Energy Drinks and there effects on the human body.
Have you ever wondered what the side effects were after drinking an energy drink? People buy these types of drinks all the time and they are very popular with the younger groups. They give you a boost of energy but they can also make you sick. There are many different brands of energy drinks on the market the most popular are Red Bull and Monster. People are now mixing these with alcohol which has a serious side effect.
There are several ingredients in energy drinks: caffeine, taurine, b vitamins, inositol, ginseng, glucuronolactone, artificial sweeteners, ginkgo biloba, and l-carnitine. The caffeine in these drinks can cause dizziness, jitters, nausea, irritability and nervousness. You can also have an allergic reaction like: a rash, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue. To many b vitamins like vitamin (B3) can cause flushing of the skin. Ginkgo biloba can cause nausea, vomiting, heart palpitations and the l-carnitine can cause headache, diarrhea, sleep difficulty.
Why do people buy these drinks? Because they give you an energy boost when you need it. These types of drinks are more popular with the teens and college kids they drink these to give them a boost when they are studying or partying to help them stay awake but when the effects of the drink wears off they feel more tired than they already were. These drinks contain more caffeine then a regular soda a normal soda has 25-40 milligrams of caffeine and the energy drink has 280 milligrams of caffeine. This much caffeine can affect your heart rate and blood pressure. Having this much caffeine in your body can make you heart rate become accelerated. These sorts of drinks can also cause dehydration which is not good on your body.
Mixing energy drinks and alcohol has become popular with people. It says that when you mix the two together the energy drinks counteracts the depressant effect of...
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Energydrinks are non-alcoholic beverages which are intended to provide a quick burst of high energy to the consumer. These may be prepared with a composition of methylxanthines, caffeine, natural flavors, some herbal components or specific vitamins including Vitamins B. They may also contain taurine, guarana, maltodextrin, ginseng, carnitine, inositol, glucuronolactone, creatine and ginkgobiloba. Most products include artificial sugar. The primary active component is generally caffeine.
Japan and Thailand have a longer history of energydrinks and the use of caffeine has been a key ingredient in those countries. Energydrinks acting as an alternative to coffee were first introduced in Europe. The market received a significant boost when Red Bull entered the US market in 1997. After this successful market introduction, various beverage companies including Coca-Cola and Pepsi entered the market. Austria-based Red Bull remains the market leader though with an approximate market share of 65%. According to Beverage Marketing, the growth rate of this industry had been doubling every since the late 90s. The current U.S. domestic market may be approximately $4 billion, expected to grow to an estimated US $10 billion by 2010.
Recent years have witnessed the emergence of several new energy...
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EnergyDrinks; Is the Rush Worth the Risk?
Red Bull gives you wings! Monster, Unleash the Beast! Burn. Fire to Drink. Most Americans are familiar with these slogans, and many Americans live by them. Teens and young adults consume energydrinks on a daily basis. Lately, the media has been targeting energydrinks. While energydrinks may give us that boost we want to get through the day, they have been linked to many medical incidents and ever a handful of deaths. Leading us to ask the question, is the rush worth the risk? Considering the common ingredients of these drinks, my personal experience consuming energydrinks, and the number of medical incidents and deaths involving energydrinks, I affirm that energydrinks are not as harmful as the media makes them out to be.
The most common ingredients of energydrinks, the ones that are thought to give us that “boost” are Taurine, Caffeine, and the B-Complex. Taurine is an amino acid naturally produced by our bodies that helps regulate energy levels, muscle contractions, and heartbeat. Studies and research of Taurine tend to contradict. For example, it is said that an excess of pure synthetically produced...
...Energydrinks should be regulated due to the fact that they cause health problems and the consumer is not aware because there are minimal, if any, labels. They claim to have some nutritional value in them said to give a “quick burst of energy.” In today’s market, there are so many different types of energydrinks that teenagers consume like Monster and Red Bull. Within these drinks there are numerous ingredients that may lead to some health risks. It has been requested from the Food and Drug Administration to regulate these energydrinks by enforcing stricter labeling methods of the ingredients and possible side effects (Farley 1). Since consumers do not know what they are consuming monthly, or even daily, they later face health problems like caffeine intoxication, which may lead to an increase in heart rate and blood pressure (Farley 1).
Energydrinks are composed of several different ingredients, but the main ones are B-vitamins, guarana, taurine and caffeine. The B vitamin, a ready source of energy, is added to the energydrinks to make up for a dietary deficiency. Guarana comes from the seeds of the guarana plant whose seeds contain high levels of caffeine. Guarana can contain “three to four times the amount of caffeine as coffee beans” (Sabbah 1). Taurine, an amino...
...Are EnergyDrinks Safe?
Whether it is a long night studying or just not ready for the day, college students choose to drinkenergydrinks to get full energy. These highly caffeinated drinks come with stimulating names such as Red Bull, Monster, Full Throttle, or Rockstar. Although these drinks are marketed as a healthful stimulant, consumers should be aware of the potential side effects, as they can be very harmful to one’s health.
Energydrinks are beverages whose producers advertise that they “boost energy”. These advertisements usually do not emphasize energy derived from the sugar they contain, but rather increased energy is due to a variety of stimulants, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Energydrinks generally contain ingredients such a sugar, guarana, ginseng, taurine, B vitamins, carnitine, and ginkgo biloba. Guarana is a leading producer of caffeine, which is the main ingredient in many of the drinks. The caffeine herbs, vitamins and other ingredients combined in energydrinks are supposed to improve strength, endurance, and mental function. According to an article from WebMD, “Since Red Bull, the first energydrink to hit the U.S. market, launched in 1997, the...
...greatest effect on industry attractiveness is competition from substitutes. This is why there were many substitutes to alternative beverages that were sold at lower prices. The competitive force with the greatest effect on profitability of new entrants is a threat of entry.
The market for energydrinks, sports drinks and vitamin-enhanced drinks is changing in several ways. There is innovation of products with the rise of drinks containing additional nutrients and introduction of energy shots. Furthermore, the industry is also considering consolidation options in an attempt of reducing distribution costs, for example Coca-Cola distributed Hansen’s Monster energydrink. The drivers of change are changes in the long-term growth rate, industry consolidation and introduction of new innovative products into the industry. The forces individually or collectively may not cause big changes in the attractiveness of the industry. The reason for that is there is no evidence that the big companies of alternative beverages will practice unhealthy and aggressive competition for market dominance.
My strategic group map of energydrinks, sports drink and vitamin enhanced beverage industry is categorized by considering the scope of geographic distribution of producers and brand...
The use of energydrinks in the United States has increased more than the controversial consumption of regular sodas. According to Coca-Cola executives, profits from energy products since 2005 through 2008 will total $540 million, compared with $210 million for regular soft drinks, $130 million for bottled water and $290 million for sports drinks (Warner). So what is it about this drinks that make them more popular than our pure and vital water? The answer is very simple; our hectic lifestyles. Today’s society is filled with exhaustion and high stress levels; many people rely on energydrinks to give them that second wind, which helps them stay awake through a test, and even revive them for a party. According to Simmons Research, thirty-one percent of teenagers in the United States say they drinkenergydrinks on a regular basis. People use energydrinks to boost their energy so they can be able to perform better, but because energydrinks contain ingredients that harm the human body they should be banned all over the world.
There are some factors that increase the popularity of energydrinks. For example the easy to grab structure in which they are packed. The small container...
Interview with a Nutritionist about EnergyDrinks
Have you ever asked yourself if energydrinks are good or bad for your health? Well, that question came to my mind and many more. I see energydrinks everywhere I go, and that makes me feel intrigued. I see them in commercials, movies, my work, and school. It looks like it is cool to drink them. I have a lot of friends that drinkenergydrinks every day. I don’t know the side effects, but what I know is that energydrinks became very popular in the U.S. That’s why I decided to interview professional nutritionists. First, I sent emails to three different nutritionists of Santa Rosa Junior College. All of them replied it my email; one of them had medical problems, so she wasn’t able to do it. The second one was Anne O’Donnell. She said that she would be happy to help me, and she sent me her office time. I told her that I am a student of the ESL program, and I had to do an interview about energydrink. I explained to her that it would be just ten questions, and would only take less than 30 minutes. She was able to be my interviewee, and she was very kind also. Anne O’Donnell is a nutritionist who teaches Consumer & Family Studies in Santa Rosa Junior College. I am so...
...said“what goes up must come down” .This rings true when talking about energydrinks. These products promise to provide heightened awareness, more energy, more endurance some even reference to the consumer you will have wings. So when consuming these products what are you really drinking? Do they provide the energy boost they promise? Are they harmful? Should the FDA do more investigating into the safety of these so-calledenergydrinks? These are questions I had going into this as a consumer of energydrinks myself, I was interested in how harmful they are too the consumer. In this paper I hope to provide a better insight to a product that is popular and in demand; but little is known about.
What Are You Drinking?
Energydrinks contain most of the same major ingredients caffeine, taurine, glucronolactone, niacin and panax ginseng just to list a few. Let’s start with caffeine it is a central nervous system stimulant that has the effect of temporarily warding off drowsiness and restoring alertness. As of studies done by (Lovett, Richard) 90% of adults consume caffeine daily in different ways. Most of the energy from these drinks comes from the sugar and caffeine not the unnecessary extras (Suzanne Farrell MS, RD). Taurine another main ingredient is actually an amino acid that is found in...