Foods that get bashed too much
- Sugar – this gets blamed for just about everything, but trust me people are fat for a whole lot more reasons than eating lots of sugar. Within a balanced diet, sugar can fit it in just fine and may even have a few benefits, especially after a hard lifting workout. Sugar can decrease stress and fill liver glycogen which helps with hormones that help you build muscle and burn fat. Moderation is needed, but too much and too little is not good.
- Gluten – Gluten is a protein in wheat products and shows up in a lot of low carb tortillas that use a ton of gluten to lower the carb intake. Gluten has been blamed for joint stress, fatigue, intestinal problems, gut health and many others I haven’t listed. That being said unless you eat a really high wheat and refined food diet, then you probably don’t need to worry about it. People blame it for everything (much like sugar) but its only part of the problem. A little bit of gluten in your diet (there may even be trace amounts in oatmeal) is not going to hurt you. Unless you have CELIAC disease in which case gluten is really bad and should be avoided.
- Salt – almost made a whole page just for salt, but salt isn’t bad for you at all. As a matter of fact restricting salt has many negative consequences where too much doesn’t have nearly as many problems. Aldosterone regulates salt intake in the body on a normal basis. This means if you used to eating 1500 mg a day (not very much) the second you eat some salty food (chinese or pizza) then you’ll bloat like a whale. (Trust me I have history of restricting just about everything and this would happen to me) On the other hand if you eat around 4500 mg a day, which is actually recommended for thyroid enhancement, then you can eat plenty of salty foods without all the bloating and water retention that comes with too low of a salt intake. This is due to aldosterone making 4500mg the normal amount. My advice with salt is too just not worry about it. Usually most foods have some type of salt in them, so this basically naturally regulates itself. Don’t restrict it don’t overdose on it and you have nothing to worry about. A few quick notes about salt it usually gets blamed for high blood pressure, but recent research shows that this isn’t true. Also, if you have bouts of light headedness, dizzy spells, feel weak, or have adrenal fatigue, then you may want to grab some salt, because it will alleviate your symptoms real quick. Bottom line – eat some salt.