Are Energy Drinks good for you…?
Energy drinks are in trend since the middle of last century, usually popular among adolescents and young adults than athletes. These drinks may enhance the stamina, performance, energy and concentration.
Energy drinks are usually non-alcoholic, carbonated beverages consisting of the following ingredients.
• Substances like taurine, methylxanthines, ginseng, guarana, yerba mate, acai, maltodextrin, inositol, L-carnitine, creatine, D-glucuronolactone, and ginkgo biloba.
• High-fructose corn syrup, sucrose or artificial sweeteners.
Health-related conditions associated with energy drinks:
Besides having some beneficial effects, energy drinks may also have some adverse effects. As per the evidence, daily caffeine intake should not be more than 400 mg. However, energy drinks contain ~ 80-150 mg / 8oz and as much as 207 mg / 2oz, which may cause a rise in blood pressure, irregularity in heartbeat and insulin insensitivity.
Energy drinks are a root of poor health because of high sugar content (~ 54 g of sugar / 500ml). Evidence suggested that energy drinks can cause cardiovascular events, miscarriages, stillbirths, low birthweights, dental issues, neurological and psychological issues and most importantly, obesity.
In conclusion, energy drinks are not as beneficial as they are claimed to be. Therefore, these must be avoided until more research is conducted to prove their safety.