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The Health Risks Associated with Consuming Energy Drinks.

Updated on February 4, 2017


I read an article on Time Magazine about the health risks associated with Energy Drinks. Let's face it, energy drinks taste good and they give you that energy boost in the morning or right before an exam. For years, I was addicted to Red Bull. I would pack one Red Bull in my gym bag and drink one can before working out. One day I was watching an infomercial on energy drinks and it really scared me when I heard a medical expert talk about the health risks associated with these energy drinks.


Some of the side-effects associated with consuming energy drinks include: heart palpitations, anxiety, tachycardia and hyperactivity. This is one of the main reasons why medical experts are concerned about children and teenagers consuming energy drinks as part of their diet.

Secondly, doctors are so concerned because of the ingredients these energy drinks contain. Guarana and Ginseng are two commonly used stimulants used in energy drinks. Healthline.com states that the stimulant used in energy drinks helps boost brain power and athletic performance; however, it contains twice the caffeine in coffee beans and so therefore, it contains stimulants that can affect the central nervous system.

Research has also found that when you combine these two herbal extracts together, it can be dangerous. Taurine, on the other hand, may improve athletic performance, which may explain why it is commonly used in energy drinks; however, just like guarana and ginseng, taurine also contains twice the caffeine and sugar and it is known to increase the heart rate, blood pressure and central nervous system. In some cases, it can even cause insomnia according to http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/taurine/faq-20058177

Energy drink companies are confident that their energy drinks are safe to drink. Unlike medical experts, energy drink companies don't see any health risks associated with their energy drink products which claim to increase mental performance and enhance energy. An interesting observation is that both coffee and soda contain caffeine and yet medical experts are not at all concerned about the about the safety of these products. Perhaps, there are more milligrams of caffeine in energy drinks than there are in a coca-cola or cup of coffee.

According to a recent report in Pediatrics, about 50% of adolescents consume energy drinks regularly. It's evident that kids and teens show a strong preference for energy drinks more than they do for any other products. So far, public health experts haven't proven anything as to whether energy drinks are safe to drink or not.

By: Marlene

June 30, 2015



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      Marlene 

      3 years ago from FL.

      @ThatMommyBlogger Hi there! Sorry for the late response. I just read your comment. I used to drink Red Bull. I got addicted to the taste. I haven't drank one in a long time. I already have enough energy as it is. lol. Thanks for the visit

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      Missy 

      3 years ago from The Midwest

      Energy drinks scare me. I don't touch them.

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      Marlene 

      3 years ago from FL.

      @teaches12345 Hi, I replied to your comment yesterday but for some reason, I don't see the comment. I hardly ever consume energy drinks. I must say that I really like the taste of Red Bull. I've never had any adverse reaction to energy drinks, however, after reading what happened to your nephew I doubt I will ever drink one again. Yes, I do understand why you would not be fond of energy drinks. Sounds like a scary experience.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      3 years ago

      Teens consume these drinks for the energy and the idea that it is close to drinking stronger beverages such as beer. Some people are having adverse reactions to these drinks. My nephew ended up in the ER after drinking one of these drinks. His heart was racing, he was dizzy, confused, barely breathing, and later vomiting. Later he had a severe headache. So you can see why I'm not fond of these drinks.

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      Marlene 

      3 years ago from FL.

      Thank you Mark. I agree. It's never good to mix energy drinks with alcohol. People need to be more informed.

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      Mark Bruno 

      3 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Great article on energy drinks . Also mixing energy drinks with alcohol is not a good thing. I see many people drinking both at the same time. Never even had one can of it in my life. I stick to my coffee .Voted up and interesting and useful.

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