Energy drinks have been growing in popularity over the past five years with the latest adoption spike in children under the age of 18. Children are overworked, over-scheduled and expected to preform at greater lengths than ever before. Often the solution to their problem is an energy drink. Popping open a can of the latest caffeine laced, sugary soft drink seems harmless enough, but severe health risks hide within its contents.
From Ellen Coleman, MA, MPH, RD, CSSD, Sports dietitian:
Energy drinks can be dangerous for teens, report says potential risks include heart palpitations, seizures, strokes or sudden death.
Caffeine is caffeine whether it comes in an energy drink, cola, or cup of java. Caffeine is also caffeine whether it is synthetic or comes from coffee, tea or another plant (kola nut, guarana, mate).
The word energy refers the conversion of food into fuel for the body. “Energy” drinks are misleading as their source of energy is caffeine and other stimulants. Thus not really energy at all just a drug induced chemical reaction.
Once again it comes back to the same theme I will always return to; there is no magic pill, diet or equipment that can cure your dietary or energy level concerns. Consuming a well balanced diet (including a good breakfast), exercising regularly and getting enough rest will give you far more energy without the crash.