Why we should go back to eating traditional foods

An exhibitor showcases traditional foods to students to Baringo during a farmers' forum. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Kenya, and Africa in general, should launch a robust campaign for rehabilitating indigenous foods so as to enhance nutrition and improve health.

  • Living in the African city should not deter Africans from consuming African traditional foods whose historical, cultural, nutritional, and health values are indisputable.

Imagine a Sunday afternoon after church or any other day of rest. A family goes to a fast food joint for lunch in an urban setting. The menu: chips and deep-fried chicken or pizza. Alternatively, they could opt for nyama choma (roast meat of assorted variety) and ugali (usually refined maize flour ugali) and/or white chapati with a vegetable dish such as stir-fried kales (sukuma wiki) and kachumbari (salad).

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