Mpho Tshukudu Bio

I am an integrative and functional nutritionist, eco-gastronome, author and pilates instructor.    

I believe that food is not just about taste and nutrition. It is an inter-connected network of:

  • Memories and cultural reflections

  • Rituals of usage, situations and behaviour

  • Communication and connection

  • Production: sun, water, plants animals and humans

You are not just eating food, you are experiencing a system

My research and communication interests are:

  • Integrative and functional nutrition

  • Heritage and indigenous Southern African foods

  • Taste science and health

  • Sustainable high quality foods creation and legislation

  • Food history and culture 


  • Master in Food, Culture Communication and Marketing (University of Gastronomic Sciences, Italy)

  • IFNA Advanced Practice Credential (Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy (IFNA), U.S.A.)

  • Post-Grad Diploma in Hospital Dietetics (University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, S.A.)

  • Bachelor of Sciences in Dietetics (University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, S.A.)

  • BASI Pilates Mat Teacher (Body Arts & Sciences International, S.A.) 

  • Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing (Digital Marketing Institute, Ireland)


Eat Ting: Lose Weight, Gain Health & yourself. 

Part mouth-watering modern cookbook, part nutritional handbook, part social commentary, dietitian Mpho Tshukudu and food anthropologist Anna Trapido have combined forces to examine the role that culture and context play in the quest for weight loss, health gain and culinary pleasure. Readers who follow the gourmet guidelines will lose weight but this is so much more than just a diet book. Those who lose weight will do so within a broader journey to health, self-knowledge and self-respect.

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