On Tuesday 8th
October 2013, thousands of Capetonians flocked to the V&A Waterfront to taste-test SA’s first official heart-healthy Gatsby created by well-known cookbook
author and food specialist, Heleen Meyer, in partnership with Pharma Dynamics
and the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa (HSFSA).
The challenge, which was issued by Pharma
Dynamics, a prevention-minded pharmaceutical company, comes in the wake of
National Nutrition Week (9 - 15 October) in a bid to promote the importance of
a healthy and balanced diet in keeping diseases of lifestyle at bay.
Meyer, author of Cooking from the Heart, says the challenge to overhaul the
local favourite Gatsby, an oversized sandwich typically stuffed with hot chips,
meat and spicy sauce, has been one of the more interesting food challenges she
has been tasked with.
“Most fast food meals can be turned into a
simple, lean and healthier version by making some modifications. In this
instance I’ve replaced traditionally deep-fried chips with oven-baked chips,
polony with baked beans and lean red meat, and I’ve added fresh ginger, lemon
juice and masala for extra flavour. These modifications translate into a
delicious, nutritious Gatsby that is lower in total fat, unhealthy saturated
fat and salt, and higher in fibre, making it a better choice for the heart,”
aim is to encourage South Africans to watch what they eat and to share our
philosophy of healthy living" says Meyer.
Tips from Meyer:
what you eat. (Avoid processed foods such as:
polony and rather try lean steaks etc. )
at the way you prepare your food. (Use less salt and less fat. Rather cook with
olive oil, lemon juice, ginger etc.)
because it's healthy, doesn't mean it needs to be bland – you can spice things
how much you eat. (Try to eat smaller portions.)
more fibre to your diet and make what you eat a lifestyle.
Mariska Fouché, spokesperson for Pharma
Dynamics says the challenge is in line with the company’s on-going drive to
promote healthy eating via its popular Cooking from the Heart initiative – a
free online recipe book containing more than 70 heart-healthy local dishes,
which forms part of its umbrella campaign, called iChange4Health.
“More than 40% of all deaths in the country
are attributed to chronic diseases of lifestyle, such as cardiovascular
disease, cancer, hypertension and diabetes, and most of these are preventable
if changes are made to the way we live, and attention is given to what we eat,”
According to Jessica Bacon, Registered
Dietician with HSFSA the average Gatsby contains 6 200 kJ (kilojoules), 70 g
fat, 12.5 g unhealthy saturated fat and 1 740 mg sodium (4.4 g or almost a
teaspoon of salt).
“This provides almost three quarters of daily
energy (kilojoule) needs and more than half of the recommended saturated fat
intake based on an average 8 400 kJ diet. It also provides almost the entire
maximum daily allowance for salt, which should be limited to no more than 5 g
(one teaspoon) per day,” says Bacon.
Nutritional information per portion:
|Total fat (g)
|Saturated fat (g)
that with almost half (48%) of adult South Africans eating outside the home it
is imperative that restaurants start adding more nutritious options to their
menus and that the public becomes more knowledgeable about what makes for a
more nutritious meal.
statistics are alarming, with 1 in 4 South Africans at risk for disease due to
their high cholesterol levels, which can be significantly altered through diet.
Eating healthily doesn’t have to be expensive either and we’ve tried to convey
this via the Cooking from the Heart recipe book and its latest addition, which
we’ve dubbed, 'The Greater Gatsby',” says Bacon.
heart-healthy Gatsby contains steak and beans and is even more affordable than
traditional Gatsbies, ranging in price from R25 to R45 per portion.
some of Cape Town’s popular Gatsby hotspots, such as the Golden Dish, Cosy
Corner, and Super Fisheries also came out in support of the project and gave
the new healthier addition their thumbs up. Some even agreed to put the
healthier version on their menu during World Stroke Week (28 October - 3
recipe can be found on the Cooking from the Heart SA Facebook page, where Meyer
continues to share healthy eating advice and cooking tips on how to cut down on
salt, fat and sugar, whilst boosting flavour.
For more info on Cooking from the Heart and
other iChange4Health initiatives, visit: www.ichange4health.co.za.