Donating doesn't burn calories - but it is still one of the best things you can do! Good for you (I've been going since my 18th birthday!)!!!
I always eat the cookie (if you don't they get mad - at least that is what I tell myself), and have a juice box. Other than that, and upping my water the day before AND the day of, I don't do anything different.
Thank you for donating!!! It is a very important thing for those who require the products that the plasma creates. Not only do you benefit from the $$$, it allows life saving products to be produced. It also creates jobs for those like me!! I work at a plasma center here in Pensacola FL., I have never heard that donating blood or plasma helps you lose calories. I will ask the MSA staff today and let you know. As far as the nutrition question, you know that water is the most important aspect along with not donating on an empty stomach. Put something in your stomach that is not heavy/fatty
I probably wouldn't change my nutrition for the day, aside from maybe having juice or something right after donating and a little extra fluid for the day. If it burns calories, that's great! And if not, well no harm done.
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