I’m going to take a stand today against energy drinks and how badly they’ve taken over America.
For those who don’t know what energy drinks are (where have you been?) they defined as “soft drinks advertised as boosting energy. These drinks usually do not emphasize energy derived from the calories they contain,but rather through a choice of caffeine, vitamins, and herbal supplements the manufacturer has combined.”
You’ll see energy drinks virtually at any gym or even at the local high school as students drinks them after buying them at the local 7-Eleven with their parent’s lunch money.
I’m going to say this once and for all…energy drinks are a crock.
Energy drinks are nothing more than sugar and caffeine designed to give you a quick sugar rush and then leave your body crashing soon afterwards.
They also claim to have other ingredients that are meant to make you feel as though you have more energy such as B vitamins and taurine.
Well to be frank, energy drinks are nothing more than well marketed sugar water.
You’ll see the cans with their eye-grabbing logos and it’ll look really cool but you’ll be wasting your money on them.
Energy drinks can cost between $2-4 for a can smaller than a can of soda and the quick fix that it supposedly provides is nothing more than a rush of sugar. You could do the same by eating some Skittles.
Their popularity as undoubtedly risen over the past two decades and are huge in the rave scene (where people stay up all night dancing). In fact, many raves don’t even sell alcohol because it’s a depressant and they don’t want people to leave, instead they’ll focus on selling energy drinks to keep people in their clubs til the wee hours of the morning.
Another popular drink you’ll find people at the bar drinking is a mixture of an energy drink and alcohol such as the ever-so-popular Jägerbomb. This is a deadly combination as you’re mixing a depressant with an stimulant.
This has caused a few deaths and will undeniably give you a bad hangover the next morning.
They’ve also found people who mix energy drinks and alcohol have a weaker perception of how drunk they really are and are way more likely to keep drinking. This has lead to more sexual assaults, drunk driving accidents and more overly-drunken people.
The vitamins that are in these energy drinks are B vitamins and they are water-soluble vitamins. Meaning you’re body will only absorb as much as it needs and it will pee out the rest. You’ll notice a bright yellow tint to your pee if you’ve been taking your multi-vitamin.
Energy drinks are a marketing machine getting people hyped up on caffeinated sugar water. Athletes how use these drinks are much more likely to become dehydrated, suffered heat stroke, tremors and heart attacks.
Researchers have said that if you’re a teen or adolescent athlete that you should only be drinking water before, during, and after training.
So why doesn’t the FDA come in and do something about it?
Well it’s out of their jurisdiction they say. Since the FDA treats energy drinks as dietary supplements, as long as the manufactorer isn’t putting anything illegal in it’s drink they can’t tell them what to do. The manufactorer decides how much caffeine, sugar, taurine, vitamins etc. they want to put in the drinks.
So I hope this helps with your decision to drink and promote energy drinks. I think it’s pretty obvious my stance on the matter and if you’re looking for long term goals then I honestly suggest working on improving your nutrition, sleep, training and mental strengths.
And stay off the over-marketed caffeinated sugar water. Here are some of my favorite ways to get more energy that I’m hoping everyone would follow over pounding down these nuclear energy drinks.
Josh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition Science. He’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and he’s a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) by American Council on Exercise. He’s worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at the high school and college levels. He has over 15 years of experience as a personal trainer and nutrition coach. He is also the author of The Flat Belly Formula. He strives to bring inspiration and results for people to live healthier lives through smart diet and exercise.