Sports Nutrition: Ben’s ‘Rebuttal’ to Matt Fitzgerald, Best and Worst Magnesium Supplements, Get Rid of Gas, Caff vs. Decaf, The Deal on Sugar Alcohols, and More

February 2, 2014
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Ben Greenfield is back! On this show we hear:

-Ben’s take on Matt Fitzgerald’s stance on sports nutrition, including the use of certain supplements, specific diets, and more

-Being aware of and avoiding food/drink additives

-Recommendations for magnesium supplements — pill, liquid, transdermal, brands, and why. Plus what to avoid?

-Is Magnesium Stearate really that bad?

-What’s causing bad gas (is it poor-quality beer?!) and natural ways to treat gas

-Can you drink decaf coffee and still decrease/reset adenosine receptors

-Caffeine and Decaf blending

-The lowdown on sugar alcohols

-maple syrup as fuel on long runs (or honey?)

-and more!
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One Comment

  • Jessica S. says:

    Hi Tawnee, Ben. I just posted this on Facebook: I’m a long-time listener, ultra runner, gone paleo several years ago due to digestive issues. Was intrigued by recent EP interview with Matt Fitzgerald so I read his series “Racing Weight.” Convinced that my training/performance could be improved by increased carb intake, I tried (once again) to eat more carbs, mainly still whole foods like quinoa, rice, oats, sweet potato, banana tho I also threw in some GU and chased the hard workouts with a packet of Recoverite. When I say I “increased carbs” I still followed Ben’s guidelines, consuming carbs earlier in the day around work-outs, most carbs on biggest training day of the week, lower carb on recovery days. All-in-all still low to moderate carb intake. But even that increase has caused a significant worsening in IBS symptoms to the point of feeling completely miserable. AND my face just broke out in the worst acne I’ve seen in years!!! I am really sensitive to FODMAPs! Ben, in your recent response to Matt’s interview you mentioned that you, too, are very sensitive to FODMAPs. I know sensitivities can be very individualized but specifically what carb sources work best for you? I have played around with UCAN which gives me total gut rot (I can tolerate during a 3-4 hour long run but am miserable for several days after). I have also tried coconut oil but it makes me nauseated if I eat it before and during runs. I am allergic to tree nuts. Chia seems to work pretty well for me but I’m concerned about the omega-6 content. Your thoughts/ideas???

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