To bant, or not to bant

2017-01-31 06:01
Tim Noakes’s real meal revolution is spreadingrapidly in the Upper Highway Community. Photo: supplied

Tim Noakes’s real meal revolution is spreadingrapidly in the Upper Highway Community. Photo: supplied

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A “BANTING craze” has taken off and the community is going banting like their life depended on it (literally). People are rushing out to purchase the banting bread, heba pap and let’s not forget avocado farmers, who are ringing in the profits.

The low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet, often referred to as the "Tim Noakes", "Banting" or the Low Carb, High Fat (LCHF) diet in South Africa, has gained considerable popularity since 2010, but has also drawn a significant amount of criticism.

“I am a whole new person and it is all due to Tim Noakes. Try it, you have nothing to lose. Oh, and for all those sceptics that say your blood pressure and cholesterol will increase, and so on, I have to say that my blood reading is normal and my doctor has never been happier with my health.”

Like everything in life there's no ‘one size fits all’, however, the majority of people on the low carb lifestyle are benefitting. This is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change. Diets are not sustainable, but embracing the LCHF lifestyle becomes a way of life with good food choices and which is sustainable long-term.

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