It seems that society have become obsessed with energy drinks. Caffeinated soda and coffee aren’t cutting it anymore. Although coffee and specialty coffee drinks have become pretty popular. There has been a significant increase in the number of boutique coffee shops opening across the country. So much so that even fast food chains have changed in how they market coffee by offering coffee specialty drinks that are compatible with the drinks that boutique coffee shops offer.
Coffee itself will give you a boost of energy. The average cup of coffee has anywhere from 95-125 milligrams of caffeine. That will wake you up in the morning or when you’re feeling sluggish in the middle of the day. However, coffee takes some time to prepare and is traditionally served hot. Energy drinks have become popular because of the ease in preparation and the high amount of caffeine in them. Just buy them, pop them in the fridge and consume when you need it. Some don’t even need refrigeration. They are consumed at room temperature or added to any drink to give you a boost of energy when you need it. Some can have up to 275 milligrams of caffeine, which is almost double of what coffee has to offer. That much caffeine is not harmful to your health. A healthy adult can safely consume up to 400 milligrams of caffeine per day without any side effects.
When do energy drinks and caffeine start having negative side effects? When adolescents and teenagers are consuming too much of it. When healthy adults are consuming too much caffeine and too many energy drinks or coffee. The other ingredients in these drinks are just as unhealthy as consuming too much caffeine. There are additives, like carnitine, that can cause nausea and vomiting when consumed in large amounts. Other ingredients like ginkgo biloba and ginseng that can have adverse effect with taken with blood sugar control medications and blood thinners. Not to mention the extremely high amount of sugar in some of the drinks. One energy drink can have as much as 54 grams of sugar in one serving. That’s almost double the amount of sugar found in a serving of soda.
Coffee, soda, and energy drinks by themselves are not a health hazard. Consuming multiple servings in one day can cause serious side effects. For adults, consuming more than 600 milligrams of caffeine in per day can result in insomnia and insomnia related health issues, restlessness, upset stomach, irritability, fast heartbeat, muscle tremors, and other side effects. Not to mention the health issues associated with a diet containing high amounts of sugar.
Over all, coffee, soda, and energy drinks are not bad for you if consumed in moderation. Remember that a healthy intake of caffeine for an adult is 600 milligrams per day. Be mindful of the amount of sugar and other ingredients in these energy drinks. Awareness of these things can prevent harmful side effects.