Questions for experts:
According to Wikipedia an energy drink is a type of beverage containing stimulant drugs, chieflycaffeine, which is marketed as providing mental and physical stimulation. They may or may not be carbonated and many also contain sugar or other sweeteners, herbal extracts and amino acids. They are a subset of the larger group of energy products, which includes bars and gels, and distinct from sports drinks, which are advertised to enhance sports performance. There are many brands and varieties of energy drinks.
1. What are the most harmful components
of energy drinks?
Answer: Stimulant drugs, chiefly caffeine as well as large amounts of sugar and artificial colors and flavors
2. Is there a safe consumption limit?
Answer: One now and then such as well you are driving and a bit sleepy may be helpful but you can get the same benefit from a cup of black coffee. Anything more is too much. If one has a healthy lifestyle and solid nutritional practices why would they need this product?
3. Are there safe alternatives?
Answer: A basic protein shake; Unripe banana, whey or other protein powder, Stevia as a sweetener, a ½ teaspoon of cocoa powder, ½ cup of coffee.
4. What does the public not know or
ignore about energy drinks?
Answer: There is no one standard for what is considered an “energy drink”. They may or may not be carbonated and many also contain sugar or other sweeteners, herbal extracts and amino acids. They are not even sports drinks, which are advertised to enhance sports performance. Most of these products are sold to those looking for a quick “Buz” and are not really concerned with the health benefits or the quality of such products.
5. Any comments or impressions about
the science on this subject you think the public should know?
Answer: There is very little science behind these products. They are a mish mash of different ingredients that are known to be short term stimulants.
5. Are they really that bad for you?
Answer: When used once in while by a generally healthy person they are not “Really bad” for you. But for an obese person. A pre-diabetic or a teenager…yes they are bad.
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