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Isn't carbs bad for you if you are on a diet?

The only way to lose weight is to eat less energy than you spend. There are no evidence behind statements that carbohydrates as such will make you fat despite calorie restriction. However, there is a vast difference between carbohydrates with different quality. Refined sugars and starches give you quite a lot of energy but little nutrients and dietary fibres. Wholegrains, on the other hand, contain a substantial amount of dietary fibres and nutrients as well as healthy non-nutrients. The structure of wholegrain foods may restrict energy uptake from the food compared to refined grain food. Wholegrain foods, and especially when rye based, also increase the short-term and long-term satiety compared to refined wheat, which may aid calorie restriction. Read more

Is rye products healthier than wholegrain wheat products?
It is beneficial to consume a wide variety of foods to have a diverse intake of nutrients and healthy non-nutrient compounds. In general, wheat products are consumed to a much higher extent than rye products, hence rye products helps to diversify our diet. In addition, when it comes to the effect on blood glucose and the need of insulin, rye products have more beneficial effects than whole wheat products, when compared to refined wheat products. Read more


I am gluten intolerant, can I eat rye?
Rye contains gluten-like proteins to which persons with coeliac disease react. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology are working on possible solutions to prevent gluten protein from being harmful to celiacs, whom in the future may be able to eat breads with similar ingredients and characteristics as healthy individuals. Read more

Can I eat rye products if I have irritable bowel syndrome?  
Usually persons with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are recommended to avoid foods high in non-digestible carbohydrates (FODMAPs), such as cereals and breads. However, there is a rye bread available, for the time being in Finland, where FODMAPs have been reduced through a special sourdough fermentation process. This bread is well tolerated by most persons suffering from IBS.

Why are the industry involved in the forum?
Cooperation with the food industry enables the research to be translated into actual products, hence, a means to ensure that the research benefits the consumers. The information on this site is, nevertheless, a result of independent research.

If you have a question about rye and health you are welcome to ask the researchers in the Nordic Rye Forum.

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