Drinks That Should Be avoided
This blog will discuss why to avoid High Sugar and Calorie Energy Drinks. It will also talk about Chocolate Milk and High Fructose Corn Syrup (the devil).
We will also feature how to make your own Healthy Calorie Drink
“The greatest wealth is health”- unknown
“Garbage in, garbage out’” George Fuechsel
Weight gain is a major issue in people with Cystic Fibrosis. I see it all the time when people need to increase their weight they resort to high calorie food and drinks which contain so many bad ingredients for your health. These products are also really hard to digest. High sugar energy drinks, and high calorie shakes contain ingredients that are harmful and will give you digestive problems, which we already have with Cystic Fibrosis.
High Sugar and calorie drinks are something I have not touched for years. During my hospital stays they were offered to me daily and more than one would turn up with my meals or snacks. They are seen to help with weight gain and energy but will have negative effects on your health. When you are in a hospital food needs to be of the highest quality to help your body get better. What you consume should be full of healthy nutrients, minerals, vitamins and amino acids. I wish it was possible to change the whole system on the foods that hospitals provide for your health.
High Sugar Energy drinks will not help your health at all. In fact they are full of many un-healthy chemicals and ingredients that can harm your health. There are many other healthier ways to get energy and healthy calories into your system. I will make my own shakes for snacks around training to get my own healthy chemical free boosts of energy and calories.
A new (unpublished) study presented at the American Heart Association’s 2013 Scientific Sessions found that downing energy drinks raises systolic blood pressure by an average 3.5 points and can cause potentially fatal irregular heartbeats. High amounts of caffeine are contained within many high energy drinks also but a lot more than your usual black coffee.
Caffeine if not taken in large amounts can have positive effects. I am guaranteed to have one coffee every morning but the amount in high energy drinks can be too much. Too much caffeine can cause de-hydration, high blood pressure and heart palpitations. It can also be contained in other ingredients within the drinks. These involve:
Coffee Beans-Caffea sp., green coffee extract, coffee extract
Cocoa-Cacao, Theobroma cacao, chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, cocao nibs, Kola Nut, Cola nitida, Cola Seeds, natural cola flavour
Yerba Mate’-Mate’, Llex Paraguariensis, Guarana Paullinia Cupana
Green Tea-Camellia Sinesis, Thea Sinesis, Camellia, Green Tea Extract, Black Tea, Camellia Sinesis, Thea Sinesis, Camellia, Black Tea Extract
White Tea-Camellia Sinesis, Thea Sinesis, Camellia
Oolong Tea-Camellia Sinesis, Thea Sinesis, Camellia
Guayusa- Llex Guayusa, Yaupon. Yaupon Holly, Cassina, Llex Vomitoria, Dicaffeine Malate, Caffeine combined with malic acid. Caffeine Citrate Caffeine combined with citric acid
So as well as Caffeine they can also contain other ingredients which contain caffeine and legally the drinks company do not have to state the amount of caffeine they contain.
These drinks are not good for your health and can be harmful.
High Calorie drinks such as Chocolate Milk should also be avoided. I always see post’s on social media from Cystic Fibrosis sufferers trying to gain weight consuming Chocolate Milk. Chocolate milk is full of sugar and also added with high fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup is another chemical to be avoided; studies have shown it to be deadly and it is in most high sugar, calorie, and energy drinks.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) which is in most high sugar and calorie drinks has be shown to cause, heart disease, cancer, dementia, liver failure, obesity and many more problems. Why you want to put this into your body? Some companies try to hide the ingredient and call it natural corn syrup. That is their way to try and trick you.
Sugar is sugar and where you get it from is important. Fruit is healthy as it is natural sugar with no added chemicals if organically grown. Some fizzy pop drinks and energy drinks contain over 15 tea spoons of sugar. (HFCS) is not digested the same way as natural sugar. Natural sugar is a 50-50 bond between glucose and fructose where HFCS is 45-55 fructose to glucose. This means the enzymes in your body struggle to break it down so they go straight into the blood stream and put pressure on the liver. Fatty liver affects over 70 million people. HFCS is that dangerous it has put holes in people’s stomach lining. This all because it cannot be digested like natural sugars we get from fruit and vegetables.
Studies have also shown HFCS to contain mercury and other chemicals that are un-tested. Meaning there are products, chemicals and toxins from these drinks going into your body that nobody knows the effects of. HFCS is poison that you should avoid from your body all together. We cannot digest it and it has many negative health effects and no positive ones. It promotes diseases and is full of many harmful ingredients.
I have many smoothie recipes to help add calories into my diet especially around training when I need to get them into my system quickly. Here is one of my own recipes but don’t be afraid to make your own. The rule I give you is simple. Only use natural foods that come from the earth. For example fruit, vegetables, seeds. Struggling to make your own then I recommend Innocent products as they do a wide range of fruit drinks for you to add into your diet.
Then you can just add some essential fats to them such as coconut oil, almond butter etc. After that add in some protein such as spinach, kale, hemp seeds, hemp/kelp powder or some New Zealand Wheat Grass.
One of my favorite recipes especially around a tough training session is:
1 chopped Banana
2 cups of water
1 cup of ice
1 handful of spinach
1 medium chopped carrot
1 cup strawberries and blueberries
1 handful of raisins
1 tablespoon honey
Dash of cinnamon
1 tackespoonl of Almomd Butter
Pink of pink Himalayan sea salt
This tastes delicious and is full of natural sugars and super foods with a lot of calories. There are so many healthy smoothie recipes out there and you can make your own by playing around with your favourite ingredients. If you have any suggestions and recipes leave them in the comments feed for people to see.
Stay away from High Calorie, Sugar Energy Drinks all together
Stay away from High fructose corn syrup
Only eat/drink natural sugars
Make your own calorie drink from natural foods and sugars