As a busy teenager, I find my schedule filled with a variety of activities including athletics, academics, and other extra-curricular responsibilities. Although teenagers are supposed to have the opportunity to relax and enjoy their high school years, I find myself becoming overwhelmed with the stress of fulfilling all the expectations placed upon me. Living out such a hectic schedule can become tiresome, and I often find myself running low on mental and physical energy. Because we constantly have a game to play or homework to complete, teenagers often turn to energy drinks to rejuvenate their bodies; however, the popular beverage is causing controversy regarding its nutritional value and potential harm to consumers.
While there are two main perspectives about the safety of energy drinks, Sara M. Seifert believes they could have harmful effects on consumers. Seifert, who has her Bachelor of Science degree, is a co-author of the article, “Health Effects of Energy Drinks on Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults,” found in PEDIATRICS magazine. According to the results of a recent survey, Seifert concludes, “Energy drinks have no therapeutic benefit, and many ingredients are understudied and not regulated” (1). Lindsey Tanner, a journalist from The Associated Press, also bases her conclusions about the negative effects of energy drinks on a recent report concerning these controversial beverages. Since the report concluded, “Energy drinks are under-studied, overused and can be dangerous for children and teens,” doctors believe parents should regulate their children’s consumption of the product (1). Tanner’s article describes the various effects of energy drinks, and she supports her negative opinion with factual data.
Contrary to those viewing energy drinks as harmful beverages, there are people who perceive them to be a beneficial part of one’s diet. In the article, “Good Medicine: The healthy ingredients in energy drinks,” the author disputes the nutritional value of energy drinks by saying, “there are some beneficial ingredients in many of them,” (1). With a list of healthy ingredients in energy drinks, the author attempts to persuade the audience to believe the beverages can present healthy benefits. Another article, “Benefits of Energy Drinks,” also argues, “Energy drinks have become an essential part of their [people’s] diet” (1). This author would confront the dilemma with a positive view of energy drinks, and he or she assures the audience of the nourishment energy drinks can provide the body.
In order to begin developing a conclusion on the benefits of energy drinks, one must first understand what constitutes such a beverage and who the main consumers are. According to Seifert, “energy drinks are consumed by 30% to 50% of adolescents and young adults,” and they are drinks, “containing high and unregulated amounts of caffeine” (1). Tanner further elaborates on the age of consumers when she says, “about one-third of...