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Wide Array Of Energy-Boosting Ingredients Available To Food, Beverage Formulators

March 18, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
A Food Technology article reports on the broad range of current and upcoming energy-boosting ingredients available to food and beverage formulators looking for options beyond caffeine. is not the only ingredient that provides that extra boost. The ingredient categories include slow-digesting sucrose-derived carbohydrates, botanicals, green tea, beetroot juice, B vitamins, L-carnitine, ribose, taurine and coenzyme Q. Botanicals that provide “natural” energy include ginkgo biloba, ginseng, yerba maté, and milk thistle, while B vitamins help break down carbohydrates into glucose, which provides energy. L-carnitine helps supply energy to the heart, muscles, liver, and immune cells, and is essential in the production of energy from fat.
Linda Milo Ohr, "The Buzz About Energy Products", Food Technology, March 18, 2011, © Institute of Food Technologists
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