In the past few years, according to Diana Koelliker from Telluride Medical , a number of energy drinks have entered the market to provide all of us with a quick boost of energy, easily. These drinks usually contain high levels of caffeine and other additives that act as stimulants. Sometimes we need the extra pick me up to get us through the rest of the day or to help us stay awake while studying for an exam. So, what better way to do that then to grab a Red Bull or a Monster? Well studies have shown that energy drinks just may not be our best option.
Transition: Because they have so much extra sugar and additives, energy drinks can cause more problems to our bodies than it’s actually worth.
Brown University’s definition of an energy drink is: “ A beverage like Red Bull, Rock Star, or Monster, which contain large doses of caffeine and other legal stimulants like guarana and ginseng. The amount of caffeine in an energy drink can range from 75 milligrams to over 200 milligrams in per serving- compared to 43 milligrams in Coke and 55 milligrams in Mountain Dew. If a drink advertises no caffeine, the energy comes from guarana, which is the equivalent of caffeine. The 5- hour energy drinks advertises “ no crash,” but this claim is referring to no “sugar crash” because the drink has artificial sweetners.”
We always hear about how how bad it can be to get too much caffeine, too much sugar, too much .. well a lot of things. Okay, we all know too much of anything can be bad for our bodies, but we never hear a reason why all theses things are bad. So, what could be the possible effects you ask? Well here is a few that the Caffeine Informer has shared on their website:
Cardiac arrest: Energy drinks causes the heart to have more forceful heart contractions, which could be harmful to some with certain heart conditions.
Headaches and Migraines: Too many energy drinks can lead to severe headacts from caffeine withdrawal symptoms. Changing the amount of caffeine you take in daily can cause more frequent headaches.
Insomnia: Energy drinks do a good job of keeping us all awake when we need that extra boost of energy, but when we over use them, we would miss sleep all together.
Type 2 Diabetes: Because more energy drinks have a lot of sugar, they can eventually wear out the insulin producing cells of the pancreas. This leads to type 2 diabetes.
Addiction: Many people do become addicted to the caffeine and other things in the energy drinks.
Jitters and nervousness: Too much caffeine causes us to shake and be anxious.
Too much of anything can potentially be dangerous, so we need to be aware of what all we put into our bodies.
If there are so many bad things in energy drinks then why are these drinks available to kids and young adults in the first place?
According to the Telluride Medical Center, energy drinks are sold as nutritional supplements not as a regular drink. This means the FDA (Food and...