The top 5 food trends this year
5 Eating traditional food Our food book of the year is Eat Ting by Mpho Tshukudu and Anna Trapido. It reminded us that it’s silly to turn up our noses at traditional food such as tshidzimba, inhloko and mofokotso. Traditional food is also much healthier than processed fast foods.
4 Starbucks The US coffee franchise crossed into our borders and everyone and their grandma was sipping on frappes and pumpkin spice lattes. Good for the company, bad for our waistlines.
3 Sugar With Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s proposed sugar tax, cooldrink companies have been pushing back. But the truth remains: we consume way too much sugar.
2 Low-carb, gluten-free everything Carbohydrates just can’t get a break. Like the years before, people are ditching starchy foods for low-carb options such as cauliflower rice, sweet potato mash and kale chips.
1 Gin But by far the biggest foodie fad this year has been artisanal gin. Once thought a drink for grannies, South Africans have been turned on to gin’s versatility and taste. Goodbye, craft beer. – Grethe Kemp