfy your tastebuds, including our layered Ethiopian Pilau Rice, our Moroccan Butterbean, Olive, and Tomato Tangine, and our Tanzanian Mchicha W’nazi which is traditionally made from spinach or wild marog and is spiced up with ground nuts and coconut. You can also learn how to make our Maize Nut Fritters or Lentil Dahl with Roasted Butternut by following the recipes on our site. We also offer vegetarian alternatives to all the traditional meat dishes included on our 14 dish menu.

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