ARE ENERGY DRINKS DANGEROUS? YOU TELL ME!
Energy drinks have been around for a while now and are raising concerns with Physicians as well as parents. Being a concerned parent I decided to investigate these drinks for myself.
HERE IS WHAT I FOUND
Energy drinks are marketed as “dietary supplements.” The limit that the food and drug administration requires on the caffeine content of soft drinks (71 milligrams per 12-ounce can) does not apply. The caffeine content of energy drinks varies from 50 to more than 500 milligrams.
How can a soft drink only have 71 milligrams of caffeine per 12-ounce can, and yet an energy drink that is marketed as a “dietary supplement”, have from 50 to more than 500 milligrams of caffeine in it? This does not make any sense to me.
HERE IS THE CONCERN
The caffeine in energy drinks can give a temporary or false feeling of energy for a short period of time as it raises the blood pressure, but then the body goes through a dramatic drop in energy an hour or so later as the caffeine and sugar leave the bloodstream, causing;
- mood changes,
- and a burned out feeling.
Not only do energy drinks usually fail to offer a special boost, but their high caffeine and sugar content can cause extreme dehydration, and are considered by medical experts to be dangerous for the young and physically active.
Caffeine will also worsen insulin sensitivity, which is one of the major causes of diabetes and chronic illness. Other studies have shown that caffeine leads to heart problems.
Johns Hopkins scientists who have spent decades researching the effects of caffeine report that a slew of caffeinated energy drinks now on the market should carry prominent labels that note caffeine doses and warn of potential health risks for consumers.
The problem with many of these energy drinks is not what you know is in them but what you don’t know or aren’t familiar with. While one of the most common ingredients in energy drinks is caffeine, this is only the tip of the iceberg as far as problems go.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER COMMON INGREDIENTS IN ENERGY DRINKS, THE ONES YOU PROBABLY NEVER HEARD OF?
We are just beginning to learn of the problems associated with some of these ingredients, especially when mixed with other things, such as drugs. To give you an example of what I am talking about. Taurine, which we naturally get from foods, contains vitamin b6. We normally get more than enough Taurine in out diet and the extra amount that we do get from these energy drinks, depending on how much we consume, can become toxic in our systems.
Another popular ingredient in energy drinks is Guarana, which is a very popular ingredient in many energy drinks, is a central nervous system stimulant. What you don’t know is that consuming these drinks and then mixing them with drinks containing ephedrine or diet pills can be very dangerous.
ENERGY DRINKS THAT ARE COMBINED WITH ALCOHOL CAN BE DANGEROUS!
The stimulant effects of mixing energy drinks with alcohol can mask how intoxicated you really are and prevent you from realizing how much alcohol you have consumed.
Fatigue is one of the ways the body normally tells someone that they’ve had enough to drink. The stimulant effect can give the person the impression they aren’t impaired. No matter how alert you feel, your blood alcohol concentration is the same as it would be without the energy drink.
Once the stimulant effect wears off, the depressant effects of the alcohol will remain and could cause vomiting in your sleep or respiratory depression.
Both energy drinks and alcohol are very dehydrating (the caffeine in energy drinks is a diuretic). Dehydration can hinder your body’s ability to metabolize alcohol and will increase the toxicity, and therefore the hangover, the next day.
IF YOU THINK YOUR KID DOES NOT DRINK THESE BEVERAGES, THINK AGAIN.
An 8 billion dollar industry and the alcoholic versions are growing in popularity.
Three cans, the average amount consumed in one day, equals five shots of whiskey and contains the caffeine of 15 sodas. That’s according to the Alabama department of Childrens Affairs.
31% of 12 – 17 years old and 34% of 18 – 24 years old report regular consumption, also according to the department.
A local mom says, “If I saw that [alcoholic energy drink] sitting on my child’s dresser, I probably would not have looked twice to see the alcohol content. “Police are in the same boat and that’s why ABD Board Chief Michael Crowley is working to educate officers and parents about the latest attack on underage drinking. He says, “They’re colorful, they look like energy drinks, but they’re not.“
Energy drinks are on the market, teens have started to pick up the habit of using – and abusing – the beverages, which contain a lot more of the substance than may be good for them.
Everyone knows about the awakening effects of the drug. But do you or your kids know about the potential side effects?
Taking too high a dose can lead to anxiety, headaches, sleeplessness and the jitters. And stopping, once you’ve gotten used to it, can actually cause withdrawal symptoms that can lead to those same headaches, muscle pain, irritability and even temporary depression.
But the real danger comes when the drinks are mixed with alcohol at parties. The combination of a stimulant (caffeine) with a depressant (alcohol) can be a recipe for trouble. Despite their liquid form, the energy drinks can actually lead to dehydration, a danger in places that may already be hot and enclosed.
Health Canada actually has four reported cases of teens either mixing the substances with booze or simply taking too many of them in a row.
Energy drinks are just like a trendy beverage & we can get the evidence of its popularity by entering in any of the store where lots of energy drink cans may be found easily. Young people are fond of it but lots of kids also use them like sodas.
NOW AFTER READING MY REPORT MONIQUE, ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THE DANGERS OF ENERGY DRINKS FOR YOUR CHILDREN OR MAYBE YOURSELF?
THE REVOLUTION BEGINS….I DO HAVE A HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVE!
Who better to test this product on then my 18 yr old son, Jarrod. Jarrod is an active athlete and it took a lot of convincing to get him to try another energy drink alternative.
However after only a few cans he was amazed. The product not only gave him energy but it gave him energy all day which the other energy drinks did not do.
So needless to say no more convincing from mom this healthier alternative energy drink sold itself.
This product has been featured in National Celebrity Magazines and is is making its mark on the energy-drink industry.