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Are Energy Drinks Bad For You?

Our favorite energy drink is giving us more than we bargained for with dangerous amounts of sugar, caffeine, and other ingredients that cause more harm than good.

Research shows that consuming the beverage may have negative effects on blood pressure, heart rate, and brain function. Here are some of the things you need to understand before you have another energy drink.

Since it has a large amount of sugar, the pick me up can cause unnecessary spikes in blood sugar, dental health problems, and weight gain. Be sure to check the label to see how much sugar is in your drink, and compare it to a popular soda. You’ll see that often, energy drinks contain even more sugar than a regular soda.

Energy drinks are also unsafe for kids. Children who drink them are exposing themselves to the same high levels of caffeine and sugar than adults are. Because they are growing, these dangers could have bigger negative effects on their future health than grown-ups. This is why we should talk to kids about energy drinks and offer alternatives like water, fruit juice, or milk.

Another side effect of having too much caffeine and sugar, is that it could lead to dehydration. Obviously, a dehydrated body can’t perform at its best; whether your at your desk or on the playing field. If you’re having energy drink, try to follow it with a large glass of water to keep hydrated.

Before you or your kids have an energy drink, be sure to check the labels and think of alternative energy boost. More often than not adequate rest, water, light exercise, and natural energy derived from foods will supply our bodies with the fuel it needs for ongoing health and performance.

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