Forget about Gluten a bit! Let’s seek for other vital nutrients

In the context of food, the “Free” label is currently widespread and asked by a majority of people in the convenience stores and supermarkets. However, it might not provide all nutrients you need for your daily tasks or workout sessions.

“It’s Gluten-free! It must be good”

Have you heard it before or even thought about it? Much probably. Day-by-day such assumptions have been common. But does it suits you? Products with those labels are usually associated with losing weight or avoid diseases.

The intention here is not to scientifically diagnose whether this wheat’s protein is harmful or not to our body. Actually, not only the Gluten itself, but also other substances like lactose has been discussed recently.

All those components can cause discomfort or even be extremely poisonous if the person has any intolerance or related disease. They must go gluten-free or lactose-free according to medical prescriptions.

Excepting for the previous cases, it’d be better though, if the nutrient characteristics was the main concern when selecting. If so, what should I primarily observe when looking to the food’s nutrients?

  1. Fat percentage: surely the fat content matters and too much ought to be avoided, but checked if it is a good fat?Yes, in fact, they exist and gives you a tremendous benefit even to lose weight. Coconut oil, for instance, has extensively been researched and recommended for this purpose. Other sources of good fat comes from avocados, nuts, extra virgin olive oil, fatty fish and chia seeds.
  2. Whole Foods: the goal is to search for unprocessed and unrefined foods that are as close to their natural form as possible. Whole bread and rice are typical examples.
  3. Sugar: most of the time they are refined. To do this process it’s necessary to add chemical elements in order to result in its white color. Such substances definitely should not be in your body. Try out options healthier like honey and stevia.
  4. Salt: similar to the sugar’s refining process, salt should not be processed in order to avoid unnecessary chemical additives intake. Healthier options are the the sea and Himalayan salts.
  5. Fibers: it’s strongly advisable to check the amount of fibers in food. It tremendously helps you to maintain your intestines healthier and avoid a couple of diseases due to its malfunction. You’ll definitely improve your health with it. Don’t forget to drink water also.

I’d recommend a lot more of nutrients. Gracefully, the mother nature is packed with hundreds of them, but I narrowed on those more common in a daily basis. It’ll be a pleasure to write about others in the following articles.

Once you get used to grasp such information right before picking it your health will have a quantum leap in quality. Oftentimes those itens will not be promptly presented on labels but make sure to look for them. Researching is certainly worthwhile.

Do you agree with this recent concern dealing with the -Free labels? Come on, let’s get into this important topic! I’d appreciate your comments.

Guilherme Henrique Macedo is a Health and Fitness Enthusiast. You can get in touch with me on LinkedIn or my blog