Energy drinks are the latest craze in the food and drinks industry with adults and children alike buying them. But are they that bad for us? YES.
The purpose of sports drinks (Lucozade, Gatorade etc.) is to replace sugars and electrolytes that we lose during exercise. BUT water does a terrific job at doing this too, without the additional sugars to your day. If you have been playing 30 minutes of football your body will be more than capable of stabilising its blood sugars without the help of energy drinks and water will be perfect for rehydration. If you often feel weak and exhausted to the point where you cannot walk after 30 minutes of football, have a rest, eat some fruit and drink water.
Energy drinks are filled with caffeine and sugars and we are drinking them to dangerous levels. ESPECIALLY CHILDREN! If you are a parent, please do not give your kids energy or isotonic drinks. Unless little 10 year old Jimmy has finished a marathon he probably doesn’t need an energy drink!
Too much caffeine can increase stress, anxiety and reduce sleep quality. Too much sugar can stop you from losing weight and increases the chances of diabetes and other illnesses.
400 mg of caffeine MAX a day. For help Google Caffeine Informer
30 g of sugar MAX a day.