Thursday, August 8, 2013

Today's Energy Drinks

Need an energy boost to get the day started? More and more people are turning to caffeine to function at a higher level whether it be in the form of coffee, soda, or various energy drinks. 

But what exactly are you consuming and how does that compare with other energy drinks out on the market?
 The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) came out with an interesting article earlier this year outlining some interesting facts regarding today's energy drinks, here's some interesting facts that we found.

First of all, what ingredients do these drinks have?
Well in short, they contain various amounts of caffeine, sugar, guarana, cocoa, B vitamins, and various herbs.

Are there health risks associated with consuming energy drinks? 
YES! According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) adolescents should limit their caffeine intake to 100 mg per day. Increased caffeine consumption can lead to an increased heart rate, irregular heart rate/palpitations, increased blood pressure, sleep disturbances, increased urination, and increased blood sugar(hyperglycemia). 

So what is the recommended caffeine intake for adults? According to JAMA adults should limit their caffeine intake to 500 mg caffeine per day. However, individuals with heart problems, or other pre-existing medical conditions should consult their doctor before testing the limits of caffeine consumption.

Now, for the good stuff, how does the caffeine content of various energy drinks stack up against sodas and coffee?

So read your labels and enjoy your limited consumption of course.

For more information check out these sites:
Patient Pages at
National Institutes of Health
American Academy of Pediatrics Clinical Report on Sports Drinks for Children: