Energy drinks are supposed to keep us awake and energized when we need it. However, the ingredients in energy drinks particularly caffeine and sugar are in high amount, which is health threatening.
Normally, adults are the primary consumers of energy drinks to keep awake and focus at work. But today, even young school children to college students are consuming a high amount of energy drinks, as well.
In 2014, the World Health Organization proclaimed that the increasing rate of energy drink consumption is becoming a significant health issue1. Watch and listen to this CNN report. Take note that the report says the risks could even be higher on kids taking medications and even mixing energy drink with alcohol is also a bad idea.
The high amount of sugar in energy drinks can also cause children to gain weight. Today, we know that obesity is not an issue for adults, but childhood obesity becomes a global health issue, too.
On the other hand, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advocates to parents avoiding giving energy drinks to children. The AAP also provides additional guidance for educational purposes2.
In a prior publication, the AAP concludes3 that energy drinks;
- Have no therapeutic benefits and may cause serious adverse health effects on some children.
- Have high amount of stimulants such as guarana, caffeine and taurine.
- Have other ingredients that are not studied and unregulated.
- Marketing aiming youth and adolescents may increase overdose potential.
- High consumption are self-reported via surveys and not well documented in children.
- Have have been linked with risky behaviors in children that are undermined due to the interactions between compounds and among other factors.
In the report by CBC News, the side-effects of consuming too much caffeine includes;
- Muscle Tremors
- Increased Heart Rate
- Higher Blood Pressure
For children and adolescents, these side effects are not helpful or healthful for them. In fact, there a mom blamed energy drink for the death of her 16-year old daughter. Additionally, there are more documented deaths due to energy drinks.
Authors of the literature review says in a press release;
As energy drink sales are rarely regulated by age, unlike alcohol and tobacco, and there is a proven potential negative effect on children, there is the potential for a significant public health problem in the future.
What Happen In The Body When You Drink Energy Drinks?
Now that we’ve learned the health risks of energy drinks, let’s find out what happens inside the body during consumption. It would be easier to understand via a visual explanation.
Special Report On Energy Drinks
Here is a special report revealing that not just children have been negatively affected by energy drink consumption. Soldiers sleep are also affected by energy drinks consumption as per the CDC.
Fortunately, some regulations already exist for the energy drink industry. However, these regulations are not enough. The scientists want more education the risk of drinking energy drinks and even liquor. Among the countries implementing energy drink regulations include Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
Unfortunately, in the U.S., the regulatory body for energy drink is not the FDA, but the energy drink companies themselves.
There’s More You Need To Know About Energy Drinks
An Australian documentary reveals blood test stickiness is doubled upon energy drink consumption in quick succession. This means in increased risk of heart attack and stroke. What’s even more alarming is that it causes a decline in blood vessel function. This is a precursor to cardiovascular disease.
Are Adults At Risk Too?
Definitely! It’s not just children who are at risk but everyone who consumes it especially in high amounts.
Is Caffeine That Really Bad?
Caffeine is the primary concern in the health risks of energy drinks. Indeed, consuming way too much caffeine on a regular basis is one of the causes in a man’s sexual dysfunction. Caffeine, in moderation, however, can be beneficial and there are studies proving the many health benefits of caffeine including prevention of certain cancers.
Caffeine in energy drinks is a health risk because it’s too high plus it contains other ingredients including sugar. The sugar in energy drinks is not the typical table sugar, but fructose. The body reacts differently to fructose. This is the same found in sodas and most of the pre-packaged and highly processed food products.
Boosting Energy Drink Naturally Without Caffeine
Caffeine is certainly the most popular energy booster. But do you know you can boost your energy without drinking caffeine-based beverages. One of the best natural ways to instantly increase energy is using a Kundalini Yoga breathing technique known as the Breath of Fire. With regular practice, this breathing technique does not only boost your energy on-demand, but also offers many health benefits including strengthening of the immune system.