Have you ever wondered if these energy drinks actually are good for you? For some of us, even me I will turn to an energy drink sometimes to perk me up at work, but they can also have the potency to be used as a pre-workout in some varieties. There are tons of them out there, too many to mention in fact, and the biggest names have some many variants out there and even special editions.
It’s a massive market, in 2014 it was estimated at $44 billion worldwide, the biggest players in that market being Red Bull arguably. It all started to hit a worldwide audience in 1997 for Red Bull, they are now sold in over 167 countries. Monster is arguably the next biggest contender in the market, after a deal with Coca-Cola they now own a host of energy brands alongside their own named drinks, relentless now being a part of that network.
It’s clear to see that these drinks are here to stay. All use branding to make them sound healthy and different varieties cater for those of us wanting a diet or sugar-free version. But how healthy is all this stuff for us? It’s now starting to take over the likes of coca-cola and other fizzy drinks as the health organisations are fighting against that sort of drink now.
So are energy drinks really bad for you?
Energy drinks are heavily loaded in general with caffeine, not just a coffee’s worth but sometimes up to the value of 4 times a cup of coffee. Research undertaken in Scotland showed that a volunteers heart rate went up by 20% just after having an energy drink. The side-effects from taking these can be high blood pressure and increased heart rate, as the majority of people taking these are not involved in any sort of exercise the risk of high blood pressure is dangerous for them.
I think it’s more a case of when and how often energy drinks are used by people. Caffeine is a stimulant which can increase aerobic endurance, but the side effects of increased heart rate and raised blood pressure can be dangerous for some. If you aren’t in a healthy state then an increased heart rate and a more forceful heartbeat could actually be incredibly dangerous.
Calorie content on these drinks can be a lot bigger than you think, a large can of Monster, for example, can be up to 220 calories per can. That extra calorie content can start to add up through the day. 2 can make up nearly 25% of the daily recommended calorie intake for a woman, this calorie intake is mainly carbohydrates in the form of sugars.
Do Energy Drinks have a place in sports?
Honestly, i believe they can be useful, I certainly have used them and will continue to in sports. But I also hydrate and have an active lifestyle, I do use them at work but certainly not every day. I find them useful for a bit of a boost for alertness and focus on a game or workout situation.
The message to take away from this is that energy drinks along with a lot of things are fine in moderation. Once you start to take in large quantities of caffeine it can start to get dangerous, caffeine not only can have an effect on your body but your mind too. Be sure that you are looking after yourself both mentally and physically, an addiction to something like energy drinks can be a dangerous thing.
In the future there are likely to be a massive crackdown on these high energy drinks. They are possibly getting away with their advertising at the minute to those vulnerable to being taken in by the advertising. It’s clear that none of these drinks will turn you into a superstar athlete but by association, people can be taken in and made to believe that they NEED these to be successful. Are they doing you harm, no if taken moderately, but yes if people are having too much.
So the same with a lot of things in life really from my point of view, if taken in moderation they are fine. They aren’t possibly the healthiest thing for you, but for a quick burst of energy they are certainly useful. My personal favourite is Monster – Valentino Rossi addtion.
This is all just my opinion though, if you are worried i would advise you consult medical help.