Dear Valued Client,
Let's be honest. Most sports drinks and energy bars are deplorable. Most are not real foods. We're in the midst of a real food revolution. Let's
The Good, Bad, and Mostly Ugly
Accelerade - contains sucrose, fructose, artificial sweetener, and yellow dye.
Gatorade Products -
Tiger, G2, Edge, Extreme, Energy Drink, Endurance Formula, and even the new Protein Recovery Shakes - contain sucrose, glucose, artificial colors, and
Powerade - contains high fructose corn syrup, brominated vegetable oil (known to depress thyroid function).
Powerbar Endurance - contains dextrose, fructose, and maltodextrin.
Propel, also in the Gatorade family, is just as bad - contains two different kinds of artificial sweeteners (sucralose, acesulfame potassium) and
Vitamin Water - used to be amazing until they added crystalline fructose.
Clif Shot Electrolyte - contains rice syrup solids.
Ultima - maltodextrin, stevia.
Endura - maltodextrin (corn-derived), fructose (fruit-derived); don't like the corn, but has significant amounts of electrolytes, recovery vitamins,
minerals, and amino acids.
Glaceau Smart Water - distilled water with electrolytes.
Whole Foods 365 Electrolyte Water.
Most energy bars are loaded with artificial ingredients, allergens, sugar, and artificial sweeteners. We only listed Bonnie-approved items because
they have been proven to be well tolerated by our clients.
Nutiva Hempseed Bars
Living Fuel Coco Chia Bars
Be aware of food intolerants/allergens even in these items.
While we have analyzed hundreds of energy bars and sports drinks, there are always some that fall through the cracks. If you have a product that
warrants evaluation, please email
us the full ingredient label, and after careful consideration, will update this list in our next newsletter.
UIC Awards Luncheon:
Erin Murphy RD, LDN, was the recipient of the 2008 Bonnie C. Minsky Award. Erin is a 25 year-old first year graduate student with a focus on
children's nutrition education.
Bonnie and husband Gene were honored as members of the Presidents Council.
We now accept Discover.