YMCA Healthy Living Magazine, powered by n4 food and health (Spring 2014) - Page 8

ZOE NICHOLSON, APD Zoe has a passion for food with one of her key goals as a dietitian being to help everyone enjoy all types of food, especially the ones you love, but may avoid because “they’re fattening”! Zoe does not believe you need to eat diet foods or deny yourself and will show you how to manage your health without dieting. Find out more about Zoe at www.n4foodandhealth.com BREAD IS NOT THE ENEMY Nutrition expert Zoe Nicholson sets the record straight about bread. R ecently, while at the supermarket grabbing my usual bread, I reached past a 60-something-yearold lady who was studying nutrition labels. She excused herself saying “I’m just checking to see how much sugar is in this bread”. I politely said there was no need to worry about sugar in bread. She looked at me incredulously and said “but isn’t bread bad for you?” I replied “not at all,” and that I was in fact a dietitian and ate bread everyday for breakfast. Not having time to engage in a full discussion, I then continued on my way. It never ceases to amaze me how confused basic healthy eating has become, as a result of all the fad diets, celebrity regimes, food articles in glossy magazines and tabloids and media hype around food. The truth is, bread is healthy! While choosing a high fibre wholegrain bread offers the most nutrition and is the most filling, even a white crusty 8 YMCA HEALTHY LIVING MAGAZINE SPRING 2014 bread (think France and Italy) – can be part of a healthy diet too. So what makes bread healthy? 1 It provides carbohydrates for energy. 2 It provides a range of B vitamins for energy metabolism and other functions. 3 It can be an excellent source of dietary fibre for good bowel health and to fill you up (good for weight control). 4 Most breads in Australia are fortified with iodine and folate, two important nutrients many Australians don’t get enough of. 5 Most bread is naturally low in fat and sugar. Exceptions may be fruit bread or some Asian style breads. Like with many foods, you do need to mindful of the kilojoules/calories and understand that over-eating bread will make weight control harder. But essentially, bread can make a healthy contribution to a balanced diet.