En­ergy Drinks Think caf­feine. Think sugar

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En­ergy drinks are bev­er­ages ex­pected to boost men­tal en­ergy by pro­vid­ing men­tal and phys­i­cal stim­u­la­tion. The con­cept fits in well with the stress and fa­tigue as­so­ci­ated with mod­ern life­styles. So, where does the ‘en­ergy’ in such drinks come from? En­ergy drinks have added caf­feine, sugar and other in­gre­di­ents that their man­u­fac­tur­ers say in­crease stamina and ‘boost’ per­for­mance. What im­pact do they have inside the body? In any case, how do these drinks dif­fer from so­called health drinks, sports drinks and so­das?

En­ergy drinks can be car­bon­ated and non­car­bon­ated and may con­tain ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers, sugar, gua­nine and tau­rine. Most of them con­tain caf­feine, which is a stim­u­lat­ing agent. Caf­feine taken in small amounts may have some good ef­fect on health but its con­sump­tion must be strictly reg­u­lated. Caf­feine is a stim­u­lant – con­sum­ing a lot of it can lead to heart pal­pi­ta­tions, anx­i­ety and in­som­nia; it also can make you feel jit­tery and ir­ri­ta­ble. Over time, caf­feine can be­come ad­dic­tive.

The safe limit for caf­feine is set to be 400 mg per day. Ap­prox­i­mately 4 cups of cof­fee/5 stan­dard cans of en­ergy drink of 250 ml are equiv­a­lent to 400 mg of caf­feine. A 1.5 gm sa­chet of cof­fee con­tains about 48 grams of caf­feine. So it be­comes es­sen­tial for reg­u­lar cof­fee drinkers to avoid the con­sump­tion of en­ergy drinks.

En­ergy drinks are loaded with sugar. Con­sump­tion of high amounts of sugar is of­ten as­so­ci­ated with a lot of health dis­or­ders such as di­a­betes, obe­sity, den­tal car­ries and heart dis­eases. It is also im­por­tant to note that sug­ar­free en­ergy drinks have ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers, which may lead to some neg­a­tive ef­fects on health. As­par­tame is one of the most com­mon sweet­en­ers used in sugar-free drinks. Although it is FDA-ap­proved, its con­sump­tion must be reg­u­lated.

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