Pieter-Jan Hannes Unclassified

Part III – The Day Of The Race

Discover the secret of success of young and promising athlete Pieter-Jan Hannes, and his wins during an important competition in Belgium!

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Don’t miss Champion Pieter-Jan Hannes’ interview on Actua TV!

This weekend from Saturday to Sunday, Actua TV in Belgium will broadcast an exclusive interview with champion runner Pieter-Jan Hannes. Three times Belgian champion cross country running and European junior champion in 1500m, represented Belgium this year in the Olympic Games in Rio, reaching the semi-finals of the 1500m.

A young and promising athlete, Pieter-Jan will discuss his healthy lifestyle and how he came to use palm oil as part of his nutritional regime as a professional athlete. Since he discovered it a few years ago thanks to his nutritionist, palm has become a key ingredient for P-J’s successful diet and training.

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Part II – The day before the race

Curious to know what a champion runner eats before a race? One of the most promising Belgian athletes, Pieter-Jan Hannes, invites his fellow athletes for an energetic and nutritious home cooked meal: a nice pasta with vegetables, tomato sauce and palm oil! Discover the tasting recipe here:

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Part I – The day before the race

Go behind the scenes and discover Belgian champion Pieter-Jan Hannes’ training and nutrition regime the day before an important competition in Belgium. P-J is one of the most promising athletes in Belgium. After winning gold at the European under-23 1500m and Cross Country Championship and reaching the semi-finals at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he is now ready for his next challenge: the 2017 World Championships in London. Stay tuned!

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The secret weapon in the diet of Olympic athlete Pieter-Jan Hannes

Pieter-Jan Hannes wants to shine in August at the Olympic Games in Rio. In addition to hard training, this 1500m runner from Antwerp has a secret weapon up his sleeve in terms of nutrition.

“Red palm oil”, Pieter-Jan Hannes reveals, is his secret to running. “Preferably Malaysian Extra Virgin, that is natural and sustainably produced.”

Pieter-Jan started using red palm oil four years ago. “Antwerp nutrition guru Peter Lamberts recommended it to me, he told me that, unlike other fats, it does not create waste when heated, that it contains more vitamins than most vegetables and fruits and actually it is better in a varied diet than its alternatives. At the beginning it seemed strange to be eating saturated fats. But now I know that Peter was right because it has recently been proven that the old theories on saturated fats, which claimed they are unhealthier than unsaturated fats, are not correct. ”

Since Pieter-Jan has been using red palm oil, his training is increasingly going better. “It’s not going to happen overnight of course, running five seconds faster by using red palm oil. But I used to be ill four to five times a year and could not continue the training. It is now already more than two years later and I haven’t had to skip a session because of the flu or bronchitis. Because I stay healthy longer, I can train more and I’m getting better. ”

Thanks to his improved health, Pieter-Jan will arrive with determination to Rio, where the 23-year-old man from Antwerp hopes to reach the final on the 1500 meter. “Last year I was already close to the final in Beijing. A final at the Olympics is possible, although the 1500m is an unpredictable race. Everything is possible.”

Read full article in Flemish here.

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ANSA NEWS: Rio: Palm oil is important for the diet of Belgian athlete Hannes. It’s a natural fat recommended by my nutritionist

ROME (ANSA) – Palm oil is part of the diet of sportsman Pieter-Jan Hannes who is preparing for the upcoming Olympics. The Belgian athlete, 23 years, specialized in in middle-distance, primarily the 1500 meters, won a gold medal at the U23 European Championships and qualified for the Rio Games. ”An important part of my diet is palm oil”, explains Hannes who points out that in addition to being an athlete, he was also a chemistry student at the Belgian University of Leuven, and so he is aware of how the science of nutrition is extremely important for all different types of sport and physical activity.

After cutting out beers, chips, chocolate and waffles, which are all typical Belgian foods, the athlete has been following a balanced diet for a long time. ”Palm oil is a natural fat recommended by my nutritionist that proved to be the ideal solution for my diet”, says the sportsman, in stressing that “instead of combining all the nutrients in one meal, now I can separate proteins and carbohydrates depending on what I need in that moment”. In practice the balance of saturated and unsaturated fats in palm oil is perfect to give the right energy during my workouts.

The typical meal of Hannes includes meat cooked generally with palm oil in combination with vegetables and then potatoes, rice or pasta. A healthy diet should contain everything a human body really needs, avoiding what is not necessary. ” I eat carbohydrates and sugar – concludes the sportsman – only when I do long workouts, otherwise it would be just a waste of energy for my body and for my stomach to digest them ”.

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Palm Oil Tax: Is France Trying to Undermine its Athletes? Fortunately for Me, I Live in Belgium!

The French Parliament is currently debating a proposal to increase the tax on palm oil. This proposal has been motivated on several grounds, including a ‘supposed’ harmful impact on health. Scientific evidence, and daily consumption of this ingredient, simply make me think that this tax is a not a good idea and should not be adopted.

During my years at University, I have been taught to separate facts from fiction. Especially about the food that you eat that is going to make you run faster or live healthier.

I am not a health expert, nor a doctor. I am an athlete who discovered palm oil a few years ago when my nutritionist suggested that I use it for cooking. From that moment, I found not only a perfect oil to prepare my dishes with, but a great support for my training regime and my healthy lifestyle. Let me explain why.

Oils and fats are a key component of our diet. We all need them, not just athletes. Palm oil is a source of fat like butter, but is also a rich source of carotenoids and vitamins, especially vitamin A and E. These are really important vitamins, that are also contained in carrots, and tomatoes. But even in bigger amounts than in those vegetables. Palm oil is a perfect ingredient for when I want to cook a healthy meal before my training sessions or competitions.

Thanks to my studies in Chemistry, I was able to understand the chemical properties of palm oil and how to best integrate it to my diet. It really helps to understand the beneficial effects that different ingredients can have – and it means when I read negative claims about some foods (like palm oil) in the media, I know for certain that it is not accurate.

Food is an essential part of an athlete’s performance. Our body doesn’t need for instance much short carbohydrates and sugar, as it is a waste of energy to process them, if we are not doing a long training or competition. It doesn’t need protein and carbs mixed in the same meal either, but it always needs fats. Fats help us to get more energy and recover faster.

I use palm oil to cook all sorts of foods, including meat, fish and vegetables. It has a semi-solid consistency at normal temperature, which makes it a perfect ingredient to fry because it doesn’t burn at high-temperatures, unlike other vegetable oils.

I am extremely surprised that France is pursuing this new tax: although I read recently that there are some French politicians who have realized that the tax is not a good idea. Frankly speaking, palm oil and fats in general have been widely misunderstood here in Europe. Each oil can have a place in our diet. People use olive oil because it has a nice taste. I use palm oil because it helps me to run faster and compete against world-class athletes. Taxing palm oil more doesn’t make any sense. It’s for the best for French athletes, and everyone else, if France just drops this idea altogether. It doesn’t make sense to discriminate against one specific oil, and especially palm oil… luckily I don’t live in France otherwise I would become poor! Of course, it could also disadvantage French athletes ahead of the Olympics if their important fat intake becomes more expensive. Lucky for me, all round, that I live in Belgium!

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Un athlète belge partage le secret de son succès : l’huile de palme dans son régime alimentaire

Pieter-Jan Hannes est un athlète spécialisé dans le 1500 mètres, dont il est le vainqueur du Championnat d’Europe des moins de 23 ans. Il est qualifié pour les prochains Jeux Olympiques de Rio, à plusieurs milliers de kilomètres de la Malaisie. Cependant, le secret de son succès consiste en un produit cultivé en Malaisie.

Selon Pieter-Jan Hannes, l’huile de palme est un élément essentiel de son régime alimentaire qui lui confère un avantage sur la piste.

« L’huile de palme est une matière grasse naturelle, ce qui en fait un excellent produit, mais trop peu connu en Belgique. Elle m’a été recommandée par mon nutritionniste, et s’est avérée être la solution parfaite pour mon régime alimentaire »

Hannes, qui étudie la chimie à l’Université de Louvain, en Belgique, explique que l’équilibre entre acides gras saturés et non saturés dans l’huile de palme en font une source d’énergie et de vitamines idéales. Il souligne bien entendu qu’un régime alimentaire équilibré et nutritif, est absolument vital pour son entrainement, alors qu’un régime basé uniquement sur des plats belges est certes bon, mais pas adapté pour les athlètes.

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Belgian Runner Says Palm Oil in Diet is Secret to His Success 

Belgian born long distant runner, Pieter-Jan ‘PJ’ Hannes just won the European under-23 Championship and qualified for next Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, thousands of miles from Malaysia. However, the secret of his success is very much Malaysian grown and produced.

According to Hannes, palm oil makes up a crucial component of his diet, which he believes gives him an added advantage on the running track. “Palm oil is a natural fat, which is a great product, though not very well-known in Belgium. “It was recommended to me by my nutritionist, and turned out to be the perfect solution to optimise my diet,” said Hannes.

Hannes, who studies chemistry at University of Leuven, Belgium explained that the balance of saturated and unsaturated fats in palm oil is a perfect source of energy as well as vitamins. Stressing that a balanced, nutritious diet is absolutely vital to his conditioning and training regime, Hannes said that typical Belgian diet were not exactly athlete friendly.

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Pourquoi j’utilise l’huile de palme lorsque je sers mes amis?

C’est une question qu’on me pose souvent, étant donné que je reçois souvent mes amis pour le dîner, et que je cuisine pour eux (vous pouvez le voir dans une vidéo sur le palmier à huile).

Lorsque nous sommes en train de dîner, ils sont toujours un peu déstabilisé quand ils aperçoivent la poitrine de poulet de couleur légèrement orangée dans leurs assiettes, se demandant probablement ce que c’est! Ils veulent savoir ce qui est responsable de cette couleur. Il s’agit bien entendu de l’huile de palme rouge qui lui donne cette belle couleur. La conversation passe de «wow, je ne savais pas que cela pouvait être effectivement délicieux» à «mais l’huile de palme n’est elle pas mauvaise pour nous et l’environnement?» Ou «j’ai lu qu’elle contenait beaucoup de graisses saturées.”

C’est à ce moment que l’étudiant en chimie/athlète/expert culinaire en moi intervient:

  • Ils sont mieux portants avec des graisses saturées, qu’avec tous ces glucides et sucres qu’ils mangent tout le temps.
  • Ajouté à cela, l’huile de palme est en faite un produit sain. Parce que, par exemple, l’huile vierge extraite des fruits rouge du palmier est une meilleure source de bêta-carotène (vitamine A) et de vitamine E, comme les tocotriénols, que la plupart des légumes. L’huile de palme, par exemple, contient 10 fois plus de bêta-carotènes que les carottes, et 30 fois plus que les tomates.
  • Pour les rassurer qu’ils ne doivent pas se sentir coupable de manger ce repas, nous pouvons garantir qu’aucuns animaux n’ont été blessés (à part le poulet qu’ils ont mangé, évidemment). Nous cuisinons toujours avec l’huile de palme de marques qui garantissent la durabilité. La Malaisie, par exemple, a même créé sa propre norme de durabilité à l’échelle nationale pour donner une assurance sur les produits.
  • En ce qui concerne l’environnement, je pense que la meilleure façon de garder un bon équilibre entre la nature et l’humanité est d’enseigner aux consommateurs ce qui est juste. Et qu’il existe des méthodes de production durables pour aider l’environnement d’un côté et de l’autre côté améliorer la vie des petits agriculteurs (comme en Malaisie, mais aussi en Afrique par exemple). Il y a des millions de petits agriculteurs qui produisent de l’huile de palme dans le monde.
  • Plutôt que de ne pas manger/utiliser des produits contenant de l’huile de palme, il est préférable de soutenir ces agriculteurs, et de connaitre la réalité à propos de l’huile de palme durable. Ce serait la même discussion avec tout autre produit alimentaire, après tout. Mais je suis heureux et confortable d’être en mesure d’acheter des produits naturels au super marché (ou comme mon huile de palme dans un magasin bio) en échange d’un peu plus d’équilibre entre la nature et l’humanité.

Et maintenant que la plupart de mes amis ont eu plus qu’assez de cette conversation sérieuse pour la soirée, nous continuons à profiter de notre fantastique dîner. Préparé avec de l’huile de palme, bien sûr.