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Energy Drinks Are Not Sports Drinks

Energy Drinks Are Not Sports Drinks

With the warmer weather, track season, picnics, and outdoor activities being
planned, we felt it was important to caution everyone about the differences
between sports drinks and energy drinks…

What are Energy Drinks? Energy drinks contain large amounts of caffeine and
sugar with varying additional ingredients such as B vitamins, amino acids, and
herbal stimulants. They are marketed primarily to young adults as a stimulant.

What are the Dangers? Although energy drinks are not the only beverages that
contain sugar, caffeine, and other stimulants, they are a particular danger
because they often are not sipped but chugged, thus quickly producing the
energy they are advertised for. This sudden overload of caffeine and stimulants
causes an increased and occasionally deadly overload on the heart and
circulation. The combination of ingredients has not been studied to determine if
they are safe. Finally, they may be easily confused with sports drinks, which
contain carbohydrates and electrolytes to replace those lost with perspiration.

The caffeine and stimulants in energy drinks actually lead to dehydration, which
has caused serious health problems among athletes.

Compiled from www.altmedicine.about.com, www.dangersofenergydrinks.com,
and www.en.wikipedia.org.

 

Energy Drinks Are Not Sports Drinks

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