Drop in bread consumption sparks alarm among bakers

18th December 2007, Comments 0 comments

Bread, from baguettes to wholegrain loaves, is rapidly falling off the daily menu of most Spanish families.

17 December 2007

MADRID - Bread, from baguettes to wholegrain loaves, is rapidly falling off the daily menu of most Spanish families, sparking alarm among bakers and nutritionists nationwide.

In 1964, the average Spaniard consumed 134 kilos of bread per year. Last year that average was just 53.8 kilos, less than in countries such as Portugal, Italy, France, the United Kingdom and Turkey, according to figures released this week by an industry-backed scientific committee.

The situation is particularly alarming for the country's bakers, especially at a time when rising grain prices have pushed up production costs. According to nutritionists, part of the problem is a widespread perception that bread is fattening. "Bread, like any food, may or may not be fattening, depending on how much you eat," Ángel Gil, the head of the Scientific Bread Committee, said.

The Agriculture Ministry recommends that each person should eat 220 grams of bread per day.

[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL. 2007]

Subject: Spanish news

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