Frequently Asked Questions

The dietitians of Dieet Compleet regularly receive questions during their consultation hours. 
Here an overview of the most frequently asked questions

Biomed – Frequently asked questions

Which dairy products can I use to make the shake?

Preferably choose a skimmed or semi-skimmed milk product: low-fat yogurt, biogarde, skimmed milk, semi-skimmed milk or buttermilk. You can use soy milk if you have an allergy to cow milk or a lactose intolerance.

How do I prevent the powder from clumping?

It is best to mix the powder with the milk product using a fork, whisk or mixer or use a shaker.

What about the ‘nutritional status’ of my measurement?

A good nutritional status means that your body cells can have sufficient essential nutrients and therefore function optimally. A good or bad nutritional status does not necessarily have to do with your weight. To achieve a good nutritional status, balanced eating and sufficient exercise is important. This lowers your fat percentage and you maintain or increase your muscle mass. This gives an improvement of the nutritional status.

How do I get enough carbohydrates in my regular meal?

One of the aspects of the BIAmed program is eating enough carbohydrates. You will find that you have to eat a fair amount of carbohydrates. You receive a personal amount of carbohydrates for the regular meal, this is determined on the basis of the measurement. If you are a “big eater” you will have less trouble with it, but for “little eaters” this seems a difficult task. Make sure that your meal contains at least a large amount of a large carbohydrate source, eg potatoes, (brown rice) rice, pasta, legumes, couscous, bread or the like. Supplement this with vegetables, fruit, fruit juice and / or dairy. You may need to choose regular sugary products to get the right amount of carbohydrates. Always choose the skinny ones. The meal (incl. Dessert,
If you are looking for more variation in recipes, you can purchase the BIAmed cookbook from your dietician.

Nutrition in general – Frequently asked questions

Is it true that honey is healthier than sugar?

Both honey and sugar mainly provide calories and not important amounts of vitamins and minerals. Both honey and sugar also have a negative influence on our teeth. People who want to pay attention to their weight can better limit the use of honey and sugar. Honey has no more positive influence on our health than sugar.

Are raw vegetables healthier than cooked ones?

This is not necessarily true. Although vitamins are lost through cooking, other substances are better absorbed from cooked than from raw vegetables. This applies, for example, to carotenoids. In addition, you usually eat less from raw vegetables than from cooked vegetables. It is therefore important to alternate or combine raw and cooked. When you cook the vegetables briefly, the vitamins are largely retained.

I read in an article that chocolate is so healthy. Isn’t that right with all those calories?

Chocolate indeed contains a lot of calories and is therefore a real fatter if you eat it in large quantities. Chocolate also contains flavonoids that are good for the heart and blood vessels, but the large amount of saturated fat largely eliminates this effect. Chocolate also has a slightly stimulating effect due to the substance theobromine, which is a brother of caffeine in coffee. However, the effect of 1 whole chocolate bar is much less strong than that of a cup of coffee. So you do not eat chocolate for your health, but simply because it is tasty.

Is fish really healthy, with all those hazardous substances in it?

Research shows time and again that eating fresh fish regularly is extremely healthy. Scientists have shown that eating fish once or twice a week can reduce cardiovascular disease mortality by nearly 30 percent. 
The European Commission has laid down hygiene rules and safety standards for environmentally foreign substances that may end up in the human body. The government (the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, formerly Keuringsdienst van Waren) constantly monitors all fish sold in the Netherlands. The amounts of environmentally foreign substances found in fish are minimal. 
If, as we recommend, you eat fish once or twice a week, you will get very little of it.

You advise eating fish twice a week, but I also want to take the overfishing into account. How do I do that?

Of course we also think it is important to deal with nature and the environment in a responsible manner. Fortunately, there are still enough fish species that can be eaten without objection, because there is no overfishing with these species or because they are farmed in a nature-friendly way. Your dietician can inform you about this. 

I saw in a TV program that milk is not that healthy at all, what do you think?

Occasionally, news reports about milk appear in newspapers, on TV and on the internet. Questions are then placed on the old advice ‘milk is good for everyone’. In the negative reporting, the impression is created that milk is unhealthy and is only intended for calves and babies by nature. Milk use would increase the risk of osteoporosis and cause a greater risk of chronic diseases such as cancer. These statements are based on limited and partly outdated scientific research. They are also not supported by independent (inter) national food authorities. We believe that dairy is an important source of protein, B vitamins and minerals such as calcium. It certainly does not apply: the more the better. To limit the amount of saturated fat, It is advisable not to use more than the recommended quantities and to opt for semi-skimmed or lean varieties. Your dietician can indicate for you personally what a healthy amount of dairy is.

What are functional foods?

There is no official definition for functional food. In functional foods, a component is specifically added or removed to improve the health value of that product. They are intended for the best possible (‘optimal’) health and the lowest possible risk of disease. Examples are calcium-enriched products for strong bones, enriched margarine, and yogurt products for lowering cholesterol levels and yogurt drinks for healthy intestines.