April 13, 2011

The Dangers of Energy Drinks. Real Food vs Chemical Soup

Posted in Diet, Health, Healthy Eating, Healthy Habits, Nutrition at 10:44 AM by lanaholt

The Dangers of Energy Drinks. Real Food vs Chemical Soup from lanaholt on Vimeo.

Most energy drinks get their power from plain old sugar and caffeine. High doses of simple sugars equals a lot of added calories. A 16-ounce Red Bull Energy Drink has 220 calories and a Rockstar Energy Drink has 420! That’s crazy! You could have had a balanced meal with more nutrients. Energy drinks lack the balance of fiber, fat and protein which will give you sustained energy. Instead you get a rush of simple sugars, which ends up in a crash later. The energy drinks with high sugar content are just a lot of empty calories and can lead to weight gain. If you opt for the sugar-free versions, you will be loading yourself up with a lot of caffeine. More isn’t always better with caffeine. Many people experience insomnia, nervousness, headaches and nausea with high amounts of caffeine. In addition, people seem to build up a tolerance to caffeine, requiring more and more to find that energy buzz.

Bottom line, it matters what we fuel our bodies with. Do we really want to amp ourselves up with simple, refined sugars, loads of caffeine, carbonation, and chemicals? Or would a well rounded snack or meal be a better choice like yogurt with fruit, apples with peanut butter, cheese and crackers, lean chicken on whole grain bread. Break the energy drink cycle and enjoy real foods for real energy.

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