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Why Energy Drinks are Bad for You

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The energy market has a net worth of $39 billion in 2013 and is about to reach $61 billion by 2021. Health experts say that it may be bad for your health. The American Academy of Pediatrics say that children should not drink this and it is a danger to health. Dr John Higgins, say that energy drinks contain large amounts of caffeine, added sugars, and stimulants such as the guarana which grows in the Amazon. Taurine, a amino acid that turns fat into energy.

“Overall, the concern is that these vitamins, amino acids and herbals are often in higher concentrations than naturally in food or plants, and the effects when combined especially with caffeine may be enhanced,” says Katherine Zeratsky, a clinical dietitian at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. After you drink an energy drink, your heart rate increases. Though, energy drinks had not only been shown that it increases stress levels, it also makes your blood thicker. It has been shown that the guarana plant that grows in the Amazon, already contains caffeine, which doubles up the drinks limit. There has been a case where some people drink one energy drink then go into cardiac arrest.

The taurine can block your arteries which stops the blood from going to your heart. Large amounts of caffeine, can not only affect your body but also your brain. Since you can only drink up to 200 mg of caffeine, drinking over that may be intoxication (getting drunk). For children 12 to 18, that should not be drinking over 100 mg a day. Over 1200 Americans who where the age 12 to 17, had been to the emergency room for energy drink cases.

Sources:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/26/health/energy-drinks-health-concerns-explainer/

https://www.caffeineinformer.com/top-10-energy-drink-dangers

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