28 Feb '13, 12am

Q: Are energy drinks safe to have prerace? What about coffee? A:

I would advise against using any stimulants during or before racing at any distance. Energy drinks, gels, and powders containing stimulants are supplements marketed to improve performance in various realms, and road racing is one of them. Supplements do not require Food and Drug Administration approval so there is no required safety testing and no safety net for consumers. I fear that energy drinks are mistaken or substituted for sports drinks and the two are markedly different products. Sport drinks are manufactured to improve performance in longer duration activities and, as long as you do not drink too much, are safe. Some energy gels and bars are concentrated sugar sources, which do not contain the stimulants like DMAA, and are not the culprits in this case.

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/health/are-energy-stimulants-...

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