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Responsible Treats
Education, Nutrition

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
Education, Nutrition

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
Education

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?
Education

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 ...
The Power of Nutritious Plant-Based Diets For Heart Health
Lifestyle

The Power of Nutritious Plant-Based Diets For Heart Health

Articles Resource CentreThe Power of Nutritious Plant-Based Diets For Heart Health Eating more plant-based foods could do a world of good for our health (and for the health of the planet)! Past studies suggest that following a plant-based diet can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.Contrary to popular belief, eating plant-based does not always mean having to adopt a completely meat-free diet. According to a research paper by Hemler and Hu in Current Atherosclerosis Reports (now live on the Unilever CPD profile), it is in fact the quality of the plant-based diet that is the most important factor to consider, as not all plant-source foods have beneficial heart health effects (2019, p. 1).WHAT MAKES A DIET PLANT-BASED?Generally speakin...
The State of South Africa’s Plate
Heart Health

The State of South Africa’s Plate

Articles Resource CentreThe State of South Africa's Plate Uncovering South Africa’s Eating Habits and AttitudesDespite living in a country fortunate enough to be filled with a variety of nutritious crops, South Africans on average consume a dangerously limited diet. This lack of dietary diversity has resulted in South Africa being crowned 'the unhealthiest country in the world' according to the recent Indigo Wellness Index.In an effort to truly uncover what is on South Africa’s plate, Knorr commissioned Nielsen – a global measurement and data analytics company –  to carry out an independent study (using a representative sample group) to help uncover and gain a greater understanding of the eating habits of the South African population.The research objectives were m...
Dietary adherence’s relation to hypertension in SA black population
Heart Health

Dietary adherence’s relation to hypertension in SA black population

Articles Resource CentreDietary adherence’s relation to hypertension in SA's black population Chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCDs), which include cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, respiratory diseases and certain cancers, will be responsible for 69% of all global deaths by 2030, with the greatest increases in low-income and middle- income countries. Risk factors for CNCDs include alcohol and tobacco use, as well as an increased energy intake coupled with a decrease in physical activity.Guidelines such as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, Mediterranean diet and Dietary Guidelines for Americans have been proven to decrease risk for CNCDs when adhered to.The South African Food-Based Dietary Guidelines (SAFBDG) were developed and fir...
Reinventing Food for Humanity
Nutrition

Reinventing Food for Humanity

Articles Resource CentreReinventing Food for Humanity  Over the years international nutrition activists have increasingly acknowledged access to adequate food, health, and nutritional care as essential human rights embedded in international human rights laws.The right to adequate food was first recognised as a fundamental human right in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, which states that: “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and wellbeing of himself and of his family, including access to food…”.  This right eventually became legally binding, making it possible to define access to sufficient nutritional care as a basic human right.The respect for human dignity is understood as the right of a person to be treated e...
Is Public Trust in Nutrition Science Eroding?
Nutrition

Is Public Trust in Nutrition Science Eroding?

Articles Resource CentreIs Public Trust in Nutrition Science Eroding? The perception among many researchers is that public trust in nutrition science is eroding. This insight contrasts with the view that public trust in science is a broad activity that has remained seemingly stable for almost 50 years and remains strong today.The loss of public confidence is likely a consequence of multiple factors, including:The growing complexity of modern science.The perception that experts are continuously changing assessments of available evidence.The repeated failures to uphold professional standards leading to a drop in scientific rigour.The growing polarisation of social and policy sectors in which science plays a prominent role.The democratisation of information, which ha...
Making Healthier Choices Using Front-of-pack Nutrition Labelling
Education

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...