The top 5 food trends this year


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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

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