Recently, it has been reported that certain energy drinks have been linked to cause disabilities and even death. Moreover, there have been reports of other adverse effects associated with energy drinks. These reports claim that these products cause health issues, rather than proving they are beneficial. Health concerns regarding the use and abuse of energy drinks have been increasing considerably over the years. The ever growing popularity and consumption of these products have also increased rapidly in the recent years. Are these drinks and products safe like manufacturers claim them to be?
Energy drinks are basically beverages that contain stimulants, like caffeine, and are supposed to be used to enhance the physical and mental performance of the individual who consumes it. Many of the brands available on the market contain caffeine content far beyond those prescribed by regulations. Some brands have other stimulants mixed with caffeine to enhance its potency. According to reports, the appropriate amount of caffeine an adult should consume per day is about 400 milligrams. Only about 100 milligrams of caffeine is supposed to be consumed by adolescents. Several popular energy drinks contain up to 240 milligrams of caffeine in one serving. Moreover, most energy drinks contain a sufficient amount of sugar, which can lead to weight gain. What happens if an individual consumes this beverage every day?
Excessive amounts of caffeine can:
- Raise blood pressure
- Cause irritability
- Increase heart rate
- Cause difficulty sleeping
- Cause nervousness
- Lead to indigestion
- Cause anxiety and related issues
- Result in dehydration
- Trigger seizures
Studies show that mixing energy drinks with alcohol is more of a threat than just consuming an energy drink alone. Mixing energy drinks with alcohol increases the risk of alcohol abuse, as it keeps the person awake longer, which can lead to overconsumption of alcohol.
Some of the adverse effects reported on the consumption of energy drinks with and without alcohol include:
- Heart attack
- Severe diarrhea
- Irregular heartbeat
- Impaired cognition
- Psychotic disorders
Energy drinks are not recommended for people with high blood pressure, heart problems, women who are pregnant, and women who are breastfeeding.
For a healthy adult, an occasional energy drink should be fine. Instead of reaching for one of these drinks to boost your energy levels, opt for healthier options, like maintaining a healthy diet or physical exercise.
- Energy drinks are filled with sugar.
- Over consumption of energy drinks can lead to serious medical conditions.
- The consumption of multiple energy drinks can promote weight gain.