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Best energy producing food

Updated on August 21, 2013

Why do we need Energy Producing foods?

In order for human beings to function properly, we all need energy everyday. Our fuel is the food we eat, but not all foods are rich sources of energy for us; so we have to learn about what food is rich in high energy for our bodies.

Our body converts big food molecules [Carbohydrates, fat and proteins] into smaller and more simple units (sugar) which supply our body with energy, this conversion process is called : metabolism.

So the more simple the food, the faster energy production and metabolism precess as it becomes less complicated. Carbohydrates are the best fuel or our bodies as it's the most simple to metabolise, specially foods containing the simple sugar units (glucose and other sugars) such as dates and grapes. Energy (heat) produces is measured by calories, Kilo calories and Joules according to your country.

Energy requirements differ from person to person. it depends on age, gender, weight and climate. energy requirments increase in cold climate and decrease with age. Energy requirments are also increased with physical activity and special populations such as pregnant women and adolescents.

An adolescent male needs 3600 calories/day while females need 2600 cal/day.

Energy balance is very important for your health, your emotional state and your life activities and work. Fatigue, lethargy and depression occur due to deficient energy in the body and low blood sugar levels. Excess energy intake, on the other hand will cause overweight and it's associated problems.

Foods to boost energy - Natural energy foods

Great carbohydrate sources for energy supply and energy refueling after exercise are : rice, potatoes, cereals and grains, pasta, bread, pancakes, fruits and vegetables. Foods containing concentrated sugars gives a lot of energy; eg.chocolate, candy, soft drinks but these are not preferred before exercise. Make sure to eat regularly and have some snacks in between meals if you feel the need to boost your energy stores.

Fat are very rich in energy, in fact 1 Gram of fat produces 9 calories compared to 4 calories for each 1 Gram of carbohydrates and proteins. But fat metabolism takes more time. Note the importance of regulationg your energy input as excess energy is stored as fat in fat (adipose) tissues, resulting in obesity. If you eat more calories than what you burn you will gain weight.

Eating fruits and vegetables is always essential as they give us vitamins and minerals which are required for metabolism and energy production: vit A, B, C, D, iron, zink, folic acid, etc ..

Note that alcohol is a source of energy too, where 1 Gm gives 7 calories but the overall effect of alcohol on the body is not healthy.


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      kane 5 years ago

      next time list some for example! i knew sugar and glucose buddy. have a mai tai on me!!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      Yes, Dates are an excellent source of energy. I take them almost every morning to help rise my blood pressure.