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Responsible Treats
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Responsible Treats

Articles Resource Centre Responsible Treats A spoonful of sugar might help the medicine go down but consuming a high sugar intake can also lead to excessive energy consumption. Without adequate physical activity, excessive energy intake can lead to weight gain and obesity (an important risk factor for heart disease and diabetes). Astonishingly, the World Health Organization (WHO) names childhood obesity as one of the most serious public health issues of the 21st century which is a key reason why Unilever wants to ensure that consumers use sugar responsibly, while also matching consumers’ taste preferences. Given the challenging climate of childhood obesity and social media's impact, we're working to raise awareness about the importance of responsible treats for kids, as descri...
Why we should eat more plants
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Why we should eat more plants

Articles Resource CentreWhy we should eat more plants The way we grow and produce food continues to negatively impact the current global food system. Its impact is far reaching as it contributes to malnutrition as well as low-quality diets that ultimately result in poor health outcomes.Moreover, eating the same foods repeatedly is boring our palate and harming the planet. Mealtime monotony is a global issue as 75% of the global food supply comes from only 12 plant and five animal species. Just three (rice, maize, wheat) make up nearly 60% of plant-based calories despite there being up to 50,000 edible plants species. This not only bores our palates but excludes many valuable sources of nutrition while taking excessive amount of resource from the planet and harming...
Dietary Diversity Could Keep Us Happier As We Age
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Dietary Diversity Could Keep Us Happier As We Age

Articles Resource CentreDietary Diversity Could Keep Us Happier As We Age Concentrating on eating a diverse diet may just be the secret to building mental resilience as we age!Our diets, along with other lifestyle factors, could help shape the way our brains function. A recent study analysing the psychological resilience — that is, personal tenacity, optimism, coping mechanism, mood and self-control — of 8 571 elderly Chinese individuals found that older people who adhered to diets high in dietary diversity were more likely to have higher psychological resilience (Yin et al, 2019, p1). The greatest contribution to dietary diversity was a high consumption of vegetables, fruits, and nuts — suggesting that eating a diet rich in diverse, healthful foods could be prote...
What Are the Predictors for Developing Hypertension in South Africa?
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What Are the Predictors for Developing Hypertension in South Africa?

Articles Resource CentreWhat Are the Predictors for Developing Hypertension in South Africa? South Africa has one of the highest levels of hypertension globally. According to national and regional surveys, a whopping 35 – 49% of South African adults are estimated to be hypertensive, with at least one-third of the population unaware of their hypertensive status, and, at best, 25% on medication (Ware et al, 2018, p. 1).With South Africa’s overburdened public healthcare systems and low levels of private medical aid coverage, managing and preventing hypertension is vital. To do this, it is important first to understand what the key predictors of hypertension are.According to the WHO-SAGE population survey, the key predictors of hypertension and hypertension awareness ...
Making Healthier Choices Using Front-of-pack Nutrition Labelling
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Making Healthier Choices Using Front-of-pack Nutrition Labelling

Articles Resource CentreMaking Healthier Choices Using Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labelling Do you find yourself purchasing food items labelled “low calorie” or “low fat” in the hopes that they may be more nutritious or healthier for you? Well, you may be correct, and you may also be incorrect.A study by the University of KwaZulu-Natal, undertaken to determine the accuracy of the health and nutrition claims of ready-to-eat snack food products, found that although many ready-to-eat snacks were compliant with the current legislation, 25.3% of labelled nutrient content claims were non-compliant with the South African Food Labelling Regulations R146 legislation, with 68.8% of food items displaying a higher total energy content and only 23.7% of products in the study bein...
A Sustainable & Bright Future
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A Sustainable & Bright Future

Articles Resource CentreA Sustainable & Bright Future At Unilever, we are dedicated to creating great-tasting food by helping small-hold farmers grow food sustainably, thus enhancing their livelihood and creating better tasting products for you. Not only is growing food sustainably good for you, but it is also good for the planet. Our farmers, suppliers and chefs are committed to helping us source more of our agricultural ingredients sustainably by 2020.Visit the Unilever website and learn more about how we are enhancing lives from farm to fork.
Giving South Africans tools to assess their lifestyle disease risk
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Giving South Africans tools to assess their lifestyle disease risk

Articles Resource Centre Giving South Africans Tools to Assess Their Lifestyle Disease Risk How are WE turning the tide?In South Africa, lifestyle diseases accounted for over half of all reported deaths (55%) in 2015. The World Health Organization projects that, by 2030, these kinds of diseases will become the biggest cause of death in Africa.The South African government has come up with a forward-thinking strategy that will seek to decrease the number of people suffering from lifestyle diseases. At Unilever, we too got involved through our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.As part of that commitment, we collaborated with the Heart and Stroke Foundation for Salt Awareness Week 2017 – for the second year running – to help the general public calculate their ...
The Power of Breakfast in Childhood!
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The Power of Breakfast in Childhood!

Articles Resource Centre The Power of Breakfast in Childhood! The evidence is unequivocal: eating breakfast in childhood can help prevent a plethora of lifestyle diseases and can generally promote wellbeing.Almost one in five children under the age between the ages of two to five are overweight in South Africa 1. The same proportion of children between the ages of 10 to 14 years, in the same study, never have breakfast 1.A regular breakfast including oat-, barley-, or psyllium-based cereals is associated with a reduced risk of abnormal lipid profiles, high blood pressure or heart disease. Indeed, large systematic reviews showed that children who habitually eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight 2,3.Other benefits include better blood glucose contr...
Knorr’s Guide to Cooking with More Vegetables
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Knorr’s Guide to Cooking with More Vegetables

Articles Resource Centre Knorr’s Guide to Cooking with More Vegetables At Knorr, we love creating great recipes so you can give your family wonderful meals that they love. Your family’s health should not be compromised for convenience. With a little extra know-how, families can rekindle their love affair with vegetables. Here are some tips on how to cook with more vegetables, starting out with dinner tonight.Add more flavourVegetables naturally have a lot of flavour.  How about adding yet more flavour to make them even tastier? All it takes is herbs, spices and Knorr seasonings to tempt even the most reluctant family members to eat up their veggies! Cook with a variety of colours and texturesKeep your meals interesting by trying new vegetables with differ...
Unilever’s nutritionist, Hlanzeka Mpanza speaks about the USLP Nutrition plan
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Unilever’s nutritionist, Hlanzeka Mpanza speaks about the USLP Nutrition plan

Articles Resource Centre Unilever’s nutritionist Hlanzeka Mpanza speaks about the USLP Nutrition plan We are very conscious of the important role that food has in people’s wellbeing, and non-communicable diseases are a high public health priority at Unilever. We are a strong supporter of the UN global goal of Zero Hunger and are playing an important role in addressing over- and undernutrition. We do this by offering nutritious foods that are appealing, and through communication that is responsible, engaging and meaningful.The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) is our blueprint for achieving our vision to grow our business, while decoupling our environmental footprint from our growth and increasing our positive social impact.We have committed to helpi...