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September 2017

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Food waste in the UAE – in Numbers

Did you know that more than 1 trillion dollars are wasted in the Middle East every single year as a result of food waste only?

But let’s take a step back and focus on the situation in the UAE:

  • The UAE currently wastes AED 15 billion (USD 4 billion) as a result of food waste
  • In Abu Dhabi 39 % of the annual 1.1 million ton of waste is caused by leftover or discarded food
  • Dubai is responsible for wasting a similar percentage (38%) but with the exception of an increase during Ramadan which is causing a food waste of 55% during the Holy Month

In a recent study conducted it was found that the following different foods are the main reasons for the waste; fresh meat (72%), fruits and vegetables (68%), dairy (66%), frozen food (63) and grains (54%).

Looking at another interesting aspect of the food waste it was found that:

  • the most wasted food category is the left-overs from take away or home cooked food 

Which is a very interesting finding for Keepeat – in addition, to creating awareness and donating food to food banks (before it’s too late due to the expiry date) Keepeat has created a platform to sell the leftover food to a discounted price in order to enable consumers to purchase cheaper food and facilitate cafes and restaurants to generate revenue instead of loss on unsold food.

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How to make your own Acai bowl.

Looking through the feedback we got from the Acai berry post which you can read here: What is Acai and how what do we know about its nutrition?  we at the Keepeat App decided to give you a recipe on how to make your own Acai bowl.

This is a recipe for one person i.e. one Acai bowl.

You need the following:

Acai base

  • 1 dl unsweetened almond milk (if you prefer a creamier Acai bowl, you can also use natural oatmeal)
  • 1 dl frozen mixed berries (raspberries and blueberries are our recommendation)
  • 1 banana
  • 0.5 dl Acai powder

Toppings

  • a few slices of banana
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 fist of mulberries
  • 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
  • Coconut chips
  • 1 teaspoon of peanut butter
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Reminder: how to store your food.

In order to make sure that we waste as little food as possible we also need to store it correctly. Therefore, we are going to look into the correct storing options for different food types.

So let’s start with fresh seafood:

  • Fish needs to be stored in the refrigerator and needs to be eaten within maximum 2 days after purchase
  • If you don’t manage to make a delicious dish with your fresh seafood within 2 days, wrap it in a plastic bag that is moisture free and leave it in the freezer
  • Never put cooked seafood on the same plate where you have had an initially raw product
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator within 2 hours after cooking
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What does it mean to be Vegan?

Hydrate your body and boost it with vitamins.

Veganism is a type of vegetarian diet that excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients. Many vegans also do not eat foods that are processed using animal products, such as refined white sugar and some wines.

You can read the full article here: https://www.thespruce.com/what-do-vegans-eat-3376824

Essentially vegans are being vegetarian with the add-on that they don’t use any other animal products such honey, fur, leather, cosmetics, soaps derived from animal products etc.

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Where does the Food Waste go?

Food going into a landfill to be decomposed.

Did you ever wonder where the food waste goes? We at Keepeat certainly do. Many people probably take out their trash and never think about what is being done with it after that step. You probably throw your trash out once a day, sometimes you might do it even more than once. But to the main point – you probably don’t think about what is being done to break it down after you have thrown it away, you just assume it gets taken care of. But let’s look at the whole process from the beginning.

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