Thinking Before Drinking – 10 Reasons You Should Avoid Energy Drinks

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Almost everywhere you look today, you’ll see energy drinks in a nearly endless assortment of flavors.

Over the past decade, the energy drink industry has exploded as teens and adults consume these drinks in unprecedented numbers.

Despite fears about safety and the effects that these beverages might have on health, sales have shown consistent growth from 2008 to 2013.

Before you grab your next energy beverage, though, consider these 10 reasons why you should avoid these drinks altogether.

1. High Sugar Content

Most people know that soft drinks, in general, are loaded with sugar. Unfortunately, energy drinks contain even more sugar than the average soda, and the sugar content in these beverages can range from 21 to 34 grams in an 8 ounce serving.

These sugars come in the variety of high fructose corn syrup, glucose, or sucrose. If you were to consume multiple energy drinks per day you could easily take in 120-180 milligrams of sugar, and this can total 4-6 times the maximum daily intake recommendations.

The high sugar levels in energy beverages can be detrimental to your overall health.

High levels of sugar can promote dehydration by reducing the body’s ability to utilize fluids.

The high sugar content in these drinks can also be detrimental to the health of your teeth, which can be especially problematic for children and teens that may not have the best oral hygiene habits.

The high sugar content in energy drinks can also lead to obesity and related diseases, and consuming these drinks can sabotage your efforts to maintain or lose weight. Controlled trials have shown that consuming beverages sweetened with sugar can increase body fat and body weight.

Excessive consumption of these beverages may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome not only through weight gain but also by causing insulin resistance.

1 Comment

  1. MFSB

    May 9, 2014 at 1:13 am

    This article brought to you by the bottled water association.

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