Women's Health (South Africa) - - BEST BODY -

Food ac­tivist Zayaan Khan works with or­gan­i­sa­tions like the Women On Farms Project, Biowatch South Africa and the Sur­plus Peo­ple Project to teach com­mu­ni­ties in ru­ral ar­eas about the foods grow­ing around them. One nutri­tional pow­er­house she says we’ve been ig­nor­ing? Sea­weed. “Peo­ple are liv­ing along the beach their whole lives, but they’re walk­ing by and they never even con­sider it as food,” she says. Roushanna Gray, who runs Veld and Sea, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that of­fers classes, work­shops and events to in­tro­duce peo­ple to for­ag­ing and cook­ing with wild foods, is also work­ing to change this ig­no­rance. “Peo­ple are highly scep­ti­cal about what sea­weed will taste like,” she says. “They’ve got a pre­con­ceived idea that it’s all slimy and icky, but it’s ac­tu­ally an amaz­ing, nu­tri­tious wonder food. It has loads of dif­fer­ent vi­ta­mins, min­er­als and mi­cronu­tri­ents that are avail­able in a col­lated and col­loidal form, so it’s bioavail­able for your body just to ab­sorb.”

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