Bread is not essential

13 February 2016
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As published in The Standard (De Standaard) on 13/02/2016

Bread and potatoes were once the staple of every meal. Those days are long gone. Nutritious ingredients come in many forms, as does the expertise on this subject. It’s a daily blessing for Pascale Naessens.

I read in The Standard (DS 12 February) that those who do not eat bread run the risk of iodine deficiency. The journalist who wrote the article based the deduction on comments made by Robin Peeters, Professor of Internal Medicine at the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam. He’s a firm advocate for more sandwiches. His stance arises from the mass following of diet (book(s)) that discourage eating bread.

For a number of years, artificial iodine has been added to bread, more specifically to baker’s salt, to prevent iodine deficiency among the population. But the question is: if I add iodine to Snickers, would that make Snickers a healthy option?

All the goodness from the sea

Encouraging people to eat bread lest they develop iodine deficiency not only makes them dependent on the food industry, it keeps them ignorant. Bread is not a natural source of iodine. It would be better to warn people about the risk of iodine deficiency and give them information on natural sources of iodine. Everything that comes from the sea is a natural source of iodine: fish, shellfish, seaweed, marine plants such as sea lavender and samphire. This type of natural and healthy food has played an important role in our evolution and in the development of our highly advanced brain. My latest book goes into this in detail.

I read that Robin Peeters was worried about the young girls who are substituting bread with oatmeal and fruit. Does he really think that those girls eat sausages and chips in the evening? No, they’re eating salads with seaweed and smoothies with spirulina. I’m throwing a party tomorrow for friends: in my olive tapenade, I have nori and arame, I’m serving shrimp for starters and cod for the main course. I can totally reassure the Professor. My iodine levels are perfect and there isn’t a sandwich in sight. My doctor is also particularly pleased with the measurements for the rest of my blood chemistry, thanks to the quantity of vegetables and fruit that I eat instead of bread. Perhaps on a slightly inappropriate personal note, but since I stopped eating bread I no longer suffer from blockages. I don’t need to tell you that a visit to the toilet every day makes a person very happy.


* These are a few excerpts from the article. The full article can be found on the PDF file (in Dutch) below.

‘Everything that comes from the sea is a natural source of iodine: fish, shellfish, seaweed, marine plants such as sea lavender and samphire.’