According to the Center for Food Safety, there have been 18 deaths that may be linked to energy drinks. Both the New York Attorney General and federal government have begun their investigations into the issue. Maybe it’s time you think twice before reaching for that metal can when you’re feeling tired.
Caffeine is the main ingredient in energy drinks. It takes our bodies only about an hour to feel the impact of caffeine, but it takes twelve hours for our bodies to fully eliminate the substance. The amount of caffeine in the average energy drink is about four times as much as that of a can of soda. To put it in perspective, it’s roughly the same amount of caffeine as a coffee from most places (not Starbucks, they actually have more caffeine than the energy drinks). But the problem isn’t the caffeine.
Amino acids and vitamins are also in energy drinks in large amounts (many times far exceeding the daily recommended amounts). Your morning coffee doesn’t contain these elements. In addition, science has not yet determined what the mix of these ingredients in such a high concentration can do to people. Also, there is a particular amino acid called phenylalanine that cannot be broken down by people with a certain genetic disorder. Many times this disorder remains undiagnosed before it’s too late.
Energy drinks are meant to create an artificial energy boost by using artificial ingredients to do so. The first step in addressing the issue is to try to gain energy naturally through sleep and eating healthier. If you’re still too busy, we recommend sticking to coffee; at least until the effects of said energy drinks have been further evaluated. Though no correlation between the energy drinks and the deaths has been found, there is still cause for concern regarding the potential effects.
Editor’s Note: No one at Fit&Fab; Living is a medical professional. Make sure you always talk with your doctor.