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Salt and preservatives in South African products
Dear reader
Mywife, coming from Switzerland is much surprized about how much salt we have in ALL our products, no to mention preservatives. Have my fellow South Africans tasted, with care for instance our sweet, such as chocolate sweets sold next to registers in Supermarlets..do so and taste the salty taste, to my view, too much, our bread, butter, margerine and so many products are SALTY. okay ! we have become so used to THIS taste since ever that we don't notice it anyway!
No wonder we have a nation of heart sufferers, specially high blood pressure ailments...... I wonder how many are swallowing BP tablets each day? Preservatives? no wonder we have so many cancer cases. I don't want to mention the FATTY meat at outlets..the other day I bought mutton chops, after cutting off the fat the nett weight of the meat was only 40% of the original weight. Wow no wonder again about the over weight [eople here, our kids are educated in this unhealthy way! Poor things!
Our air in the cities are not so pure and our streets are disgusting filthy, I wonder what lung deases can occur because our poluted air. Lead free fuel helps a lot but 90% of our commercial vehicles are smoking like chimneys! Awful situation.

regards from a very concerned citizen
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DietDoc
DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Antonie
Thank you for your contribution. All the problems you mention have been the concern of all of us who work in the fields of dietetics and nutrition. Social change takes a long time to achieve, but every now and then there is a light in the dark such as the fortification of staple foods like wheat flour and maize meal with vitamins and minerals. One tip, when you buy meat always go to a reputable butcher and view what you are buying and then ask the assistant to cut off all the visible fat first - also purchase the leanest cuts and lower grade meat or venison which has less 'marbling' of fat between the muscle tissues. You will pay more, but you will obtain meat with a much lower fat content.
Best regards
DietDoc
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