Energy Drinks and Cardiovascular Health

JacquieNutrition, Wellness

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            We have all had nights where we didn’t get enough sleep, and the next morning we needed a boost of energy. Most people choose to consume a super-caffeinated energy drink to give them this pick-me-up. Energy drinks are usually a mix of caffeine, sugars or artificial sugars, flavorings, vitamins, and taurine. Besides the mega-doses of caffeine, the added ingredients make these beverages extremely unhealthy because they are full of added sugars and many empty calories. Dr. Ragavendra Baliga, MD, is a cardiologist with Ohio State University Medical Center and he cautions against consuming these drinks because there are many unknown health effects.

            Energy drink manufacturers are not required by the FDA to disclose the levels of caffeine in their energy drinks. Too much caffeine can overstimulate the nervous system and lead to an increased or irregular heart rate and a rise in blood pressure. According to Environmental Nutrition, “A 2014 American Journal of Cardiology review found adverse cardiovascular events and even cardiac arrest among heavy energy drink users. With caffeine-spiked drinks skyrocketing, you can see why emergency room visits related to these products has increased at least 10-fold in recent years.”

Information provided by Environmental Nutrition