Energy Drinks: What’s the Verdict?
Energy drinks. They look good on the shelf and taste good on your lips. But their claims sound too good to be true. Which begs the question: Can a canned liquid concoction really provide a healthy energy boost?
The short answer is no, they can’t.
Popping open an energy drink offers the promise of an instant rush of energy along with a slew of ingredients that promise to deliver everything from increased focus to long-lasting metabolism boosts. Feel better, burn more calories, stay awake longer and live an energy-filled life. Slam an energy drink and you’ll have a monster workout, you’ll be able to stay up late like a rock star. At least that’s what the companies that manufacture the ubiquitous cans and bottles want you to believe.
They’re wrong, according to researchers.
One scientist from Minnesota says that drinking a single cup of coffee has the same effect on your metabolism–without all the diabetes-causing sugar. Researchers associated with seven other studies found that the drinks have an adverse effect on your heart, raising blood pressure, increasing heart rate and even causing your heart to miss a beat.
Then there are the studies that found that drinking energy drinks can result in feelings of anxiousness. They can also result in extended dizzy spells or an uncontrollable feeling of being jittery.
The problem with energy drinks, the researchers say, is that they often include too much of a good thing.
Most of the popular, brand-name energy drinks are loaded with caffeine, which can make you feel more alert and increase your ability to work out for long period of times. But it can also lead to a significant increase in your heart rate, cause anxiety, upset your stomach and lead to severe dehydration. Most energy drinks have 2 to 5 times as much caffeine as a cup of coffee.
On top of all that, a lot of energy drinks also include guarana, which is a stimulant that offers similar effects to caffeine. Taurine, which has been hailed by energy drink companies as a tool for increasing focus, can actually act as a sedative.
And then there’s the price. Energy drinks are expensive. They can cost up to $5 per can. If you drink one a day, you’ll be spending nearly $2,000 a year on a product that simply doesn’t deliver on everything it promises. That’s a lot of wasted money.
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