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Eulogy to carbohydrates The excellent Apulian focaccia, like all other carbohydrates, is not completely forbidden even for those who are following a slimming regime. In modest quantities, it is one of the staples of a healthy diet by Novella Pranzo
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Altamura focaccia. Photo by Dario Ersetti

Apulian focaccia

 

For a 700 gram focaccia:

 

- 500 g of durum wheat flour

- 1 cube of brewer’s yeast

- 10 tablespoonfuls of extra virgin olive oil

- 1 teaspoonful of salt

- 1 teaspoonful of sugar

- about 300 ml of lukewarm water

- 20 small tomatoes

- oregano

 

Nutrition facts per 100 g:

 

- energy: 441 Kcal

- carbohydrates: 56,5 g

- protein: 8 g

- lipids: 22 g

- fiber: 2,5 g

 

The Apulian focaccia is really good… and gives us a chance to talk about carbohydrates, too frequently the victims of prejudice.

No newspaper or magazine misses its chance to advise us on magic diets to lose weight rapidly by means of the elimination of carbohydrates: but there is nothing more mistaken. The consequence is an ill-balanced diet exceeding in fats, whereas it has been demonstrated that the consumption of carbohydrates helps us to avoid the accumulation of fats, giving us the energy to demolish lipids; that is, providing us with immediately available energy. Carbohydrates are our bodies’ fuel! And it is thanks to them that we can face our busy days and carry out the normal activities of everyday life.

A diet completely lacking in carbohydrates is highly ill-advisable even for people who are following a strictly low-calorie regime.

Carbohydrates are at the base of the food pyramid and the staple of the Mediterranean diet which, we remind our readers, in 2010 was declared by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to be a cultural though intangible heritage of mankind.

A diet containing an ideal proportion of carbohydrates is not fattening; it can even prevent the accumulation of fat in the body. What is the ideal proportion? On a well-balanced diet, carbohydrates should make up 55-60% of all the calories consumed in a single day.

Carbohydrates are present also in many foods that introduce other important nutrients into the diet. If we think of that famous complete dish, that fabulous combination which nourishes our organism on all fronts: the classic pasta with beans, a tasty dish rich in carbohydrates and protein.

Neither must we underestimate the fact that carbohydrates, as well as being our first source of energy, are also very cheap.

Let’s enjoy our slice of focaccia, then. With a piece of fresh cheese, some salad and a piece of fruit it’s a complete, nourishing and healthy meal.

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