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Low-carb scores high at the Joburg Good Food & Wine Show (GF&WS). We’re dishing up a healthy serving of wellness displays and demonstrations. Here’s as taste of what to look forward to in July.

Nowadays, hordes of people are juicing, detoxing, fermenting, going Paleo and crazy over so-called “Super Foods” like ghoji berries, chia seeds and coconut oil. Today’s diets have definitely shifted away from more unhealthy eating habits that include overly processed and refined foods, towards an increasing awareness of the importance of fresh, high quality and raw and/or organic ingredients. More often than not, the traditional meat-and-potatoes meal is being replaced by salads and grains. In some circles “Carbs” have even become a swear word!

Wellness is a major food trend and it’s not going to go away any time soon! The GF&WS promotes a relationship with food that’s not only fun and flavoursome, but healthy as well. A notable feature of the three-day long culinary extravaganza is the Eat Well, Live Well Theatre, where a series of well-known cooking personalities and health experts showcase the latest dietary and health-related cooking trends and innovations – all free from artificial additives!

But the Eat Well, Live Well Theatre is not the only aspect of show that’ll get you craving a smoothie. There’s a host of exhibitors promoting and selling products and ingredients that are beneficial for you. Gluten-intolerant? Banting? The show’s a haven for anyone with specialised dietary requirements! Those who were at the Cape Town instalment of the GF&WS will remember exhibitors like Credé Natural Oils, OhMega Nut Butters, Nutribullet and Ninja Blenders. This month, they return, and are joined by some newcomers.

Credé Natural Oils produces a range of low-carb, cold-pressed organic oils and flours, as well as several low-carb nut butters sold under the brand name OhMega. Their goods include almond, coconut, olive, grapeseed, sesame, peanut and pumpkinseed oils; almond, coconut and flax flours; and almond, cashew, peanut and macadamia butters.

Credé’s goods will be on display in Johannesburg, and if the Cape Town show is anything to go by, they’ll also be part of the ingredients in certain chefs’ delicious dishes. Sarah Graham had mouths watering in June at the Eat Well, Live Theatre when she made sugar- and gluten-free Banana Bread with a mixture of Credé’s Almond Flour and Coconut Flour. Sarah Graham will also be at the Jozi leg of the show.

On the power drinks side of things, Nutribullet and Ninja Blenders will be on hand once again to demonstrate how their products can make perfectly nutritional smoothies. Both brands sell compact mixers that are ideal for making healthy fruit and vegetable juices.

As for the newcomers, first up is Atkins SA, who produces a substantial collection of low-carb foodstuffs. These include bread mix, cereal, pasta, snack bars and drinks. Secondly, there’s Gluten Free Cakes, a Johannesburg-based baking company that specialises not only in cakes, but also cupcakes, tarts, scones, muffins and non-dairy ice cream.

So whether it’s to stock up your primal pantry, learn how to make a new swish dish, or sample an array of good-for-you goodies, the GF&WS does wellness well!

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