Energy drinks are as harmful as alcohol?
Read about this Article and it raised some concerns on my end. It has never occurred to moi that Energy drinks market can be so huge and dangerous. No one is watching them and things could get out of hand according to the writer of this article who has been following the trend of Energy drinks which used to be dominated by Red Bull.
According to Wikipedia, Energy drinks are actually soft drinks which are marketed as being able to provide you with more "Energy" than an average drink. Why so and how do they do that? Well it's not surprising that Caffeine is indeed one of the main ingredients in most of the drinks. Caffeine gives our body a temporary "energy boost" whenever we consume it. Don't be fooled by the Guarana or Yerba Mate in the Energy drinks. They are the same as caffeine in coffee or tea.
Many other "New Age" Energy drinks claim to contain Vitamins and lots of other herbs such as Gingko Bilobao. But seriously, we all know they are just drinks with high levels of sugar to give the adrenaline rush in your body.
Why is it a health concern? Energy drinks can be fatal. It can cause seizures (certain forms of epilepsy) resulting from a sudden decrease in Energy high after consumption. Several deaths are linked to heavy consumption of Energy drinks.
Being laden with caffeine, it is advisable for children or women of reproductive age to limit the Energy drinks in their diets. Too much caffeine can cause anxiousness and jittery behaviour in most individuals. I can't consume more than 3 cups a day. My heart will be pumping at such a fast rate that I will feel so uncomfortable!
Moreover, Energy drinks are typically mixed with alcohols. There are certain premixes in market according to the article and that is indeed another reason for us to be concern about the sale of Energy drinks to young children.
Do watch out for these cleverly disguised Energy drinks. Should we ban them? Or should we appeal to supermarkets to place these drinks together with alcoholic drinks? Let's hear your views on this issue.