A brand new edition of Pharma Dynamics' flagship recipe book, Cooking from the Heart, in partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation SA (HSF), was launched today to mark the start of National Nutrition Week (9 to 15 October), as a way to reduce the public's risk of heart disease and stroke by adopting a healthy eating plan.
With more than 61 percent of South African adults overweight who are likely to be among the 6.3 million suffering from hypertension – a precursor for heart disease and other forms of serious illness – it has never been more important for South Africans to make healthy eating part of a healthy lifestyle.
Mariska van Aswegen, spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics says the new cookbook comprises of more than 30 flavourful, no-fuss, heart-smart breakfast, lunch and snack recipe options to suit everyone's pocket.
"GPs and pharmacies across the country will act as the main distribution points for the printed version of which there are only a limited number of copies, but various electronic formats of the recipe book have also been created making it ideal for tablets and mobile phones, which can be downloaded via www.cookingfromtheheart.co.za or www.heartrecipes.mobi," she says.
All the new Cooking from the Heart recipes were carefully selected to suit SA’s diverse palate and modified to fit a diet that is lower in unhealthy fats, salt and sugar without compromising on taste. The recipes were all developed by well-known food consultant, Heleen Meyer, alongside a team of dieticians from the HSF.
"If one considers the overwhelming 74 percent being spent on curative treatments annually, compared to the limited amount of healthcare spend going to preventative measures, there is a serious wellness case for healthy living. Chronic diseases account for up to 40 percent of adult deaths in South Africa, where most people have at least one modifiable risk factor for chronic disease. If left untreated, chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hypertension can bring on potentially fatal conditions at any time. But the paradox of the chronic disease burden is that it can be lifted if we tackle obesity – of which nutrition plays a vital role," emphasises van Aswegen.
Dr Vash Mungal-Singh, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation echoes van Aswegen's remarks and says in South Africa we are consuming excessive amounts of highly processed foods, which has led to us being the third most obese nation in the world.
"Many South Africans are eating too much and highly processed foods are among the culprits. These foods are usually energy-dense, high in unhealthy fats, sugar and salt. As things stand, the country’s health statistics are shocking, yet people continue to live an unhealthy lifestyle. We all know the phrase 'you are what you eat' and it's often a challenge to choose food that is good for you and tasty at the same time, but eating right for heart health is good for everyone."