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Avoid These 6 Foods to Preserve Your Energy

By Samantha Cassetty, R.D.
Reviewed by Daniel Lew, M.D.
October 31, 2022

Fatigue is a common complaint, especially among people managing a chronic condition. You may not be able to prevent fatigue completely if a disease or medication is causing it, but there are things you can do to minimize it. Start by avoiding or limiting the foods that can interfere with your energy level.

“It has to do with several factors, including rates of digestion, blood-sugar balance, and even chronic inflammation in the body,” explains Ginger Hultin, a registered dietitian nutritionist based in Seattle who owns Champagne Nutrition and wrote the How to Eat to Beat Disease Cookbook. “There's evidence that diets high in added fat, sugar, and highly processed foods may cause inflammation in the body, which is a sure way to hurt your energy levels,” she explains.

If you’re fighting fatigue, limiting certain foods may help. Here are foods you may want to watch to protect your energy—along with healthier alternatives you can choose instead.