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Health: General

Mon 23 May, 2016
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Eat to beat diarrhoea

Eat to beat diarrhoea

Diarrhoea is one of the most common problems for people living with HIV. It affects as many as four out of every five HIV-positive people and can have profound effects on lifestyle. In this article we look at what causes diarrhoea and how it affects the body, and give some practical tips and recipes for how to control diarrhoea.

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The Food Chain is marking its 20th Anniversary by delivering two new projects to support the changing needs of people living with HIV.

Superfoods Myths and Truths

With the list of supposed superfoods growing every week, Luis Luna investigates if you have to spend on exotic imports or if local cabbage will have the same effect.

Healthy Eating - Harissa chicken with black & white rice Serves 4

Harissa is a North African hot red sauce or paste made from chili peppers (often smoked or dried) and garlic, often with coriander and caraway or cumin and served with olive oil.

African Peanut Stew (Pork or Chicken)

This Months nutritious recipe from the food chain is:
African Peanut Stew ( with Pork or Chicken) Serves: 5


750g Boneless Pork or Chicken cut into cubes
100g Unsalted peanuts
2 Plum tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
Half tsp Curry powder hot
Half tsp Ground coriander
Half tsp Ground cumin
1 tsp Crushed red pepper flakes
Half tsp Ground ginger
Quater tsp Cinnamon
50g Coriander
1 Bay leaf
1 Green pepper
1 and a half Garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp Salt
2 tbsps Tomato puree
100mls Chunky peanut butter
250mls Peanut oil
10mls or 2 tsps Olive oil
375mls Chicken stock
Salt and pepper to taste


1) Heat 1 tbsp of the oil on a high heat and add the meat cubes. Cook until soft (Pork approx 10 to 15 minutes or chicken approx 5 to 10 minutes).

2) Add the garlic, curry powder, coriander, cumin and crushed pepper and cook for 1 minute

3) Add the ginger, cinnamon, bay leaf, salt, chicken stock and tomato puree

4) Bring the liquid to a boil. Cover and simmer on a low heat for 45 minutes.

Add the peanut butter and blend in well. If using chicken, reduce the simmer to around 25 minutes, then check to see if it is cooked through.

5) Uncover and cook for a further 5 minutes to thicken

6) Stir in the chopped tomato and green pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes or until the vegetables soften but retain their shape.

7) Taste to correct the seasoning.
Serving suggestions

Flat leaf Parsley to garnish


1) Sauté some garlic in olive oil, then stir in some chopped squash.

2) Cook for several minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add tomatoes, salt and pepper. Reduce the heat and cover. Cook until slightly tender


1) Cook rice according to packet instructions.

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