Energized !! Really??

“Wings When You Need Them” a punch line of Red Bull, a energy drink company. Do they really enhance energy level or just a myth?

Energy drinks contain highly concentrated amounts of sugar, caffeine, and other ingredients, beverages like Red Bull, Rock Star and Monster, which contain large doses of caffeine and other legal stimulants like guarana and ginseng. The amount of caffine in an energy drink can range from 75 milligrams to over 200 milligrams per serving. This compares to 34 milligrams in Coke and 55 milligrams in Mountain Dew.

Energy drinks are becoming part and partial of our daily life especially among younger generation. Due to considerable increase in sales of these energy drinks, more and more companies are coming to this business.

“I need one or two bottles of energy drinks everyday to remain active, if I don’t take energy drink, I feel lethargic”, says Rahul, a Marketing Manager.

If a company advertises that drink doesn't contain caffeine, then the energy comes from guarana, which is the equivalent of caffeine.

According to the journal Pediatrics, caffeine in moderate doses is generally considered safe for adults, but if adolescents do consume caffeine, they should not consume more than 100 mg of caffeine per day.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has concluded that “caffeine and other stimulant substances contained in energy drinks have no place in the diets of children and adolescents.”

Individual responses to caffeine vary, and these drinks should be treated carefully because of how powerful they are. Energy drinks’ stimulating properties can boost the heart rate and blood pressure (sometimes to the point of palpitations), dehydrate the body, and, like other stimulants, prevent sleep.

Mayo Clinic researchers found that caffeine-naive healthy young adults experienced greater rise in blood pressure after consumption of a energy drink, compared to a placebo drink, thus raising the concern that energy drinks may increase the risk of cardiac events.

Energy drinks should not be used while exercising as the combination of fluid loss from sweating and the caffeine can lead to severe dehydration.

When energy drinks are combined with alcohol it carries a number of potential dangers.

Since energy drinks are stimulants and alcohol is a depressant, the stimulant effects can mask how intoxicated you are and prevent you from realizing how much alcohol you have consumed. and could cause vomiting, dehydration or respiratory depression.

Even the World Health Organization has raised the red flag against energy drinks, and have announced that energy drinks are all set to become a significant public health problem if their use among young people is not addressed.

So before buying a can of energy drink, these drinks are spoiling your health rather than giving benefits.

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