At regular times, the carbohydrate discussion resumes. Right now, the keto diet, which scraps almost all carbs, is very popular. But dietitians and nutritionists continue to hammer it out: avoiding all carbohydrates is not a good idea.
Soup spoon per day
Dietitian Tanja Callewaert explains in the AD: “The regular wholemeal bread is nowadays something in the background. Such a power bread with flaxseed and chia seeds sounds healthy, until you know that those superfoods contain more calories than a piece of chocolate. They are healthier, though, but you don't need a soup spoon a day. The same goes for nuts. "
Ground wheat grains
She also tells us how it is now with brown bread that is brown but not healthy. “Very often, polished white wheat grains are malted, a procedure similar to baking pine nuts: they get a brown color, and thus also the bread that is baked from it. While you actually work white bread – and thus fast sugars – inside. Whatever grain is made – oats, spelled – only bread made from whole wheat flour is nutritionally the right choice. "
Still, she understands that eating low carbohydrates helps with weight loss. "A slice of bread contains about 100 calories," Callewaert says. "So such a low-carbohydrate diet seems to produce quick results, so it makes sense. But it is not healthy at all. Carbohydrates are the fuel of our body. The brain even turns on it completely: in the event of a deficiency, we will suffer from loss of concentration, a limp feeling and our physical performance will also go down ”, according to the dietician.
She also says that every diet helps. “You lose weight if you consume fewer calories than you consume daily. By deleting it. If you omit bread, that's no different. "
Many people think that a bloated feeling is caused by too many carbohydrates. The haters speak of a 'bread belly', but the opposite is true. “Such a bloated feeling usually indicates an unhealthy or neglected intestinal flora. Deleting bread from your menu is indeed an easy solution, which also seems to pay off. Seems, because instead of healthier, your intestines become diaper. This will not solve your problem, but will temporarily camouflage it. "
"The low-carbohydrate diet may be a hype, in fact, it is only suitable for people with a BMI higher than 30 who have to lose weight very quickly for health reasons. Moreover, such a diet is always temporary and should be professionally supervised, ”it concludes.
The Nutrition Center agrees with her. "Carbohydrates are indispensable," says spokeswoman Lolkje de Vries. “If you don't get enough of it, your body uses your own muscle protein as an energy source. Eating whole wheat bread is a good way to get carbohydrates in because it contains, in addition to carbohydrates, other valuable nutrients such as B vitamins and minerals such as iron. ”