Too Many Energy Drinks?

Energy Drinks

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.

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Sugar doesn’t actually have any direct correlation on bodycomposition &/or diabetes mate

Taking a cautious approach with energy drinks is a good view to have, but be careful not to fall into fear mongoring,

for example, a can of redbull has 80mg of caffein, the average cup of coffee has about 100mg,

sugar content in a can of redbull is high, almost the daily RDA per one 250mil can, BUT the sugar free version has since overtaken the original in sales with more than a 70/30 ratio, infact the vast majority of the top sellers are sugar free versions (monster etc)

So the UK’s top selling can of red bull actually has LESS caffein & sugar (zero sugar) than a regular cup of coffee

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ‘pro’ energy drinks, I’m just for evidence based information & making sure people have access to the truth so they can be empowered & make they’re own informed choices :slight_smile:

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Hello Maxnas, thank you for your comments.

I just wanted to clarify a few points you’ve raised. I agree, there is no direct correlation with sugar and diabetes, I suggested sugar could be a contributing factor to obesity and diabetes. The point I tried to suggest is that Energy drinks can be high in sugar and caffeine. The former can add to calorie consumption and the later have an effect on sleep and anxiety. Apologies if the messages were not very clear, I do not intend to create fear mongering but similar to yourself, I would encourage people to make informed choices.

I think it’s important to have clear messages on this forum and my post was directed at the 30% you quoted who may still be buying Energy drinks while unaware of the high sugar and caffeine values. As far as I am aware (and my specialism is not obesity or diabetes) the definite causes of these disease are still undecided but Stephan Guynet (2018) outlines the argument so far.

I think it is becoming more clear that Energy drinks could be a contributing factor for childhood obesity and is reviewed by Field et al., (2014) (although this was a few years ago and in the US but it might help us in the UK get a clearer picture.) Again, I know this forum is for men but the majority might be fathers and may find this information interesting.

A more digestible article than those I have referenced above is one from the Guardian published yesterday which is reporting on a study from Teeside University. Here the article outlines some interesting comments from children on their perceptions of Energy drinks and how they may be regulated. The author is Amy Flemming and the article is called " Flying high: kids in the UK are wild about energy drinks - but how harmful are they?"

Thanks again for your comments Maxnus, I could see the confusion from my first post and how it could appear “fear mongering” but I hope I have clarified a few issues and provided suitable evidence based information.

Apologies but I cannot add links to this post but for further reading the references are:

Guynet. S., (2018). Why the carbohydrate-insulin model of obesity is probably wrong: A supplementary reply to Ebbeling and Ludwig’s JAMA article

Field, A.E., Sonneville, K.R., Falbe, J., Flint, A., Haines, J., Rosner, B. and Camargo Jr, C.A., 2014. Association of sports drinks with weight gain among adolescents and young adults. Obesity , 22 (10), pp.2238-2243.

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stephan guyenet is awsome, have you read his book ‘the hungry brain’?

I highly recommend it! :slight_smile:

Will do mate thanks for the suggestion!

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