Eating stink bugs could boost health in Africa

By Charles Mkoka A new study has identified essential nutrients in an edible insect known as stink bug and suggests it as an alternative food source to help meet the dietary demands of an increasing human population. The study, published in the PloS ONE journal on 5 January, resulted from funding from the German Academic …

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How red meat has become leaner in South Africa over the last four decades

Nicolette Hall, University of Pretoria Understanding the composition of food and its chemical content is the first step to managing your diet well. It is particularly important to know the composition of meat, since the fat content of meat has changed over time. Our research shows that: different species have different fat content; that this …

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It’s true: what a sheep eats affects the taste of your lamb roast

Nicolette Hall, University of Pretoria For those who enjoy a meaty spread during the festive season, it’s worth knowing that not all lamb tastes the same. It depends on where it comes from, and what it has been eating. South African folklore has long suggested that sheep meat in the country has a distinct – …

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Top African science stories of July-December 2015

By Bernard Appiah Health and food security stories were among our most popular in the second half of 2016, writes Bernard Appiah. Africa’s most popular science and technology stories published by SciDev.Net’s Sub-Saharan Africa English regional edition in the second half of 2015, based on number of visits reflect the continent’s efforts at fighting diseases …

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Why meat is important in the global battle against food insecurity

Voster Muchenje, University of Fort Hare and Yonela Njisane, University of Fort Hare The increase in the world’s population has led to challenges in maintaining a balanced diet in both the developed and the developing world. More than two billion people worldwide suffer from “hidden hunger” or micronutrient deficiency. The inadequate intake of essential micro-nutrients …

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