New research carried out by the Mayo Clinic Proceeding has shown the dangers of consuming too many energy drinks. Some of us utilise energy drinks when exercising in order to push ourselves that extra mile, or to help us recover from an illness and get back into the swing of the things. This new research has demonstrated just how much of the “bad stuff” there really is in each serving – quite the eye opener.
First of all, the research demonstrated how the average energy drink contained more than 225 grams (1 cup) of sugar per serving alongside packing more caffeine than a strong cup of filter coffee. They found that caffeine levels range between 70 – 200mg in a 16oz serving. Perhaps the boost you need, but simply not good for the body long term.
The study, led by John Higgins of the University of Texas Houston, took energy drink information from 1976 to 2010 for the study. Higgins warned about the impact of combining these high levels of caffeine with other non labelled ingredients including guarana, taurine and other herbs and vitamins. He claimed the intake of these combinations in large doses could have negative effects on heart rates, blood pressure and mental condition. Excessive consumption could also lead to dehydration.
Research that took place in Norway, France and Denmark demonstrated that taurine found in the popular energy drink, Red Bull, caused bizarre behaviour. This later caused the drink to be banned across all three currencies. In the UK, one individual was arrested for driving dangerously after excessive consumption of Red Bull – more information here.
So if you’re looking for an alternative to these shop bought energy drinks to help bring you through that last stretch of your workout, why not try some of the Healthy Hideout’s energy boosting alternatives:
- Almonds – A single serving (around 20 pieces) contains a great alternative source of “quick boost energy” – Convenient too!
- Bran – Full of complex carbohydrates, bran is a fantastic source of magnesium, a mineral burned by our bodies to change complex carbs to energy.
- Peanut butter – Packed with protein and magnesium, a teaspoon of peanut butter can give you that much needed energy boost. Don’t take in too much though, as the fat content is pretty high.
- Trail Mix – Filled to the brim with iron, complex carbohydrates, protein and natural glucose sugars, the combination of dried fruits and nuts make this one a powerful energy provider.
- Orange Juice – Studies have shown that people who drank at least 400mg of vitamin C felt less fatigue long term. That speaks for itself!
The above pointers are just a few ideas for natural energy boosting – Do you recommend any ideas? The Healthy Hideout has been encouraged by this article to do a write up on energy foods. Watch this space!