Are you eating healthily but can't lose weight?

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Are you eating healthily but can't lose weight?

The Irish Bread Bakers Association has teamed up with Dr Mary McCreery, one of Ireland’s foremost consultant nutritionists and dietitians.

Every year a new trendy diet hits the headlines as the “must do” for the perfect beach body or instant weight loss. However, some people embrace ‘healthy’ eating and then cannot understand why they do not lose any weight.

Bread has been cast among the foods to chop ruthlessly from your diet. But behind most food and nutrition myths, there are facts that overrule the fads.

A healthy diet is not necessarily a weight reducing diet. The definition of a healthy diet is getting all the nutrients that the body requires in the amounts needed and not getting too little or too much of any one nutrient.    

The Irish Bread Bakers Association has teamed up with Dr Mary McCreery, one of Ireland’s foremost consultant nutritionists and dietitians, to set straight a few of the misconceptions that have had some people questioning whether bread is good for you.

Misconceptions around bread

 · Bread is fattening

There is little or no fat or sugar in bread. A slice of bread has the same number of calories as a large apple.

 · Bread causes bloating

Bloating is the new description for “I feel fat” or “I feel full”. There is simply no evidence that bread causes bloating. We are meant to feel full after meals, but if you are over-full then maybe you ate too much food! A review of the topic by the British Nutrition Foundation concluded that there was no scientific evidence that regular consumption of bread caused bloating or digestive problems. 

 · Bread is unhealthy

Contrary to what some may believe, bread is good for us and is an excellent source of proteins, vitamins especially the B Vitamins, Thiamine, Niacin, and Folic Acid; minerals (Calcium and iron); fibre and complex carbohydrates. It is also low in sugar and fat.

· Bread is low in essential nutrients

Bread is healthy as it contains many nutrients such as iron, calcium and B vitamins. Some varieties are also fortified with vitamin D and seeds such as Chia, adding Omega 3 to the nutritional content, making bread a major contributor to the nutrient intake of the Irish diet. Variety is the key to getting a balanced and nutritious diet. Because bread is such a versatile food, it can be included at all meals to provide energy. Toast for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and as a side at dinner. Bread can and should be included in your diet at least once a day.

· Bread makes your energy levels drop

Although, if consumed alone, white and wholemeal breads cannot claim to have a low glycemic index, most of the time bread is combined with protein and fat: when it is eaten with a meal or as a sandwich, for example.  This combination means that the carbohydrate is digested more slowly and glucose enters the bloodstream at a slower and more stable rate.