As a nation, we might not love lockdown or load shedding, but we sure love meat. In fact, 90% of South African's are meat-eaters. The figure of meat-eating people in our country has risen from 84% in 2020.
That's according to Knorr’s Plate of the Nation study. The study aims to help South Africa move towards a better food future by providing stakeholders with information regarding how and what the nation is eating, and how it impacts our health.
Here’s the lowdown on what we’re eating as a nation:
- The current South African plate consists of 41% starch, 26% meat and only 13% vegetables. The rest of our plates consist of fats and oils, dairy and legumes. This is consistent across all regions and demographics.
- Meat is usually the star of our dinner plate and eaten on average four times per week. Poultry and red meat are our favourite types of meat.
- As a nation, we eat starch six times a week, with bread, rice potatoes and mieliepap noted as the favourites.
- We consume our largest portion of starch for breakfast.
- While 82% of us acknowledge that it’s become easier to find healthy food compared to five years ago, only 52% of us reckon that healthy food is affordable.
Here are the stats on what we label ourselves as:
- 84% are meat-eaters
- 14% are flexitarians
- 2% are vegetarians
- 0.3% are pescatarians
- 0.1% are vegans
Watch the eNCA video below for more on Knorr's Plate of the Nation survey.
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