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Diabetic Digest - February 4, 2015


I've never had an energy drink, and I don't want one anytime soon. It seems like energy drinks, since they've been readily available to the public at large, have been under extreme scrutiny and have been seen as doing more harm than good.

Now, according to an article I have for you below, before you take another sip take a minute to learn about the dangers of energy drinks.

So get rid of those energy drinks and then use today's recipe for Orange Chocolate Chip Bread as a healthier alternative. It may not give you energy, but it will keep you health and happy.


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*-- Diabetic News --*

Dangers of Energy Drinks
By Miriam E. Tucker

Even if you're tired, you might want to think twice before reaching for an energy drink. Researchers who reviewed previous studies on energy drinks found a long list of dangers related to their caffeine content, which is often higher than that of coffee. During 2010-11, nearly 5,000 poison center calls in the United States were for overdoses of energy drinks, which can cause a racing heartbeat, nausea, vomiting, seizures, and even death. Two-thirds of those calls were for people younger than 20. In over a third of the calls, the person had mixed energy drinks with alcohol, a particularly dangerous combination because it causes "wide awake drunkenness," allowing the person to keep drinking more alcohol.

Source: Frontiers in Public Health, published online Oct. 14, 2014

Original Article: Dangers of Energy Drinks

*- Diabetic Recipe -*

Orange Chocolate Chip Bread

Servings: 16
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Total: 55 minutes

3 cups reduced-calorie all-purpose baking mix
1 cup skim milk
1/4 cup orange juice (fresh-squeezed is best, but you can also use regular orange juice, too)
1 large egg
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1/2 cup one-to-one sugar substitute
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
2. Place baking mix in medium bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, combine milk, orange juice, egg, orange peel, sugar substitute, and vanilla; add all at once to baking mix. Beat until well blended (about 1 minute).
4. Stir in small chocolate chips.
5. Spoon batter into prepared pan.
6. Bake 40 to 56 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
7. Cool 10 minutes in pan, and then remove from pan to wire rack and cool completely.
8. Wrap in foil or plastic wrap; store overnight before slicing.

Nutrition Information
Per serving: 120 calories, 3 g protein, 3 g total fat, 20 g carbohydrate, 0 mg cholesterol, 260 mg sodium
Exchanges: 2 carbohydrate (1 bread/starch, 1 fruit), 1/2 fat

Original Recipe: Orange Chocolate Chip Bread


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