by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Tips, April 4, 2012
by Toby Amidor in Food News, April 6, 2010
Not to be confused with sports drinks, these trendy beverages are a dangerous mix of sugar, chemicals and stimulants. We won’t keep you in suspense – they’re no good!
Why They Look Good
The promise of popping open a can and slurping immediate energy sure is appealing. Too bad it’s too good to be true. With names like Rocktstar, Monster, Red Bull and Amp they appeal to adolescents, college students and anyone who could use a boost. Celebrity endorsements and sponsorship of athletic teams also adds to the appeal. Flashy packaging and the fact that you can buy them at any grocery store or gas station further leads consumers to believe that they must be safe.
by Toby Amidor in Food News, January 13, 2009
Guarana is a new caffeine alternative that’s all the rage in energy drinks these days. A few weeks ago, a pregnant client told me she was drinking guarana-flavored soda instead of coffee because she thought it was a healthier pick. Thing is, guarana actually contains much more caffeine than coffee. The takeaway: Guarana isn’t always safe. Read up on the facts and find out if it’s right for you.
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Every so often you may go looking for a boost. Sometimes you turn to a cup of coffee or a brisk walk, but you may be tempted to reach for an extra stimulant.
The market is laden with energy drinks such as Venom, Cocaine and WhoopAss. These beverages contain high amounts of caffeine, amino acids and dangerous amounts of legal (yet non FDA-regulated) stimulants such as guarana and ginseng. Although these supplements claim to be “energy enhancers,” there is limited evidence that energy drinks increase mental and physical performance.