… South Africa went batty for banting
OFFERING COLLEAGUES cupcakes used to mean instant popularity. Now, unless it’s made you’re a pariah. We went banting mad, following the launch of Professor Tim Noakes’s The Real Meal Revolution in October 2013. Carbs were declared the enemy. ‘Viva, chops and cheese!’ cried banters as they boarded the bant-wagon and rode it straight to their nearest Woolies… until the staple The stronghold was in Cape Town, home to Noakes. He shot to rock-star stardom and restaurant. Noakes was triumphant and groupies bragged about how fabulous they felt while they munched on biltong.
Then scientists and doctors took up arms, claiming the diet is unhealthy and not proven to be more effective at long-term weight loss. Some doctors said Noakes is sending South Africa into heart disease central. But Noakes and his potato-hating followers say their proof is in the tapioca pudding.
THE COOKBOOK THAT TRIGGERED A CAULIFLOWER