Most people who work out use some sort of supplement. The most popular ones are protein powder, protein bars and creatine. But are they doing more harm then good? Unfortunately most of the health and fitness industry supports and promotes the use of supplements. Much of this is due to the advertising and sponsorship that they provide.
Eating fresh, organic, real foods is always a much better alternative than supplements. Using supplements to supplement your meals throughout the day may help you lose weight at first, but in the long run, it may cause digestive issues and more serious side effects. Many whey proteins, which claim to be healthy, are denatured and practically ‘non-foods.’ They have been so processed and manipulated that it’s simply more stress on the body to try to find its nutritional content.
What’s more is that most supplements are sweetened with aspartame. Aspartame is a poison to the body. Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA, many of which are very serious – including seizures and death.
If you want to read more about it, follow this link for a great article written by Dr. Mercola on the topic.
Yes, supplements are great when you are in a hurry and don’t have time to eat a sit-down meal. But when choosing to use supplements, your best options are nut bars and bars made with rice or hemp protein, or Living Fuel, which is made with raw organic wholefoods.
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