9 Foods That Are Draining Your Energy

9 Foods That Are Draining Your Energy

1. Bread

Bread is packed with refined carbohydrates, which quickly break down to sugar and increase your insulin levels, which leads to chronic diseases, including cancer and heart disease.

2. Coffee Drinks

Coffee drinks are loaded with syrups and sugar, while the "skinny" versions will contain artificial sweeteners. Stick to black coffee or a simple espresso.

3. Conventional Cereal

Most cereal is a combination of high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, and refined grains. Try some fruit and oatmeal instead.

4. Soda (Diet or Regular)

Most sodas contain soooo much sugar, or even worse, artificial sweeteners. Plus, each sip you take has:

  • Phosphoric acid, which can interfere with your body's ability to use calcium, leading to osteoporosis or softening of your teeth and bones.
  • Benzene. While the federal limit for benzene in drinking water is 5 parts per billion (ppb), researchers have found benzene levels as high as 79 ppb in some soft drinks, and of 100 brands tested, most had at least some detectable level of benzene present. Benzene is a known carcinogen.
  • Sodium benzoate, a common preservative found in many soft drinks, which can cause DNA damage. This could eventually lead to diseases such as cirrhosis of the liver and Parkinson's.

5. Subs

They’re heavy on bread and typically contain processed-meat lunch meat that may contain sodium nitrite and other additives like MSG, preservatives, artificial flavors, or artificial colors.

6. Fruit juices

Some juice contains high-fructose corn syrup, added sugar, and artificial flavors and colors. But even natural brands contain far too much fructose without any of the fiber, antioxidants, and health-promoting phytochemicals found in whole fruit.

7. Muffins

Most muffins are high in sugar and refined carbs and low in nutrition. This is true even if they're "low-fat" or contain healthy-sounding elements like bran or carrots. Eating a muffin is no different than eating a bagel or plate of pancakes, and will kill your energy levels sooner than later.

8. Chips

Potato chips are nothing more than refined carbs and unhealthy fats, tossed with too much processed sodium. Plus, when carbohydrate-rich foods like potatoes are cooked at high temperatures, as all potato chips are, acrylamide -- a tasteless, invisible chemical byproduct -- is formed. The International Agency for Research on Cancer considers acrylamide a probable human carcinogen.

9. Fruit Smoothies

While it's possible to make a healthful fruit smoothie at home, provided you go easy on the fruit and add in healthful additions like spinach and coconut oil, store-bought smoothies are virtually always packed with sugar and are low on nutrients.