How unhealthy are energy drinks, really?!

Question: How unhealthy are energy drinks, really!?
I generally drink 2 energy drinks every Friday one before 1st bell and one at lunch, usually either Monster M80s or any flavor of AMP or Spike Shooters, how unhealthy is this practice, really!?Www@FoodAQ@Com

Doctors say caffeine overdoses from blending two or more sources of caffeine, including energy drinks, are on the rise, particularly among teens and young adults!. A caffeine overdose can result in anything from severe dehydration to seizures, according to Dr!. Ann Slattery, a clinical toxicologist with Children's Hospital in Birmingham!.

"We have always seemed to have a lot of calls about caffeine exposure throughout the years, especially high school and college students who are taking caffeine tablets just to stay up," said Slattery!. "Now, with the energy drink, we are seeing more interactions where people might be drinking coffee, then an energy drink (and suffer from adverse reactions)!."

One of the problems, Slattery says, is that the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate the amount of caffeine in "herbal supplements," the category under which these energy drinks fall!. To complicate matters, the manufacturers of these products don't always list caffeine by name on the nutritional label!. Instead, they will use "herbal" names, like guarana or taurine, among a host of others!.

"People may not realize they're getting caffeine and not realize the milligrams of caffeine in a drink because it's not listed no the label," Slattery said!.

For example, the nutritional label on a popular 24-oz energy drink says it contains 1,000-mg of taurine and 2,500-mg of a caffeine and guarana-containing "energy blend" per serving!. That's essentially 3,500-mg of caffeine in a single serving!. However, just one can of the drink contains three servings--so by drinking one can, you're actually consuming 10,500-mg of caffeine!

The figures are even more astounding when compared to the daily recommended dose of caffeine!.

"Teenagers should really limit their caffeine intake to 100 or 200 milligrams," Slattery said!. "An adult should limit them to about 200 to 300 milligrams per day!."

The adverse effects of caffeine on the body can become more pronounced--and more dangerous--when energy drinks are consumed before or during physical activity, especially in the heat!.

"If you're out there in (sports) practice, you have a stimulant (caffeine) on board, you have an increase in your heart rate, an increase in physical activity, which increases your heart rate (even more), then you become dehydrated, which lowers blood pressure, which increases your heart rate!.!.!.there could be some problems there," Slattery added!.


There's more sugar per serving in an energy drink than a standard can of pop!. Worse still, most of the time the sugar is in the form of high fructose corn syrup, which scientists increasingly believe affects the body differently than plain old table sugar, and is being linked to obesity and type-2 diabetes!.

Then there's the large amounts of caffeine which these drinks contain!. A little caffeine is OK, but some energy drinks contain very large amounts - more than what you'd get in 2 cups of black coffee!. And you're drinking two of these a day!? Large amounts of caffeine can affect your sleep, as well as your heart rate!. It can also make it harder for you to concentrate in your classes!.

Of course, any supposed benefit from a huge boost of energy from sugar and caffeine is negated by the crash that comes afterwards, leaving you feeling even more tired and "out of it" than you were before the energy drink!.

You're obviously still in school (not college) and you shouldn't be drinking such large amounts of sugar or caffeine at such a young age!. If you were going outside everyday and running (literally) up the side of a mountain every day, then MAYBE it might be OK, but seriously, cut back!. At least replace one of the energy drinks with something like a glass of orange juice so at least you're getting some vitamins!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

AMP = 8!.93mg of caffeine and of sugar per ounce (75mg total)
Coca Cola = 2!.88 mg of caffeine and of sugar per ounce (34!.5 mg total)
Monster = 10mg of caffeine and per ounce (160mg total)
SPIKE shooter = 35!.71 mg of caffeine per ounce!. (350mg total)
Tim Horton's Coffee = 10mg of caffeine per ounce!. (100mg for a small cup)

Sugar wise, all the drinks are fairly equal except SPIKE shooters and the coffee which has no sugar!. However, the amount of caffeine in some of these drinks is scary enough!. I would definitely stop drinking the shooters, if not everything else too!.

My conclusion: this practise is very unhealthy!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

Energy drinks have a lot of sugar and calories in them they also have an ingredient in it which gives you a good jittery burst but it can make you feel tired and worse than you did before you drank it!. I suggest that you drink 5-hour energy shots instead of energy drinks they have like 4 calories!. Www@FoodAQ@Com

energy drinks are really unheathy for you!. they can easily cause heart faliure and heart attacks!. also they are packed with sugar!. if u drink one every once and a while, they are okay, but they are still teriible for you!. : D good luckWww@FoodAQ@Com

i drink monster- every single day!. and there is nothing wrong with me!.
so really i dont know!. all i know is that theres lots of sugar in them Www@FoodAQ@Com

They have between 15 to 17 teaspoons of sugar in each can/bottle!. Yuck!Www@FoodAQ@Com

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