Eating healthy in Haiti is cheaper than eating junk food but who's doing it?

Eating a whole-foods, plant-based diet in Haiti is much cheaper than eating all that processed and imported junk foods that is so bad for your health; but most Haitian will jump for a bowl of imported white rice or pasta than boiled sweet potato and spinach from the local farm.

PHOTO: Haiti - Lo Patat - How sweet potato is sold in street markets
PHOTO: Haiti - Lo Patat - How sweet potato is sold in street markets

I don't know about the people in Port-au-Prince but, in the province where I live, if your primary focus is on plants, including vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes, which should make up the majority of what you eat, is your priority then you fill certainly find those fresh from local farms each and every week.

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Seeds and nuts are not as popular in Haiti like in the United States but that's another story.

Haitians usually throw away the seeds when they cook a vegetable not knowing that seeds are great sources of healthy fats, vegetarian protein, fiber and antioxidant.

What about nuts?

The most popular nuts in Haiti are cashews (nwa) and peanuts (pistach). There is another little seed called "jijiri".

I think jijiri is sesame seed in English but I am not sure.

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Haiti Education says...

Manger un régime alimentaire à base de plantes et d'aliments complets en Haïti coûte beaucoup moins cher que de manger toute cette malbouffe transformée et importée qui est si mauvaise pour votre santé; mais la plupart des haïtiens vont sauter pour un bol de riz ou de pâtes importés que de la patate douce de la ferme

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