Pyro Tim wrote:
As for gels and carb drinks being tantamount to doping; do you eat food? If you do, then you are getting fibre, carbohydrate, protein, sugars and salts of various sorts, all of which are necessary for healthy living and none of which are performance enhancing drugs. Still, as a non smoking, non drinking father of a straightedge son and a vegan daughter, far be it from me to make comment on what anyone chooses not to eat or drink.
The carb drinks, protein shakes, energy gels etc are chemical extractions, with additives. I get what I need from food. It's odd that it is my opinion, as I have no issue with people smoking cigarettes, or other stuff, or drinking, I've done it all in my time. Vegan I just don't understand, I can't see how it's healthy, but that's another conversation.
Things like protein shakes (protein powders are heavily sourced by things like whey, milk and sometimes things like pea) are really just isolating some pretty natural things, really. Yes, there's some additives - but that tends to be for things like taste / flavour, or sweetness. I can see why some would baulk at some supplements, and going back probably around 10 years, the line was a bit blurry for a while - but in general, things like protein powders aren't truly some weird chemicals, as opposed to just being more selective of certain things, mainly from pretty natural sources. That's so people who believe they need additional protein in their diet can do so without having to also take with it a lot of calories from other sources. And convenience.
Even amino acid supplements tend to be sourced from some very mundane, cheap, plentiful protein sources.
Never had much to do with carb / energy type drinks, so never really looked at the contents, so can't truly comment.
But all the same, protein shakes, energy drinks are a world away from doping. Think of supplementation as simply refined / more selective food. Doping is really all about directly
manipulating hormones, blood, or body chemistry.
I can understand some people veering away from other supplements - and I get it, but the drinks / shakes tend to be all about either convenience, marketing, or additional source of macronutrients in a convenient "packaging" whilst possibly not having other additional calories from other macronutrients.
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