Chef and owner of Lungi's Corner, Lungile Nhlanhla PICTURE: Supplied
There’s something in the air and no, it’s not pollen. It’s people’s renewed love for good food and, most importantly, knowing where it was sourced and what’s in it. With the effect that food can have on our health, we have taken an interest in the sourcing of our food and an increasing number of people do not mind paying top Randela’s to pick what goes into something as ordinary as their granola. 

Chef Lungi Nhlanhla, who runs Lungi’s Corner, a Durban-based food service, and is a MasterChef alumnus, thinks it’s about time we took a greater interest in where making sureour food is from. 
“There has become an awareness around health and wellness and we are increasingly making the connection between our food and our health. It starts with where the food is sourced and how it is grown. It really has a direct effect at the quality of life it adds to the consumer.” 

Nhlanhla, who was in the Top 5 of the first season of M-Net’s MasterChef, has been on our radar because of the designer granola she makes, which has taken the Durban influencer scene by storm. The reason? They are sure that it’s good. “I’ve had an interest in food nutrition for the past year and after lots of research I wanted to start creating health foods and meals. I started with something as simple as a signature granola that has worked for me as I believe you need to be able to enjoy what you produce.” 
HOME-MADE: 
Chef Lungi Nhlanhla’s designer granola is a hit.

Here’s Nhlanhla’s step-by-step guide into making sure your food is as good as it claims to be on the package.

KNOW THE PROCESS
People are becoming more  conscious of pesticides,  hormones, etc used during  farming and preservatives  added during sourcing and  preparation. 
You need to know  what exactly it is you are  putting into your body. Ask  food providers questions about  their processes.

LOOK FOR ALTERNATIVES
Due to the trend of wanting  to know what goes into the  food and the growing trend of  “farm-to-table”, we now want  to create and grow our  own foods. However, due to the  reality of our lifestyles, work  and family-time demands, we  are starting to source food  services whereby we can get  already prepared products  such as the granola we have at  Lungi’s Corner.

SCRUTINISE PACKAGING 
The main thing is to definitely  look at the ingredients list and  make sure it’s all healthy and  that there are none or very few  preservatives used.
These are usually chemical  compound names or ingredients  that either don’t have a name  or are letters, numbers or a  familiar ingredient followed
by the letter and numbering  system. Also be very wary  of sugar content. If there’s no  nutritional breakdown, look  at the order in which the  ingredients appear, they will be  or at least should be listed in  order of most to least usage in  the product.