Health Problems Correlated to Energy Drinks
Energy drinks have an immense amount of sugar and sodium, which can boost the heart rate and blood pressure, arrhythmia, dehydrate the body, prevent sleep, and can lead to weight gain and inflammation. Some statements such as “energy drinks improve performance and concentration” can be misleading. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is not involved in approving the safety of energy drinks before they are sold, so when they are marked as dietary supplements it does not mean they are safe. Due to the excessive amount of sugar in energy drinks, sugar highs can occur and cause you to crash later on. This can lead to a more exhausted lifestyle than before you started drinking energy drinks. I suggest a basic cup of coffee (with little cream and sugar) or herbal black or green tea for energy instead of highly caffeinated, sugared drinks. Plus, certain teas can help protect the kidneys and better filter toxins.
Caffeine and Sugar content of specific energy drinks
Think twice about that Energy Drink + Vodka
When you mix a stimulant (energy drink) with a depressant (alcohol), the stimulant can mask how intoxicated you are. Meaning you will are likely to drink more, increasing your BAC level and causing extreme dehydration. Energy drinks have large doses of caffeine and other caffeinated stimulants. The amount of caffeine in an energy drink can range from 72 to 100+ mg per serving (up to 294 mg per can/bottle), compared to 34-55 mg in soda. Hint: There’s zero mg in water! Disclaimer: That doesn't mean to drink soda instead. However, an energy drink can advertise as NO CAFFEINE, which means the energy instead comes from guarana, which is a caffeine equivalent with artificial sweeteners. 1 gram of guarana is equivalent to 40 mg caffeine, and health problems can start to occur in those who consume >400 mg/d, or >300 mg for high risk individulas.
ENERGY DRINKS HAVE HIGH AMOUNTS OF
Insufficient clinical evidence exists to establish safety during the consumption of these ingredients:
These ingredients are generally regarded as safe (GRAS) by the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (FDA CFSAN).
Be careful with your caffeine intake, especially with mixing alcohol and energy drinks!