Nutrition under the microscope: is a croissant for breakfast really so unhealthy?

In the section Nutrition under the microscope we share a scientific view of nutrition and health. The internet is full of claims about these two broad topics, but is this information correct? We provide clarity with the help of various experts. With today: how (un)healthy is eating a croissant actually?

It’s Sunday morning. Next to a glass of fresh orange juice is a farm-fresh croissant on your plate. Get them already, because Sunday 30 January is the national day of the croissant.

But how healthy is eating a croissant for breakfast? Is it a good start to the day? Subway asked nutritionist Camella Bot for nutritional advice.

The day of the croissant

According to Bot, we cannot call the croissant itself a healthy product. “It contains few substances that make a positive contribution to your physical health.” According to her, this is because a croissant contains a lot of saturated fats. As a result, the croissant provides a lot of calories, with little volume. “You can often eat three croissants, and then you are actually not quite full.”

However, according to the nutritionist, that is no reason to completely ban the croissant from your diet. “I advise my clients to enjoy a pampering breakfast once a week. A croissant can be part of this. I do this because I believe that the freedom to enjoy something tasty makes it possible to continue making healthy choices more often for the rest of the week,” she explains.

If you ban the croissants from your diet because it is a less nutritious product, then according to the nutritionist this can be counterproductive. “Sometimes being very hard on yourself and having to keep saying no to your croissant can cause more stress and appetite than enjoying it and then picking it up again.”

Supplement the breakfast with proteins

“Since a single croissant in the morning is not a filling breakfast for many people, I advise my clients to supplement their indulgent breakfast with a protein-rich component.” Examples include a bowl of cottage cheese or a whole-wheat sandwich with chicken breast, egg or cottage cheese. According to Bot, adding proteins to your breakfast is important, because proteins are more satiating than the saturated fat from the croissant. “As a result, you are fuller from your breakfast for longer, and so you have less urge to keep sniffing during the day.”

According to the nutritionist, a healthy diet is about balance and is the entirety of what you eat on the day. And that croissant? “A croissant fits in perfectly with this, if you ensure that you get your healthy products in for the rest of the day,” says Bot. The moral of the story? So just enjoy a croissant this Sunday.

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