Need a pick-me-up? Sweets let you down, coffee has limits

WHEN you get that tired, lethargic feeling, you might think candy or a coffee will help, but think again, says Silke Schwartau, a nutrition adviser, who bases her caution on medical science. “Sugar actually leads to you feeling tired again,” she says. “That’s because your blood sugar count drops off quite quickly after it has been absorbed.” So candy consumption tends to be self-defeating.

The caffeine in the coffee provides a more durable kick, but it peters out too. Besides, doctors advise against drinking more than five cups of coffee a day, so this kick has its limits.

“I know people who drink black tea, because the pick-me-up effect lasts longer than with coffee,” said Schwartau at her desk in a consumer-advice bureau in Hamburg, Germany.

Schwartau herself swe-ars by fresh air. A short walk around the block or giving yourself a shake in front of an open window will usually restore vigour. – dpa

File photo shows a model biting into a chocolate bar. According to a nutrition adviser, sugar actually leads to people feeling tired again because the blood sugar count drops off quite quickly after it has been absorbed. – DPA