Energy drinks sound great – a small bottle or “shot” gives you quick energy. Beware- much of this quick energy is likely to be coming from caffeine.
Caffeine at levels of ~200 mg/day can increase alertness, and fight off headaches. However, > 500 mg/day has been associated with anxiety, irritability and even addiction.
Wolk and colleagues in Current Opinions in Pediatrics in 2012 further defined that excessive consumption of caffeine can cause rapid heart beat (tachycardia), vomiting, raise blood pressure and disrupt sleeping pattern. Further it can cause cardiac arrhythmias, seizures and even death. (Wolk BJ, et al Curr Opin Pediatr 2012 Apr;24(2):243-51)
These new “energy drinks” also tend to have other nutrients added such as B-vitamins. One popular energy drink has additional B6 (2000 % of the DRI) and B12 (8333% of the DRI). Excessive amounts of these nutrients have not been evaluated in this context. Additionally, these “shots” have approximately 2 ounces of fluid in the “shot”. Although a specific level of caffeine is often not documented, these may state that they have “caffeine equivalent to ~ 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups of coffee”. This ranges from 160-240 mg of caffeine per shot.
- 16 ounces of Starbucks brewed coffee has 320 mg of caffeine where Einstein Bros regular coffee has 300 mg of caffeine and Dunkin’ Donuts regular coffee 206 mg/ 16 ounces. That’s 16 ounces – not 2 ounces 10 ounces of an energy drink.
- Coffee is usually consumed slowly since it is a hot beverage. Different from the energy drinks…
So – limit consumption to one per day. Remember if you drink coffee too, you are increasing your daily intake of caffeine significantly.
Bottom line – Tired, run down, listless? Need an energy shot – Choose an alternate:
- How about a 5 minute walk around the block – Sometimes you just need to move!!
- Try an 8 ounce glass of cool water
- Enjoy a glass of iced or hot green tea – lower in caffeine
- Plan to get adequate sleep!
- If you have a cup of coffee – have a “tall” or small and spread it out during the day!
Need more info or want to improve your overall nutrition? Call us at PNT – we can help! 972-238-1811
English: A photo of a cup of coffee. Esperanto: Taso de kafo. Français : Photo d’une tasse de caffé Español: Taza de café (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Gastroesophageal reflux and/or heartburn are common and treated with drug therapies, both prescription and OTC. Also, there are the food items that are recommended to be avoided. What if you could know exactly what foods you are sensitive to and then limit or avoid those in particular? What if you could relieve the reflux symptoms -and not require your meds?
Jan Patenaude, RD, CLT director of medical nutrition at Oxford Biomedical Technologies, Inc suggests trying diet first with GERD and NERD. Through MRT testing, you can determine which foods you are sensitive to and that cause inflammation whcih allows you to make a personalized and specific change. Read more about GERD and treatments in this article out today – click here
To read about how Food Sensitivity testing on our website and how you can change your diet click here.
One of my favorite reference sites for food and nutrition is from Alice Henneman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County. They’ve been updating their Thanksgiving Resources (recipes, food safety information [some in Spanish] and more)!
Check if you can answer this Thanksgiving Question correctly, and then click on the “Visit our Thanksgiving Webpage” link to check all the free resource links they have for us!
Question at: http://food.unl.edu/
Don’t ask me – I missed it! Call us at PNT with your nutrition questions – our excellent team is here for you! 972-238-1811
Want to cook a flavorful and moist Thanksgiving turkey? Make sure to use a food thermometer! It will ensure safety and taste.
As a dietitian, I often recommend gluten-free and wheat-free diets as part of nutrition therapy. Many of the gluten-free pastas are good and fruits, vegetables and meats, fish & poultry are gluten and wheat free – but what do people miss – Bread! A baguette, pita bread or even a hamburger bun.
A new find is Local Oven. This bakery was started by Linda Fitzerman who couldn’t find a tasty gluten-free bread and through trial and error, she has nailed it! These products are yummy and no one can tell they are gluten-free – just delicious!
Local Oven products are rapidly gaining popularity and are now available in over 300 restaurants, hotels, hospitals, schools and sports venues in Texas and surrounding states. A person following a gluten-free or wheat-free diet can now have a hamburger with a real bun!! And now ALL Central Market locations in Texas sell their products!
When you need a gluten-free or wheat -free diet – see Professional Nutrition Therapists 972-238-1811
For a great source of gluten-free products, check out Local Oven
Located at: 2650 Midway Road, Suite 114 Carrollton, TX 75006