Nutrition Tip August 21 2010


Reading Labels

Within the “Total Carbohydrate” section of a nutrition label, you’ll find Total Carbohydrates, Dietary Fiber (sometimes further defined as soluble & insoluble), and Sugars. Pay attention to the total fiber per serving (no need to log soluble vs. insoluble) – your goal is 30+ per day. Of note, when you subtract the total fiber and sugar from the Total Carbohydrates, the difference is the grams of starch.

You can choose between whole grain products and ones with refined grains by looking at the ingredients list. Usually, whole grains will be list as whole, such as “Whole Wheat Flour.” Many times, refined grains will be listed as “Enriched Flour” or “Unbleached Flour.”

Don’t get caught up in the “Grams of Whole Grains” on some packages, you are counting Fiber Grams, NOT Whole Grain Grams.

c/o Kelli Jennings

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Sugar Alternatives for Energy and Hydration

Question: I am using the homebrew sugar formulations (sometimes added to green tea).  I am also trying to wean myself off 1/2 dose adrenalean “lip tonic delivery system” (biorhythm brand- caffeine, hoodia g, synephrine, yohimbe) capsule for energy.

My question is other than juice, can you suggest modifications in lieu of table sugar for energy and hydration.


Both raw/organic honey or agave can work great in the homebrew (substitute in the same quantities for the sugar, or to taste), but you do have to shake well in order to make sure they don’t settle out.  Have you tried either of these?  Also, make sure to use at least the minimum amount of salt recommended in the homebrew as the temps rise, you need the sodium replacement if you’re sweating.

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