Red Bull Energy Drinks: More Good Effects Or Side Effects?

Red Bull Energy Drinks: More Good Effects Or Side Effects?

With the popularity that Red Bull energy drinks come the speculations about the side effects that it may have on those who are taking them.

From the time that Red Bull first came out in the market, it became an instant hit among those who have tried and tested its effects on the body. It is no wonder why this energy drink has become a household name in no time at all.

But along with its popularity came the speculations about its side effects. The idea is that if something is that good, then there must be something in the ingredient that can bring the opposite reaction. This may be one of the thoughts that the not-so-convinced consumers have in mind.

One of the side effects that is being pointed out in Red Bull energy drinks is its caffeine content. There are those who believe that there are high amounts of caffeine being contained in a single bottle of this energy drink.

What people do not know about is that the amount of caffeine present in Red Bull energy drinks is the same as the amount that is in one cup of coffee that people normally like to take.

Caffeine in every other beverage is really not good for health. Every health expert knows that high consumption of caffeine can bring about high blood pressure, alleviate heart disease risk and even diabetes.

That is if you are one of those who are addicted or are used to taking any beverage high on caffeine more than the normal number of times.

But caffeine is also known for the benefits that it can bring to the body. Caffeine has the tendency to perk you up in times of weariness. It increases the heart rate to give you that energy boost when you feel tired and drained already. These benefits are what the makers of Red Bull energy drink are focusing on.

This just shows that caffeine in Red Bull energy drinks, in other energy drinks and other types of beverage is one issue that can be subjected to debates based on those who have seen more of its positive or negative effects.

For those who are used to drinking Red Bull energy drinks, the only side effects that they have seen so far is the increased nervousness and anxiety. This is especially experienced by those whose body has gotten used to taking regular amounts of this energy drink.

It can be pointed out that this reaction is not only seen by those who are taking Red Bull energy drinks. Almost all people who are dependent on any kind of energy drink have been found to be experiencing the same things.

This is normal and to be expected from energy drinks. For that matter, any beverage that has caffeine content.

That is why it is important that you should know firsthand what your body can tolerate and what it cannot. Before taking on energy drinks, make sure that you are aware of the ingredients that are present in every can or bottle.

If you already have health problems, you first have to ask your doctor if it fine for you to take energy drinks. Experts’ advice are still the best advice of all.

Try drinking Red Bull energy drinks and see how your body reacts to its effect. If you feel any side effects after some time, you can always choose to stop drinking Red Bull energy drinks and get another. The choice is up to you.

The difference between carbs and calories

According to the energy balance equation, your body gains energy when you intake more energy through your diet than you expend through physical activity. That’s why the main point of most diets is to limit your energy intake through counting carbs or calories.

The difference between carbs and calories

It seems like a few years ago all of the diets were about counting calories and now they’re all about limiting carbohydrates. But you should you limit carbs or calories? And, if they’re both units of energy what’s the difference? This article will discuss the difference between carbs and calories, how they impact your diet, and how or why you should watch them.

Calories Are Energy, Right? Yes.

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To set the record straight, carbs and calories are not both units of energy. We’ll start with calories and talk about carbohydrates in a little bit.

Calories are the units of energy, not carbs. A single calorie is the amount of energy that it takes to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius.

This is a very small amount of energy, so when you read the nutrition label on your food, what they call “Calories” (with an upper-case C) is actually the number of kilocalories (that is, one thousand lower-case c calories). That doesn’t mean that the food companies are trying to lie to you and get you to eat more calories.

They do it because it would be tedious and useless to try to count actual lower-case c calories. Don’t worry about keeping track of whether we’re talking about calories or kilocalories in this article though.

Because we’re talking about calories as a unit of energy, it doesn’t really matter which scale we’re talking about, as long as you understand what calories are and why they’re important.

Carbs Are Energy, Right? No.

the difference between carbs and calories

As mentioned above, the carbohydrate is not a unit of energy like the calorie is. The carbohydrate is a class of nutrient, along with proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water.

Carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are all called “energy-yielding nutrients” because the body can break them all down to release calories.

Of the energy-yielding nutrients, proteins and carbohydrates both release one 4 calories per gram, while fat releases nine calories per gram.

So Why Are Carbs So Special?

You might be wondering if fat contains more than twice the calories per gram, why do all of these diets have us watching carbs? And that’s a good question.

The first reason is that the average person has much more carbohydrates than fat in their diet. We tend to think of carbohydrates as coming from grains, like pasta and bread. These are sources of carbohydrates, but carbohydrates also come from sugars.

Grains are a source of complex carbs, which your body breaks down over time. Sugars are a source of simple carbs that your body doesn’t have to break down.

Sugars are naturally occurring in sources like fruits, but they’re also added to just about everything. If you put a store-bought sauce on your pasta, you’re putting carbs on carbs.

If you put jam or jelly on your bread, you’re putting carbs on carbs. And don’t even get us started on sources like soda and junk food.

When you eat whole grains, you’re not just getting carbs. You’re getting fiber, vitamins, and minerals. All of these nutrients can also be found in other foods that don’t have as many calories, like vegetables, which often have no carbs at all.

Fat, on the other hand is far scarcer in our diet and its benefits cannot be found elsewhere. We usually don’t think of fat as being good for us, but it’s in every cell of our bodies, and is very important to the nervous system.

While some fats are better than others and you should be careful about how much you get of each kind, carbs are simply more expendable in our diets.

Hopefully, this article has helped you to understand the difference between carbs and calories, as well as why most diets these days have you counting carbs.

Remember, however, that a balanced diet and plenty of exercises is better for you than a diet that tries to eliminate fats or carbs or calories and promises a quick solution.

 

Eat Like a Poor Person

Eat Like a Poor Person

Today I was reading in a weight loss forum then I saw a post that was titled ”Eat Like a Poor Person”.This post called my attention because in recent weeks I was thinking a lot about how I used to eat back home in Tanzania.

You know, I was born and raised in a not very financially rich family in the southern highlands of the united republic of Tanzania.

I remember living there and most of the families used to eat natural vegetable and the condiments they used most of the time was some kind of juice made from peanuts. We ate beans, wild greens, corns, seeds, fruits etc.

Most of the families I know they rarely ate meats or fish ( the did it on special occasions and holidays), and they used to move a lot on foot.

Looking back at that life, although most people had tough life financially there were healthy and happy, in that part of the country was very difficult to find a fat person.

Although I don’t wish anyone to be poor financially, I really think eating like a poor people could be one of the solutions to combat this obesity pandemic.

Ok going back to the original post, here is it:

Running coach Joe Vigil says,  “Eat like a poor person and you’ll only see your doctor  on the golf course.” There’s a lot of wisdom in that.

The diet of poor people in Western countries probably isn’t the best example of this however So let’s look at the diet of the Tarahumara tribe in Mexico, which is famous for their long distance runners: Pinto beans, squash, chili peppers, wild greens, pinole (corn) and lots of chia seeds.

They also drink lots and lots of corn beer the evening before a race. So eating like a poor person doesn’t necessarily mean eating hardly no calories.

In fact, if you follow this weight loss Program, there are days you will not eat like a poor person at all.

Click here to read the original post in the forum.

What Is Nooch and Why Is It A Hot Food Trend In 2018?

For those of you not already in the know, Nooch is not a new product, just one that has been recently renamed and promoted.

It is a form of nutritional yeast grown on molasses and then deactivated through the heated drying process. Following this, it is then made into flakes or a powder and has been available in health food stores for years.

What Is Nooch and Why Is It A Hot Food Trend In 2018?

Nooch is also available in increasing amounts of more ‘mainstream’ shops such as supermarkets. It is possible to purchase it in reasonably large quantities for a relatively low price. This means it is accessible to anyone who wishes try it.

Nooch, or nutritional yeast to give it the technical name, has long been a staple of alternative vegan and vegetarian diets. However, it has recently begun to appear on restaurant menus across the country.

You may be saying to yourself “that’s all very well, but what’s the point? There are several reasons why you should decide to try Nooch, not only is it essential in vegan diets, in particular, it also has numerous health benefits.

If you have already, foregone animal products you are probably aware of the powers of this powder. For the many that are still meat or dairy consumers, there are many benefits to giving this on-trend food a try.

Firstly, the taste. It has a nutty, cheesy flavor, similar to parmesan, with an umami flavor profile. Secondly, unlike the Italian hard cheese, Nooch is low in sodium, low in fat, and is obviously a great alternative for lactose intolerant individuals. It is also a complete protein, meaning it has all the amino acids required for the body to function.

Finally, Nooch is also an excellent source of B vitamins, important for maintaining your metabolism. Although this sounds too good to be true, it is healthy and has a unique taste. However, some people find it takes a while to get used to the nutty and cheesy taste.

If this is so good, why has it been kept such a secret?  For one, the look of it could put people off. There may be a resemblance to fish food if viewed in flaked form!  Even the powder version does not look like the most appetizing of foods.

Furthermore, although Nooch has been around for years, recent trends in non-dairy diets have seen a resurgence in use, partly helped by the rebranding of the product (Nooch being the slang term for it). Non-traditional diets, such as veganism, dairy free or avoiding other food groups have become increasingly ‘popular’ in recent years.

Many people now follow a different diet, as they believe the health benefits justify it. With the increasing use of Nooch in restaurants and a snappy, new(ish) name, Nooch is likely to be the hottest food around in 2016.

Here are some suggestions if you want to try it yourself:

  • Try using it as a topping for popcorn. The cheesy, salty flavor makes it an ideal savory treat.
  • For those of you that still eat eggs, try sprinkling some on scrambled eggs, serving on sourdough toast.
  • Use a non-dairy milk, corn flour, and Nooch blend, for a vegan-friendly cheese sauce.
  • A vegan pesto can be created using extra virgin olive oil, pine nuts, garlic, and basil, blended with some Nooch.
  • Basically, any foods where parmesan could be used would be ideal for Nooch. For example, pasta or risotto dishes.

With all this in mind, if you are using Nooch for the first time, remember it is deactivated; you cannot use it for baking bread!

Non-Dairy Sources Of Calcium

We all know that calcium is essential for our growth and our bones in particular. We are taught from a very young age that we must make sure we get enough calcium each day or we will have many health problems both as we grow up, and when we are an adult.

Most people know calcium is important for our bones, but calcium is also important for regulating our blood pressure and preventing the development of diseases such as diabetes.

As we all know, milk and other dairy products are the main sources of calcium in most people’s diets; in fact, many schools have often given out free milk cartons to young children to ensure they receive enough calcium.

However, what if you don’t drink milk or consume other dairy products?  How are you going to get your daily requirement of calcium? 

Fortunately, there are numerous other places you can find sufficient amounts of calcium. The foods below are all non-dairy sources of calcium, even though they might not seem like they should be.

Broccoli

Broccoli has many essential vitamins and minerals and is a key part of any healthy diet. Not only does broccoli contain a high proportion of vitamin C, but it also contains a good amount of calcium. Furthermore, research has shown that broccoli can help to prevent certain types of cancer.

White beans

White beans are a surprising source of calcium that everyone should be incorporating into their diets. White beans contain both calcium and iron in high qualities; both of which are essential for a healthy body. White beans can be used in many different ways, such as dips or a pasta dish.

Salmon

Salmon and other oily fish are exceptionally healthy and should be a key element of many people’s diet. The only slight issue with this is particularly with salmon, it is the bones that contain all the calcium.

One solution to this is to buy canned salmon and mash it up into another dish. Luckily, the bones are quite soft and will become unnoticeable when mashed up into something, for example, fish cakes.

Bok Choy

This Chinese leafy green is present in many dishes and is high in vitamins A, C, and calcium. As it is a leafy green, it can be used in many different dishes relatively easily.

Kale

Kale is considered one of the main ‘superfoods’ because of the many benefits it brings. It is very flexible and can be made into chips, smoothies or used in dishes such as pasta or curry.

Almonds

Almonds are an excellent choice in many diets because they are exceptionally healthy. Almonds are the most nutritionally dense nut. Per calorie and ounce, they are one of the best nuts you can eat in terms of packing in all the vitamins and minerals, including calcium that you need.

Other foods that are non-dairy sources of calcium

There are numerous other foods that may not contain calcium naturally but have it added to them. They can be a key way in making sure you get enough vitamins and minerals, including calcium.

However, it has been argued that it is better to obtain calcium through natural means so do not rely on these foods as your only source of calcium.

Many of the milk alternatives available in the supermarkets now are fortified with added calcium to ensure we are reaching our daily requirement.

Milk is such a staple item in so many people’s diets, and increasingly, this includes milk alternatives.

Most of these alternatives now have calcium added to them, but not all. Only by checking the ingredients can you be sure they contain added calcium.