The consumption of bread decreased in Spain by 9.5% during the past year, according to José Miguel Herrero, Deputy Director General of the Food Chain of the Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs, during the presentation in Madrid of the White Paper of the Bread.
In this meeting the experts have agreed in affirming that bread not only does not make you fat, provided that the diet and eating habits are correct, but it is a food that favors our nutritional balance because it provides energy, and some essential nutrients such as carbohydrates, fiber, vitamin B, iron and zinc, in addition to a considerable amount of magnesium, potassium, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, niacin and folic acid.
In addition, remember that it is a fundamental food for children, and that its consumption in an adequate amount is associated with the reduction of many cardiovascular diseases and some types of cancer.
According to the ministry data referring to the month of September 2009, per capita consumption is 80 grams per day while, in the 70s, the average per inhabitant was 300 grams.
This decrease is due to different reasons, among which the emergence of new industrial products that have replaced it, the scarce knowledge about the nutritional benefits of bread, and the widespread error among the population of believing that "bread is fattening" stands out.
José Miguel Herrero points out that we must try to recover and boost the consumption of bread. To improve the nutritional status of the population, this expert considers it essential to banish the myths that are associated with this food and that are not true, and to report its great properties and potential health benefits.