While many people eat food bars and consume energy drinks every day, we are increasingly hearing that they're not as healthy as the manufacturers would have you believe. Some energy drinks have been linked with health problems and, in extreme cases, even death. Avoid overusing energy drinks and food bars and learn everything about what's really in them to keep yourself on the healthy side. Pay close attention to the following tips about energy drinks and food bars.
The main source of energy you get from energy drinks is caffeine. This is, of course, the same stimulant that motivates people all over the world to drink coffee or tea in the morning and throughout the day. What you'll find in these energy drinks is an exacerbated amount of caffeine when compared with a cup of coffee.
While some food bars are little more than glorified candy bars, sweetened with sugar or high fructose corn syrup, you can find some truly healthy energy or food bars on the market. Is there a simple way to tell the difference, yes, read the ingredients and monitor how you feel after eating them. Sugar will give you a burst of energy which will end in a sudden crash. The healthiest food bars have no added sugar, and are made primarily with raw foods such as nuts, seeds and fruits. There are a few energy bars that are completely organic and raw foods based, and these are quite healthy as snacks.
You may have seen energy drinks in your grocery store that claim to be fruit infused water or something similar? They aren't really energy drinks rather they are water with a hint of fruit flavoring. Because these drinks lack the sugar and caffeine of an energy drink they are more healthy for you.
Finally, no matter whether energy drinks and food bars are healthy of hype or outright dangerous really depends on the kind you are consuming and how much of it. Don't be a "RockStar" and think it's OK to consume five energy drinks in one setting if you want to keep your health. You can use the above tips to help guide you, along with a healthy dose of common sense.
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