Energy drinks have risen in popularity these last few years. With work schedules becoming more hectic and students put under pressure to do well so they can get good jobs, people are chugging drinks to stay energized. However, energy drinks are anything but healthy, and can actually cause serious problems like heart attacks and even death. Here are the worst culprits.
This energy beverage has been linked to high heart rates, increased blood pressure, insomnia, and weight gain. There hasn’t been much concern over long-term health effects, so a Rockstar every now and then is probably fine.
Monster is really high in caffeine, with one 16-ounce can containing twice as much recommended caffeine for teenagers. The drink is also packed with six tablespoons of sugar and a ton of taurine, an ingredient which when combined with caffeine, has been shown to cause calcium build-up in the heart. Add on the high sodium, and you’ve got a recipe for a heart attack.
Arguably the most popular energy drink, Red Bull is extremely high in caffeine, sugar, carbs, and calories. Drinkers have reported feeling sick, anxious, and getting stomach pain. Some deaths have been even connected to Red Bull, as well as neurological problems.
Rip It Power
The discount energy drink of choice, Rip It Power has a very high sugar content and calories clocking in at 260. Weight gain is common, as is feelings of anxiety and sugar crashes.
This low-calorie energy drink has become very popular and promises a 5-hour burst of energy. However, because it is labeled as “dietary supplement” and isn’t regulated by the FDA, the company can get sneaky about its ingredients. Side effects of drinking 5-Hour Energy have included heart attacks, convulsions, and even miscarriages.
Want something healthy to drink that gives you energy? Coffee, green tea, and water all have energy-boosting properties and significantly less (or no) health risks.
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