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How healthy or unhealthy is gingerbread really?

  1. Did you know that around 100 million gingerbread cakes are sold in the Netherlands every year? That is an average of six per person! The popularity of this cake is partly because it is eaten at almost any time of the day. Not only as a snack, many people slide in a slice of butter every day; gingerbread is also a real favorite for breakfast.

  2. Did you know that around 100 million gingerbread cakes are sold in the Netherlands every year? That is an average of six per person! The popularity of this biscuit is partly because it is eaten at almost any time of the day. Not only as a snack, many people slide in a slice of butter every day; gingerbread is also a real favorite for breakfast.

  1. But is that really wise? In today's blog, we take a look at what exactly is behind all the health claims made by gingerbread manufacturers. Is gingerbread healthy to start the day, or should you choose something else?

  2. But is that really wise? In today's blog, we take a look at what exactly is behind all of the health claims made by gingerbread manufacturers. Is gingerbread healthy to start the day, or should you choose something else?

What is a good breakfast?

  1. In order to judge whether gingerbread is a suitable breakfast, we will of course first need to know what is a good way to start the day. Of course this can differ per person, but we can give some general tips! First of all, a good breakfast is high in protein: it ensures that your body has enough nutrients.

  1. In addition, it is wise to also eat a lot of fiber with your breakfast. These ensure that you feel full for longer, so that you don't have a rumbling stomach again halfway through lunch. Finally, some slow carbohydrates ensure that you immediately have enough energy to get you going.

Is gingerbread healthy?

  1. Then let's take a look at gingerbread â € “how healthy is that really? The first thing that strikes you when reading the ingredients is the ingredient that comes first: glucose-fructose, or sugar. No less than 40% of an average gingerbread consists of sugar! Obviously, that's way too much to start your day off right…

  1. Many people also have the idea that gingerbread is rich in fiber, but unfortunately that too is disappointing. Despite all the beautiful ears of wheat on the packaging, standard gingerbread contains about the same amount of fiber as white bread - not very much, so. It is hardly healthier than the average pastry!

And gingerbread with less sugar?

  1. Because Peijnenburg and other gingerbread manufacturers also know that these sugar levels are very high, more and more 'light' gingerbread cakes have recently come onto the market. They are proudly promoted with the label â € less sugarâ € ™. Are those better options? At least in terms of calories. The Peijnenburg 0% sugar also provides you with a lot of fiber, about 19.5 per 100 grams.

  1. Nevertheless, such light varieties are full of sweeteners to mask the taste. There has been a lot of discussion for years about the harmfulness of sweeteners to health. The exact effect is not entirely clear, but with a little bit of sense, it is clear that you don't want too much of it in your body.

  2. Nevertheless, such light varieties are full of sweeteners to mask the taste. There has been a great deal of debate for years about the harmfulness of sweeteners to health. The exact effect is not entirely clear, but with a little bit of sense, it is clear that you don't want too much of it in your body.

  1. Anyone who hopes to have a healthy breakfast with a slice of gingerbread will be disappointed. There are healthier alternatives for your breakfast!

Healthy gingerbread recipe

  1. Those who are nevertheless very attached to their gingerbread can choose to bake it themselves. This recipe is a lot healthier than the sugar cake you buy in the supermarket!

  2. If you are nevertheless very attached to your gingerbread, you can choose to bake it yourself. This recipe is a lot healthier than the sugar cake you buy in the supermarket!

  1. First soak 100 grams of dates in warm water. Then preheat the oven to 180-190 degrees. After soaking for about 5 minutes, grind the dates in a food processor.

  1. Add 2 teaspoons of cinnamon powder, an egg, a pinch of sea salt, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, a pinch of nutmeg, 125 ml (almond) milk, 250 grams of rye flour and possibly 2 tbsp gingerbread powder. Knead this into a batter.

  1. Then put this firm batter in a baking tin with baking paper and bake it for about 40 minutes in the preheated oven. This cookie is slightly less sweet than the one from the store, but that immediately saves you a lot of sugar!

Breakfast alternatives

  1. Don't feel like having to bake a gingerbread every week for your breakfast? Fortunately, there are plenty of other healthy alternatives for the start of your day. If you want to get healthy fiber and carbohydrates, you can opt for oatmeal, for example. That contains a lot less sugar and, unlike gingerbread, does provide protein!

  2. Don't feel like baking a gingerbread for your breakfast every week? Fortunately, there are plenty of other healthy alternatives for the start of your day. If you want to get healthy fiber and carbohydrates, you can opt for oatmeal, for example. That contains a lot less sugar and, unlike gingerbread, does provide protein!

  1. If you prefer something firm, good rye bread can also be a tasty substitute for gingerbread. A hearty omelette with vegetables is always a good addition to a healthy breakfast. Opt for a protein-rich, sugar-free toppings and you will start your day in an excellent way.



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