The most recent recipe book in SA’s popular Cooking from the Heart recipe book collection was named among the “Best Free Publications in the category for Corporate Brands” in this year’s Gourmand Awards list.  The winning publications were announced on 16 October 2022 which is World Food Day.

The winning DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) edition was published by health and wellness advocate, Pharma Dynamics in partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa and is the fifth recipe book in the series.

Nicole Jennings, spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics says they are thrilled to receive the award.

“Dubbed as the Oscars of gastronomy, the annual Gourmand World Cookbook Awards are the world’s most prestigious cookbook awards, open to all languages, with entries from over 150 countries and regions, which makes the award extra special.”

Cooking from the Heart is a collection of traditional South African recipes that have been adapted by author, Heleen Meyer (well-known, South African healthy food consultant) and dieticians from the Heart and Stroke Foundation to be more heart friendly.

With its focus on preventative care, Pharma Dynamics launched the first Cooking from the Heart cookbook in 2012 to help reduce the public’s risk of heart disease and stroke by adopting a healthy and affordable eating plan.

Prof Pamela Naidoo, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation says many South Africans are still eating too much processed foods that are energy-dense, high in unhealthy fats, sugar and salt. The DASH edition focuses on ingredients that provide adequate intake of the minerals magnesium, calcium and potassium, all of which are essential for regulating blood pressure. A typical diet for many South Africans provides 25 – 50% of the daily recommended amounts of these minerals, while DASH provides these minerals in the range of 75 – 100% of daily recommended amounts.”

Through the value-ad QR codes in the DASH booklet, readers can access the full Cooking from the Heart range including more than 100 flavourful, no-fuss recipes, all available in a free digital cookbook. Try any one of the breakfast, snack, lunch or supper recipes here.

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