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How does sugar affect my energy level?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Simple sugars, such as those found in candy bars, soft drinks, and white breads are a recipe for an energy crash. Your body can burn them faster, so you’ll get an initial energy boost, but then crash as soon as the effects wear off. The effects of sugar usually only last about 30 minutes to an hour, which isn’t enough to get you through the day.

A sugar-filled diet gives you about a birthday candle's worth of energy, while a healthy diet is more like an eternal flame. Work on limiting simple sugars (they end in -ose, such as glucose, sucrose, maltose and dextrose -- ribose is OK), syrups and any grain that's not 100% whole. Ribose is the exception because it's a special sugar made in your body. It doesn't come from food, but does come in supplement form and can help build the energy factories of your body. It's not for everyone, so talk to your doctor first.

 

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