WHAT'S THE BUZZ ON ENERGY DRINKS?

An energy drink is a beverage that contains caffeine and other ingredients.  Energy drinks are classified as a dietary supplement. Because of this, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not monitor what ingredients go into energy drinks.

What are the main ingredients?

Energy drinks are most notable for having a lot of caffeine. Other ingredients include sugar, B-vitamins and herbal blends.  Since these drinks are not regulated by the FDA, the specific ingredients and the amounts of each ingredient are unknown.  There may be safety concerns for some of the ingredients as well. 

Why might they be used?

Someone might use an energy drink to:

  • increase energy
  • increase focus
  • fit in socially
  • mix with alcoholic drinks

What are some concerns with energy drinks?

The over use of sugar and caffeine have been linked to health concerns such as:

  • anxiety
  • high blood pressure
  • irregular heart beat
  • trouble sleeping
  • obesity
  • type 2 diabetes

What do you think?

  • Do you think teenagers should regularly consume energy drinks?
  • What are other potential dangers of consuming energy drinks?
  • What are other ways someone could get an energy boost? 

Sources:

U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Micronutrient Information Center at the Linus Pauling Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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