DURBAN - South African bobotie scores poorly in the health stakes in new research evaluating the national cuisines of countries around the world.
Research from travel experts Hayes & Jarvis found the healthiest and unhealthiest diets from 34 countries around the world. Hong Kong's sweet-and-sour chicken and rice comes out on top for breakfast with low salt and saturated fat, and high Vitamin C, while a classic chicken tikka masala, fares poorly, ranking 64th on the list out of 102 meals. South Africa came 28th out of the list of 34 countries.
The study identifies how close the nutrients in a meal are to the recommended proportions per calorie, and is built from popular breakfasts, lunches, dinners and claimed national dishes. And it’s not just keeping trim that the research keeps track of – it features full nutritional profiles of the meals, including vitamins and nutrients, as well as cholesterol and macronutrients like protein and carbohydrates.
At the top end of the scale, the healthiest countries were: