¿Puedo confiar en la etiqueta de los alimentos?

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Aunque es muy importante leer la etiqueta de los alimentos para saber qué ingredientes contienen y cuáles son las cantidades de grasa, azúcar o sodio, por ejemplo (entre otros datos), también , es cierto que la información que proporcionan no siempre es 100% cierta.

Entonces, ¿debo confiar en ellos o no? Veamos lo siguiente.

¿Qué nos dice la etiqueta de los alimentos?

La tabla en la parte posterior del envase contiene datos muy importantes que todos los consumidores deben conocer. Por lo tanto, se recomienda leer la etiqueta de los alimentos aunque no seamos médicos, nutricionistas o científicos.

Estos cuadros incluyen datos pertinentes como la cantidad de grasa, azúcares, sodio, carbohidratos o fibras contenidas en el alimento en cuestión. También nos hablan de los ingredientes que pueden generar algún tipo de alergia (como los productos lácteos o el gluten) y de las calorías que aporta cada porción.

Además, estas etiquetas contienen la fecha de caducidad, la forma de conservación y el tipo de ingredientes utilizados para su preparación. Podemos ver, por ejemplo, si el alimento tiene conservantes, aditivos, aromas, etc.

¿Confío o no en la etiqueta de los alimentos?

No todos los consumidores miran la etiqueta de los alimentos y esa es una de las razones por las que terminamos `comiendo algo’. Así que no somos conscientes de lo que comemos y a menudo engordamos a pesar de que pensamos que estamos a dieta.

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No prestar atención a esta información da a los fabricantes la libertad de engañarnos un poco. O al menos no informar como deberían.

Por ejemplo, si lees en la parte delantera del envase de un producto `con aceite de oliva’, quizás si te das la vuelta y lees la tabla nutricional te darás cuenta de que el porcentaje de este ingrediente es insignificante (menos del 2%).

Otros pueden decir `con aceite vegetal’ o `grasa vegetal’. Sin embargo, no especifican si son aceites de coco o de palma, ricos en ácidos saturados y por lo tanto menos sanos que los aceites de oliva o girasol, también vegetales.

Del mismo modo, un paquete puede indicar que el producto no contiene colorantes ni conservantes… Pero prestando atención a la tabla nutricional, veremos el famoso ‘glutamato monosódico’.

Es un aditivo químico que realza el sabor y ciertamente no es considerado un colorante o conservante, pero no es menos dañino para la salud.

Hay una regla que se puede utilizar cuando hacemos la compra – esto es si, por supuesto, tenemos la intención de comer saludablemente y así evitar ciertas enfermedades. La regla es: Cuantos más ingredientes con nombres extraños, más artificial es la comida. De hecho, esta regla no falla.

Preste atención, porque cuando las etiquetas de los alimentos contienen más de cinco componentes, generalmente incluyen grandes cantidades de sal, azúcar, grasa, conservantes y aditivos artificiales. Sobre todo, preste atención porque los nombres suelen ser imposibles de descifrar, entender o leer. Nada natural!

El azúcar como ingrediente oculto

Hay muchos ingredientes ocultos que desconocemos y que no son revelados, por razones obvias: no son buenos para nuestra salud. Uno de ellos es el azúcar.

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Ser conscientes de lo que estamos consumiendo y buscar tablas nutricionales claras puede ayudarnos a comer mejor. Un proyecto llamado SinAzucar.org revela la cantidad de glucosa contenida en los alimentos que normalmente comemos.

Es muy interesante ver junto al producto una columna de azúcares que indican la cantidad de glucosa incluida en su preparación, ¡incluso en productos salados!

Por ejemplo, un yogur natural con jalea de fresa tiene siete terrones de azúcar. Una rosquilla dulce tiene nueve. Si cada terrón de azúcar pesa unos 2,3 gramos… ¡Imagínate cuánto estás consumiendo sólo con estos productos!

El azúcar está escondido detrás de varios nombres, así que no podemos encontrarlo fácilmente: glucosa, jarabe, dextrosa, almidón de maíz… En resumen, todos ellos son carbohidratos refinados sin muchos nutrientes que pueden llevar a graves problemas de salud.

En resumen, no se trata de dejar de consumir productos industrializados de la noche a la mañana, ni de creer que al comerlos nos enfermamos. El punto es ser más conscientes de la comida que ofrecemos a nuestras familias. Recuerda que, en el mundo del marketing, no todo es lo que parece.

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