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What We Should Avoid When We Need Energy

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Ever wonder how those energy drinks and stuff give you energy when they're devoid of calories? Could they be more detrimental to your alertness than helpful?

Wonder no more:

Beware of anything that is marketed as providing energy or has energy in its name – very few deliver quality energy and many set you up for poor energy later - for example, something that promises several hours of energy but doesn’t offer any nutrients. Nutrients (i.e. food) are what give the body energy. (In fact, calories are a measure of energy.) Beware of consuming something that says it offers sustained energy for several hours but only has a few calories!

On the opposite end, we have “energy bars” many of which have lots of calories mostly from carbohydrates and fat, and rarely deliver sufficient quality protein. Remember we want nutrient balance and to be a Qualitarian. If you are getting 45 grams of carbs (that’s 3 servings!) in your bar and only 3 grams of protein (a serving is 7-15 grams) then you aren’t balanced at all. And, watch out for the quick fixes – like a drink that gives you quick energy or several shots of espresso. Those can give you “energy”, but what it is really doing is sending your body flying high only to fall far down in the near future. These highs and lows are less than ideal for overall health.

We had always been skeptical of those 5 Hour Energy shots, because, well, it has always sounded like a bunch of bullshizz. But now we know why!

Thanks, Ashley Koff R.D., for the insight!

Check out her website, here!

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