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Truth Behind Energy Drinks

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Posted on 25 Oct, 2020
Truth Behind Energy Drinks

Energy drinks seem to be a great option for people who are feeling low and weak. But, hey! Are they really?

What are energy drinks?

Energy drinks are beverages that contain caffeine, taurine, vitamins, herbal supplements and sugar or sweeteners. These are marketed as products that can improve energy levels, stamina, athletic performance and powers of concentration.
These drinks are the fastest growing beverages in the US market. In 2011, sales topped US $9 billion!
Half of the consumers of these drinks are between 12 and 25 years old.

How do these energy drinks make us feel energetic?

The feeling of energy comes from caffeine, which is a stimulant.

caffeine energy drinks

A normal cup of coffee contains about 24-48mg of caffeine, while energy drinks come in 250ml and contain 80mg of caffeine

How do the energy drinks affect our health?

Energy drinks contribute to obesity thanks to the added dose of calories they offer. This also means increased blood pressure and blood glucose levels, which is dangerous for people with diabetes.

Surveys around the world show:
In January 2011, about 300 people in the US suffered health problems from excessive consumption of energy drinks. As per the American Association of Poison Control Centres, most of these 300 were children and teenagers.

Germany has tracked energy drink related incidents since 2002. Reported outcomes include liver damage, kidney failure, respiratory disorders, agitation, seizures, hypertension, heart failure and in some cases, even death!

Ireland’s poison centre reported 17 energy drink related adverse events including confusion, seizures and two deaths between 1999 and 2005.

New Zealand‘s poison centre reported 20 energy drink related adverse events from 2005 to 2009; 12 cases were referred for vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, jitteryness, racing heart and agitation treatments.

Other facts about energy drinks

Let’s begin by saying that the caffeine content in these drinks is not supposed to exceed 145 parts per million (ppm).

CSE tested samples of eight brands of energy drinks. These brands were chosen on the basis of their popularity. The aim was to check the standards the energy drinks were following.
The study found that except for three, all brands exceeded the 145 ppm cafieine limit, the highest being 314.09 ppm and the average being 213.58 ppm.

The study also found that the energy drink manufacturers flout labeling rules. Caffeine levels and the warning that lactating mothers should not consume energy drinks were missing from the labels of some. On some, the labels weren’t legible while on others, there is no mention of the quantity of energy drinks that could be consumed.

Also, the manufacturers pitch their products claiming that the caffeine content is equivalent to that of an average cup of coffee. This is misleading. A normal serving size of coffee is 100ml and contains about 24-48mg of caffeine, while energy drinks come in 250ml cans and contain 80mg of caffeine.

Energy drinks look cool and make you feel fashionable. But, going overboard with anything can be very harmful. Be careful the next time you feel like having an energy drink. Let’s try some dry fruits instead?

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