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

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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