Have You ever Wondered What is Hiding in Energy Drinks?
The concerns about the composition and impact of the energy drinks these days continues to rise, and one new study has proven the risks and content of this energy drinks that are very popular among young people.
In the magazine Pediatrics is published one new study on energy drinks that says that more adolescents drink energy juices. One university that was part of this research has unveiled that 50% of the students in the last 4 months drank at least one energy drink.
The magazine Time conveys the conclusion of the study about the ingredients that are harmful and about the danger of those drinks.
The main ingredient in every energy drink is the caffeine and the amount can vary. These drinks are not part of the same category as soft drinks and usually have higher levels of stimulants. We will make one comparison: one cup of coffee contains 80 – 120 mg of caffeine, while the tea has about 50 mg. The energy drink has a much larger quantity.
There are no official recommendations about how caffeine one person can consume, but you must know that the excessive intake of caffeine in the body is usually connected with some side effects like premature birth, hypertension and sudden death.
Maybe you already know that the soft drinks are very high in sugar that comes from various sources like glucose, sucrose or high fructose. People who drink two or three energy drinks in just one day, enter in 2 to 6 times more sugar in the body than recommended. Because of that, the energy drinks are connected with perishable teeth and obesity.
This is a climbing plant that grows only in some parts of the Amazon rainforest, and this ingredient also contains caffeine. Just 1 gram of Guarana is the same as 40 mg of caffeine. But even if this ingredient is in the energy drink, usually it is not included in the total amount of caffeine. So, if the energy drink contains Guarana and caffeine, that means that it has more caffeine, so because of that the risks are higher.
Some research has shown that the ginseng boost the physical endurance, improves the mood and strengthens the immune system. The authors of the study argue that there are not enough evidences for this claim, and the energy drinks don’t contain enough amount of ginseng for some benefit. Ginseng should be used with special caution because in high doses it can cause unwanted side effects and also can be very dangerous in a combination with some medicines, according to the American Cancer Society.
The taurine is an amino acid that contains sulfur. Taurine is one of the most common amino acid that is in the body, and can support the development of the brain, improve the athletic performance and can support the regulation of water and mineral level.
Taurine naturally is consumed from foods like the meat, milk or seafood. The authors of the study said that the amount of this amino acid in the energy drinks is higher than the amount in the normal diet.
There is no proof that this is unhealthy, but also there is no proof that consuming large amounts is good for the body.
Kwabena Blankson is a pediatrician specializing in teens that come at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center. Kwabena says that many energy drinks has large amounts of these ingredients and holding on to them is better. She is not sure that this should be applied here. Many energy drinks have ingredients like minerals or vitamins that help people to get them even if they don’t keep some balanced diet. She adds that the average consumer is not aware about the quantity of those dangerous ingredients in the energy drinks.