The Healthy and Delicious Baguette: Tips from a Senior Clinical Dietitian

Incorporating a Baguette into Your Diet: Choosing the Right Flour and Oil

Looking to create a healthier and more delicious baguette? Here are some tips from Senior Clinical Dietitian Shir Alfie Zager at the General Hospital in Dan District – Pet.

First, add a variety of nuts and seeds to the batter. Flax seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, poppy seeds, and pumpkin seeds are all great choices. Chia seeds, flax, and walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that are beneficial for heart health and cognitive function. Pumpkin seeds are high in magnesium, while poppy seeds are rich in calcium. These seeds also provide a good amount of dietary fiber, which helps with digestion and adds to the taste and texture of the baguette.

Incorporating quality olive oil into the dough can also be beneficial. Extra virgin olive oil contains oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid that helps lower LDL cholesterol levels and increase HDL cholesterol levels. It also helps regulate the activity of the endothelium, which lines blood vessels and heart chambers. Avoid using saturated fats like butter, as they can lead to the formation of fatty plaque in blood vessels over time.

Adding herbs like rosemary, thyme, basil or garlic to the dough can not only enhance the flavor and appearance of the baguette but also provide immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties that promote health. However be mindful of how much salt you use as too much salt can lead to health issues like hypertension so use it in moderation. A measured amount of salt will enhance the taste of the baguette and help regulate fermentation process.

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