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The Danger Of Energy Drinks Essay

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Everyone is looking for a way to stay awake and energetic like they were when they were younger, or a way to pull an all-nighter with your friends. This is where energy drinks come in. "Energy drink history really begins in Europe and Asia, where these popular drinks were first developed. Although there are many different varieties in countries throughout the world, RedBull was the first to be introduced in the United States"("FactExpert"). Ever since that fateful day the popularity of energy drinks has increased dramatically around the world; however, energy drinks don't come without serious health related side effects. Over the years, many doctors and other funded programs have tested the side effects on people from energy drinks, and the results are not good. According to www.eatingwell.com "a new (unpublished) study presented at the American Heart Association’s 2013 Scientific Sessions found that downing energy drinks can raise systolic blood pressure by an average 3.5 points and can cause potentially fatal irregular heartbeats. Your risk of dangerous heart-rhythm disturbances is higher if you have an underlying heart condition or high blood pressure"(Ansel). With all this proof of energy drinks, in large quantities, being bad for a person. Why are there not more regulations and safety precautions on energy drinks?
The production and selling of energy drinks are and will be the next largest soft drink product to come out since pop. What exactly are in an energy drink, besides sugar, what do those ingredients do to the human body after consumption? The most common ingredient that everyone knows is in energy drinks are caffeine. "Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, giving the body a sense of alertness as well as dilates blood vessels. It raises heart rate and blood pressure and dehydrates the body"("Side"). Most people know that caffeine is found in all drinks that give them energy such as coffee and pop. However do they really know how much?
healthline.com listed that most 8oz. cups of coffee (caffeinated) contain up to 133 mg of caffeine, 8oz. of black tea has as much as 53 mg, and a 12oz. of Cola holds only 35 mg. The most prevalent energy drink, Red Bull, has over 80 mg in an 8oz. can other energy drinks can have from 70-200 mg per can(Krucik). Then there are all the other energy giving ingredients. The list is almost never ending "caffeine, taurine, guayana, B vitamins, ginseng, L-Carnitine, sugars, antioxidants, glucuronolactone, Yerba mate, creatine, Acai berry, inositol, L- Theanine, Milk thistle, Ginkgo Biloba, artificial sweetener, and Quercetin"("Side"). Most of these ingredients can't even be pronounced by common citizens, let alone understand what they are.
Taurine is the second most abundant ingredient found in energy drinks. "Taurine is an amino acid that is naturally produced by the human body. However, the version found in energy drinks is manufactured"("Side"). When found in the body naturally it helps...

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