The Best Foods for Energy

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By: , – Betsy Stephens, Woman's Day
5/6/2013 6:00 AM   :  3 comments   :  14,546 Views

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Want to know what's really zapping your zip? Don't blame your bed—or the lack of time you spend sleeping in it. The real problem may be sitting on your plate. Find out the surprising reasons behind your energy crisis and take steps to fill your tank.

Energy Buster: Sugar Substitutes

Since you can't digest them, low-calorie sugar alcohols—including mannitol, sorbitol and xylitol—can cause stomach distress like bloating and gas, which are major energy drainers. 

Energy Boosters:

Limit sugar-free gum. Not only does it often contain a sugar alcohol, but the act of chewing gum can cause you to swallow air—another cause of gas and bloating.
Add healthy fat. Avocados, nuts, olive oil and other healthy fats help keep your digestive system running smoothly, making bloating less likely.

Energy Buster: Processed Foods

That chocolate chip muffin or bag of chips will give you an express delivery jolt, but processed foods run through your system quickly, which means your energy spikes, then slumps fast.

Energy Boosters:

Less is more. Eat whole foods as often as possible (fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, legumes, whole grains)—and opt for the least processed versions of packaged foods, which have the shortest ingredients list. When it comes to pasta and bread, make sure the first ingredient is whole-wheat or unbleached flour. Foods that are closest to their natural state give you a much steadier, longer-lasting stream of energy.
Never eat sugar alone. Save the occasional candy bar, licorice or other sweet treat for after a meal that contains protein and fat, which will slow your body's absorption of sugar and prevent sharp ups and downs.


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Comments

  • DELLMEL
    3
    Thanks for the article. Sometimes I was walking abd chewing sugar free gum. But also thanks for the tips on what to eat. - 11/11/2013   7:44:26 PM
  • 2
    I never thought of sugar substitutes as an energy buster. I always thought of them as a calorie saver. It does make sense though. I have been trying to quit using so much of them anyway. This is just another reason to do so. - 5/7/2013   12:27:52 AM
  • RACEWELLWON
    1
    Like this article . I was never aware of the information provided in regards to the Chocolate Bar - Thanks - 5/6/2013   11:38:22 AM

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