Are Energy Drinks Toxic?

Energy drinks have become the drink to keep us on the go through out our busy day! These drinks have been ingrained into our culture and marketed so cleverly that we cannot imagine drinking anything else to give us that much needed boost.

Energy drinks were created with the intention to boost energy, alertness and concentration. People of all ages consume these caffeinated and sugar loaded drinks daily!

The ever-popular energy drinks continues to grow in popularity year after year for over three decades. However are energy drinks safe, or are they toxic to our health?

Glucozade was originally introduced in 1927 In the UK, the creation of Newcastle chemist William Owen’s efforts to create a source of energy for those who were sick with common illnesses, like the common cold or influenza.

Glucozade was renamed Lucozade in 1929 by the Beecham Group. In the early 1980s, Lucozade was promoted as an energy drink for replenishing lost energy.

Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy, Monster, AMP, Rockstar, NOS and Full Throttle are some of popular energy drinks products springing from this movement.

Energy drinks are marketed beverages that contain ingredients to increase your energy and mental performance.

Energy drinks can deliver on some of their promised benefits by increasing brain function and helping you function when you’re tired or sleep-deprived.

I have heard stories from friends who relied on these drinks to keep them going all night when filming and editing movies, or cramming for their tests in college.

Nearly all energy drinks contain the ingredient caffeine that has been proven to stimulate brain function and increase alertness and concentration for a temporary amount of time.

In some cases energy drinks can last roughly five hours, which is a strong promotion given by the Five Hour Energy drink that is in the size of a shot. However, the amount of caffeine differs from product to product.

Even though energy drinks are very popular, some health professionals do not view energy drinks like a beverage to aid patients in their recovery.

These Health professionals have warned that energy drinks may have harmful consequences, which has led many people to question their safety.

Other health providers believe energy drinks are safe for most healthy adults to consume up to 400 milligrams of caffeine a day, about the equivalent of one 20-ounce Starbucks coffee or two shots of 5-Hour Energy.

However medical reports shown that consuming multiple energy drinks daily could quickly put someone over that proposed limit, increasing their risk for for headaches as well as boost blood pressure and heart rate.

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There are a number of health concerns with energy drinks, particularly related to excessive caffeine intake, sugar content and in addition, mixing them with alcohol which is very popular at bars and nightclubs.

Energy drinks have many stimulants, so if a person who consumes these drinks and is going through some kind of physical stress or physical exercise, the stimulants will further exaggerate or exacerbate the electrical activity going on in their heart.

If you suffer from diabetes, these drinks may be a drink you will want to stay away from. Some energy drinks on the market contain more than 25 grams of sugar.

For people with diabetes trying to control their blood sugar, this may cause a harmful glucose response.

Drinking too much caffeine may cause other problems as well, since it is a nervous system stimulant.

It also matters what you drink your energy drink with. If it’s alcohol, be very careful.

Research gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that caffeine can mask some of alcohol’s effects and raise drinkers’ chances of binge drinking.

One study found that participants who drank a cocktail with Red Bull and vodka had a greater urge to keep drinking than those whose drinks included soda water instead of Red Bull.

The caffeine content of energy drinks can range from 80 milligrams in an 8-ounce Red Bull to over 350 milligrams in 16 ounces of the no-calorie energy drink.

In addition energy drinks advertised caffeine counts could be underestimates, since the makers of these drinks may not take into account caffeine from ingredients like Guarana. In combination these could bring on a harmful double dose.

If you choose to drink energy drinks consider limiting your intake to 16 ounces (473 ml) per day and do not drink “energy shots.”

Additionally, try to reduce your intake of other caffeinated beverages to avoid the harmful effects of too much caffeine.

Some people who have low tolerance to caffeine intake, including pregnant and nursing women, children and teenagers, should avoid energy drinks altogether.

So in review, consider avoiding these quick fix remedies and either rely on beverages like coffee or tea to keep you up and at it through the day, or into the late evening hours.

Thank you for reading!

Neil Stangeland

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