Europe recognizes the healthy properties of carbohydrates

The European Commission published a new Regulation, R (EU) 1018/2013, which establishes a list of authorized claims of health properties of food other than those related to the reduction of the risk of disease and the development and health of children.

In this regulation, the EFSA collects those favorable evaluations for the declaration of health properties related to the effect of carbohydrates in the maintenance of the different brain functions.

So when this regulation already comes into force, those foods that mention the healthy properties of carbohydrates on their labeling, must add, along with their promotion, the mandatory legend of "a daily intake of 130 grams of glycemic carbohydrates meets the glucose needs of the brain "

This statement will serve to praise the good properties of our bakery products that meet the requirements of the EFSA consumer opinion. Thus, from now on the consumer can be informed through the product label that the beneficial effect of carbohydrates will be obtained by taking them in that amount from all sources.

But, what foods can carry this statement? Well, it can be carried by those that contain a minimum of 20 g of carbohydrates that are metabolized by our body, except for polyalcohols, per quantified portion and that comply with the nutritional properties claims "Low sugar content" or "No sugars. added "

Experts justify this claim and welcome it with optimism as they consider carbohydrates as the most important source of energy for the body and an essential part of a healthy and balanced diet. Furthermore, the EFSA determines that an optimal diet should contain between 45% and 60% of daily energy in the form of carbohydrates.

Therefore, if an adult diet should contain between 2000 and 2500 kilocalories per day, and we follow the recommendations of the experts considering 45% of that amount, we come to the conclusion that an adult should ingest about 225 to 280 grams of carbohydrates per day taking into account for the calculations that a single gram of carbohydrates provides 4 kilocalories.

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