The Tim Noakes Foundation is running an interesting experiment in the community of Ocean View in the Cape.
Researchers, including doctors and nutritionists, are putting 40 volunteers through a five week Banting eating plan and monitoring their weight, blood results, and any diet-centered challenges they may face along the way.
They are also out to prove that the Banting diet, which relies on high fat, low carb food, is not more expensive than other recommended diets.
The Foundation singled out Ocean View as a great sample of a population that is in need of an intervention. The assumption is that underprivileged people generally eat less healthy foods and that carb-rich foods tend to be cheaper. This creates a vicious cycle with underprivileged people becoming unhealthier and developing chronic illnesses with long-lasting effects.
We take a look at how the participants are faring, and also show an infographic (created by the Foundation) that compares the cost of a Banting diet vs the Heart Foundation's recommendations.