Turns out those drinks, no matter what the claims, are mostly just another way to get caffeine. (And, let’s face it…caffeine does help to stay alert and focused….when used moderately…that’s the key). The other ingredients (while they may sound exotic) don’t really do anything.
In 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a report to say that energy drinks are never appropriate for children and teens. Caffeine has been linked to harmful effects on developing cardiovascular and neurological systems. And, don’t confuse energy drinks with sports drinks. Sports drinks are meant to rehydrate – energy drinks don’t!
A safe amount of caffeine is about 200-300mg. How much is in your energy drink? Check out this report from Consumer Reports.
I was recently on Daytime TV talking about energy drinks. Check out the video on YouTube.