On a recent trip to the beautiful South Africa, I was reading the in-flight print magazine (yes, print publications do still exist, even if only when thousands of feet in the air where wifi capabilities are still limited) and I came across this article titled “The Grain Debate.”
“Oh no, here we go”, was my first thought, “even far away from Australia, I cannot escape the anti-grain brigade!” However, as I started to read, I was absorbed into a wonderful story about a love for bread, narrated by Fritz Schoon, the owner of a bakery in Stellenbosch South Africa, Schoon de Companje, where grains are milled in whole and sprouted for maximum nutrition and flavour.
Fritz had me absorbed with his three word opening line – “I love bread”, a mantra I can very much relate to. But what really surprised me, was the article content, focusing on the many positive nutritional aspects of grain and bread, rather than trying to defend the negative perceptions that have become way too common.
This got me thinking about the “power of the positive” when it comes to communicating nutrition messages.
I was not surprised when touring through the beautiful food regions of South Africa, that I continued to come across local food producers appealing to the “Banting Diet” masses (The South African version of the Paleo Diet), such as this sign at a local farmers market.
There were a few foodies that had jumped aboard the anti-bread wagon, but were offering up such amazing alternatives that the positivity exceeded any negativity associated with grains, such as this delicious sexy bun-less chickpea burger I devoured at the Oranjezicht Farmer’s Market.