Diet and bread: Is bread very healthy despite carbohydrates?

In many countries, bread is one of the staple foods. In the Netherlands too, bread is one of the basic food products for various meals. On average, a Dutch person eats sixty kilos of bread per year. However, bread consumption has been declining since 2009. In 2013, this decline increased even further compared to previous years. For example, bread consumption in the Netherlands fell by 2.3 percent in the first three quarters of 2013. This compared to the same period of 2012. The decline in bread consumption seems to be caused by numerous diet gurus and nutritionists. The diet gurus and nutritionists advise not to consume bread anymore. This is because of the carbohydrates the bread contains. According to diet gurus and nutritionists, bread is therefore an insidious fattener. According to these experts, bread is also said to be the cause of cardiovascular disease.

Bread is a basic product for human nutrition

Bread is one of the basic foodstuffs that occupies a prominent place in the disk of five. The Wheel of Five is a tool. A tool introduced by the Nutrition Center. The Wheel of Five is a round disk divided into five compartments. Each box shows a type of product that is important for the health of the human body. Each box has its own size. This makes it easy to see how much of the products in this group one should consume in relation to the other food groups. Bread can be found in one of the two largest compartments. In addition to bread, potatoes, legumes and grain products also belong to this profession. According to the nutrition center, these products are indispensable for the human body. Indispensable because they contain few calories and many healthy nutrients. The nutrients in these products are:

  • carbohydrates,
  • protein,
  • fibres,
  • B vitamins,
  • calcium,
  • iron

The history of bread

The history of bread dates back to approximately 28,000 years before the beginning of our era. So 28,000 years before the birth of Christ. Bread is said to have been created at that time by an experiment. An experiment by adding water to broken grains of wheat. The addition of water created a kind of dough. By letting this dough dry in the sun or baking it on stones, stones that had first been heated in a fire, a kind of bread was created. In 2013, there are still many countries that prepare their bread products in a similar way. Examples include the well-known Mexican tortilla and Indian rotis.

Which type of bread is the healthiest

There are many different types of bread. People often think that the health of bread is related to the color of the bread. The darker the bread is, the healthier the bread is said to be. However, in many cases this turns out not to be the case. The dark color of bread is often caused by the addition of dyes. When the color of bread is obtained “naturally”, the bread can never be darker than the color of whole wheat bread.

Isn’t white bread unhealthier than whole wheat bread?

By definition, the health of bread cannot be judged by its color. After all, white bread contains the same types of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber as brown and whole wheat bread. However, brown and whole wheat bread contains more of these important nutrients than white bread. That is the main reason why it is often advised to choose brown bread or whole wheat bread.

According to the book “The Food Hourglass” bread is said to be unhealthy

According to the Brood information agency, the declining figures for bread consumption are mainly due to the views of popular diet gurus and diet books. The diet book The Food Hourglass by the Belgian Doctor, Kris Verburgh, in particular is said to be one of the major causes of the declining sales figures for bread consumption in 2013. The book The Food Hourglass was nominated in 2013 as book of the year for the NS audience award. In November 2013, 250,000 copies of Kris Verburgh’s book had already been sold.

Bread consumption

According to the Brood information agency, the declining figures when it comes to bread consumption is mainly due to the views of popular diet gurus and diet books. The diet book, The Food Hourglass by the Belgian Doctor Kris Verburgh, in particular is said to be one of the major causes of the declining sales figures of bread in 2013. The book The Food Hourglass was nominated for the NS audience award in 2013 as the book of the year. In addition, 250,000 copies had already been sold by November 2013.

Aging process

The diet described in the book The Food Hourglass is not a diet specifically intended for weight loss. Kris Verburgh describes the aging process in his book and his view of the influence of nutrition on this aging process. In his book, Kris Verburgh also describes why carbohydrates are very unhealthy in his opinion. The book also describes why everyone should eliminate bread from their daily menu.

The Dutch eat too little bread

The Nutrition Center does not share Kris Verburgh’s opinion. According to the Nutrition Center, an average Dutch person would even consume too little bread. An average Dutch person eats sixty kilos of bread per year. This seems like a lot, but for an adult it amounts to an average of three to four slices of bread per day. According to the nutrition center, this appears to be too little. The nutrition center indicates that Dutch people eat too little bread. This is because bread is the main supplier of fiber and vitamins for people in the body.

How many slices of bread per day is healthy?

The nutrition center recommends consuming the following numbers of bread slices per day. The nutrition center notes as an additional point of attention that, for optimal health benefits when eating bread, one should choose whole wheat bread.

Age category

Number of slices of bread per day

1 to 3 years

2 to 3 slices

4 to 8 years

3 to 4 slices

9 to 13 years

4 to 5 slices

14 to 50 years

6 to 7 slices

51 to 70 years

5 to 6 slices

70 years and older

4 to 5 slices