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Fighting Food Waste with Unilever
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Fighting Food Waste with Unilever

Articles Resource CenterFighting Food Waste with Unilever Every year, a staggering 10 million tonnes of food lands up in South Africa’s skips, bins and landfills. Of this, fruits, vegetables and cereals account for 70% of the wastage. [1]Elsewhere in the world, things are no different. Food loss and waste is a global crisis with one-third of all food produced globally lost or wasted [2]. This is about 1.3 billion tonnes of food – an amount that would take up more land surface area than China and India combined, according to the UN Environment Programme. [3]Tackling food waste is an opportunity to address food insecurity, protect natural resources and mitigate climate change – and it requires a global approach. There is no reason anybody should experience daily hun...
The Power of Nutritious Plant-Based Diets For Heart Health
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The Power of Nutritious Plant-Based Diets For Heart Health

Articles Resource Center The Power of Nutritious Plant-Based Diets For Heart Health Eating more plant-based foods could do a world of good for our health (and the health of the planet)! Past studies suggest that following a plant-based diet can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Contrary to popular belief, eating plant-based does not always mean having to adopt a completely meat-free diet. According to a research paper by Hemler and Hu in Current Atherosclerosis Reports (now live on the Unilever CPD profile), it is in fact the quality of the plant-based diet that is the most important factor to consider as not all plant-source foods have beneficial heart health effects (2019, p. 1). WHAT MAKES A DIET PLANT-BASED? Generally speaking, plant-based d...
A Sustainable & Bright Future
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A Sustainable & Bright Future

Articles Resource Center A Sustainable & Bright Future   At Unilever, we are dedicated to creating great tasting food by helping small-hold farmers grow food sustainably, thus enhancing their livelihood and creating better tasting products for you. Not only is growing food sustainably good for you, but it is also good for the planet. Our farmers, suppliers and chefs are committed to helping us source more of our agricultural ingredients sustainably by 2020. Visit the Unilever Website and learn more about how we are enhancing lives from farm to fork.
Giving South Africans tools to assess their lifestyle disease risk
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Giving South Africans tools to assess their lifestyle disease risk

Articles Resource Centre Giving South Africans tools to assess their lifestyle disease risk? How are WE turning the tide?In South Africa, Lifestyle diseases accounted for over half of all reported deaths (55%) in 2015. The World Health Organization projects that by 2030, these kinds of diseases will become the biggest cause of death in Africa.The South African government has come up with a forward-thinking strategy that will seek to decrease the amount of people suffering from lifestyle diseases. At Unilever, we too got involved through our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.As part of that commitment, we have collaborated with the Heart and Stroke Foundation for Salt Awareness Week 2017 for the second year running - to help the general public calculat...
The Power of Breakfast in Childhood!
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The Power of Breakfast in Childhood!

Articles Resource Centre The Power of Breakfast in Childhood! The evidence is unequivocal; eating breakfast in childhood can help prevent a plethora of lifestyle diseases and can generally promote well-being. Almost 1 in 5 children under the age between the ages 2-5 are overweight in South Africa1. The same proportion of children between the ages 10-14 years in the same study, never have breakfast1.A regular breakfast including oat-, barley-, or psyllium-based cereals is associated with a reduced risk of abnormal lipid profiles, high blood pressure or heart disease. Indeed, large systematic reviews children showed children who that habitually eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight 2,3 Other benefits include better blood glucose control, less insul...
Do you know what it means to be a successful Agent of Change?
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Do you know what it means to be a successful Agent of Change?

Articles Resource Centre Do you know what it means to be a successful Agent of Change? At Unilever, we recognise that what we eat plays a role in ensuring a healthier, more sustainable future for people and the planet. This is a future in which health care professionals, chefs, government, NGOs and food companies can work together to drive transformational change in the way the world eats.That is why this year, we are launching the Agents of Change Award, an award that salutes the work of registered Health Care Professionals and brings to life Unilever’s mission to drive nutritious, sustainable and inspiring food.In this issue, we introduce you to our inaugural Agent of Change, Mr Stefan Van der Merwe, who founded CHOW, a company which helps people a...
Ola Fun Foods Meter
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Ola Fun Foods Meter

Articles Patient Education Ola Fun Foods Meter How does Ola Paddle Pop compare to other snacks and treats that are specifically formulated with children’s nutrition and diet in mind? Have a look at Ola’s Fun Food Meter here.For more information on healthy living, be sure to take a look at Unilever Health’s nutrition and wellness resources here.
Snapshot of diseases in South Africa
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Snapshot of diseases in South Africa

Articles Resource Center Snapshot of diseases in South Africa By 2030, these lifestyle diseases will kill five times as many people as infectious disease in Africa. Read more on this infographic for the state of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in South Africa.One of the challenges presented by lifestyle diseases is that affected people tend not to be aware of their condition so do not take preventative steps until it is too late. We have collaborated with the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa to develop the salt calculator tool for those members of the public who want to know how much salt they eat daily.Download here
CPD Corner: How does the quality of the fats we eat affect our glucose levels?
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CPD Corner: How does the quality of the fats we eat affect our glucose levels?

Articles Resource Center CPD Corner: How does the quality of the fats we eat affect our glucose levels? The quality of foods we eat every day influence our bodies in different ways. Our current CPD article looks at how fats, specifically polyunsaturated fat (PUFA); mono-unsaturated fat (MUFA) and saturated fat (SFA), affect the relationship between our bodies and glucose/insulin. The reviewers specifically wanted to find out how these fats influence “diabetes mediators including blood sugar, insulin sensitivity and ability to produce insulin”.What were the findings?This was a large systematic review including 102 trials, including 239 diet arms and 4 220 adults who met the eligibility requirements. The conclusions of the study were that the (isocaloric) r...