The truth about Energy Drinks: A balanced view

Let’s be honest! Energy drinks are a hype today. They’re tasty and pretty cheap! Moreover, it is a social drink which you can enjoy at parties or gatherings when having with your friends. But what about the other side of the coin?! Are they as healthy as they taste? Definitely no! But we oftentimes assure ourselves that everything in moderation is the key to a stable and strong health. Let’s take a closer look at Energy drinks, their composition as well as health implications.

 

What Are Energy Drinks?

Energy Drinks are flavored drinks that use stimulants such as ginseng and guarana and big amounts of caffeine to excite the nervous system. Some of the most famous energy drinks are Red Bull and Monster, and you can find them in pretty much every supermarket and store. To give you an in-depth explanation, this drink contains lots of different combinations of carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals as well as some of the following substances: taurine, caffeine as well as d-glucuronolactone. The drinks serve as a good physical and mental stimulator, but their effects are known to last from 15 up to 30 minutes maximum.

 

Are Energy Drinks Healthy?

Energy drinks contain lots of sugar. And as you might probably know, sugar is a huge enemy of ours. On supermarket shelves, you can stumble upon all kinds of energy drinks, from drink containing no sugar at all to drinks containing up to 20+ teaspoons of sugar. The ones that are sugar-free are still loaded with other substances that might be harmful for the human body if consumed on a regular basis, not mentioning the discomfort around the tummy that both teenagers and adults usually encounter after consuming an energy drink. Besides, the sugar-free drink is most likely sweetened with an artificial sweetener (which might be even worse). Aspartame, Acesulfame, Splenda, etc, have already had their peak of controversy. Nowadays, scientists, researchers and health care practitioners highly recommend avoiding them. According to the “Reported Aspartame Toxicity Reactions”, artificial sweetener toxicity is very common among individuals all over the world, and the effects vary based on body type and health background. Besides that, artificial sweeteners such as Splenda (Sucralose) lead to weight gain, according to a study published in the Journal Of Toxicology And Environmental Health.

 

Negative Health Implications Linked To Energy Drinks

Undoubtedly, a high consumption of energy drinks can lead to hazardous health implications. Here are the commonest reasons why you should avoid energy drinks as much as possible.

Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

The amount of sugar contained in energy drinks is shocking, and it has a direct impact on body weight and glucose levels in the blood. And as you probably know, obesity and type 2 diabetes are linked to each other. Recent studies have shown a strong correlation between these 2 sicknesses and the consumption of energy drinks.

Heart Disease

High amounts of sugar are able to vastly impact your heart health. People who consume sugar in foods and beverages on a constant basis have higher risk of dying of heart disease.

Gum Disease and Teeth Decay

People that have high glucose levels or diabetes are more likely to have gym disease. Sugar destroys teeth if consumed over a long period of time.

Unclear Skin

Whatever makes your stomach heavy, negatively impacts your skin. This is a widely known fact. Consuming energy drinks is highly linked to your skin health. As a result, skin becomes unclear and brimming with acne and little imperfections here and there. The tone of the skin also gets to suffer.

 

Some Good Things About Energy Drinks

Even though there are many negative health implications, there are still some good things about energy drinks that you would like to take into consideration prior to forming your impression about this type of beverage. Probably one of the best things about energy drinks is that they stimulate your mind, this way improving your mental performance for a certain amount of time. Therefore, if you have an urgent need to finish a task but because of exhaustion you cannot do it, an energy drink can help you get the job done faster and easier.

At the same time, energy drink can serve as a good fat burner if you drink it 20/30 minutes before the workout. Due to the sudden stimulation and excitement, you will be engaged during the entire workout, and you will accomplish and burn much more than you normally would on a random workout session. But since energy drinks have lots of calories, you will want to do a cardio workout for at least 20 minutes to warm up your body and burn extra calories.

The majority of energy drinks contain vitamins, especially B-vitamins, good for the human brain function. It contributes to the amelioration of brain performance as well as boosts your metabolism.

 

How Much Should You Drink?

Health care practitioners recommend not to abuse with energy drinks, especially in case that you have problems with your digestive system or intestines. You always have to take into consideration your health background in order to assess the kind of effects that an energy drink might have on your body. It is recommended to not exceed the amount of one energy drink per day, if you really can’t refrain from drinking it on a daily basis. The more you avoid it, the better. Moderation factor does apply to this situation as well, but let’s not forget the chemical compounds, stimulants and caffeine, which if regularly consumed, might have a negative impact in the long run.

Make sure you take into consideration the information revealed in this article in order to have an understanding of energy drinks, and the science behind them. Undoubtedly, energy drinks are tasty and can be quite beneficial in several circumstances. But other than that, you should never exceed the amount of energy drinks you consume a day. If you want to have a great health, you have to properly take care of your health.

 

References

http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dailys/03/jan03/012203/02p-0317_emc-000199.txt

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3856475/

http://www.caffeineinformer.com/top-10-energy-drink-dangers