Processed Foods – Wednesday Wisdom

Hopefully you are enjoying “Monday Convenience” by learning about pre-packaged, gluten-free foods available in our supermarkets. These grocery foods on the shelves and in the freezers are considered processed foods just as those grocery food products containing wheat/gluten. This means that processed foods will contain one or more substances that should be avoided or at least eaten in moderation. Different folks will focus on different aspects of ingredients in processed food such as sodium, sugars, carbohydrates, food coloring, and or the various preservatives. I easily moderate my processed foods by evaluating its salt content. If the sodium content is over 12% per serving, consumption of this product is considered by me to be a “treat” and I will carefully watch that day’s salt intake. I know others who watch their carbohydrates and take similar measures to control their intake of carbs. So while I will continue to present Monday Convenience food products, I do not suggest ingesting many of them together on the same day or having them as a daily part of your gluten free lifestyle. Convenience/processed foods should never fully replace natural healthier non-processed foods such as fruits and veggies. There are just times to have “convenience” foods on hand when you are busy or feeling under the weather.

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