Food Fact vs Food Fiction

With so much contradictory information about food it's almost impossible to make smart choices - that's why we've come to the rescue

Posted: 3 May 2011
by Joel Weber with Mike Zimmerman

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What's better for keeping me awake: a cup of coffee or an energy drink?

Coffee. The caffeine in one cup of black coffee should guarantee you about five hours (give or take) of alertness. More importantly, coffee is packed with antioxidants, and studies have shown it enhances short-term memory and may help protect against dementia and cancer.

The jolt you feel from an energy drink comes mostly from sugar (unless it's also laced with caffeine), which, aside from adding calories, sets you up for an inevitable crash. For the same reason try not to dump sugar into your coffee.

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