Energy drinks and health
What’s the daily get-up-and-go routine of today’s active American? Roll out of bed and fuel-up with a strong cup of Joe to get the motor running, chug an energy drink in the afternoon to get through the mid-day blahs and finish off the day with an athletic performance-enhancing supplement before hitting the gym.
Sound familiar? It’s a pretty common scenario, and not for just millennials either.
Energy drinks and health
It’s true that many millennials artificially energize themselves habitually with unhealthy beverages that are often highly caffeinated and loaded with sugar, but a growing body of scientific evidence shows a significant increase in health problems resulting from energy drink consumption among various age groups from adolescents to adults over the age of 40.
Data in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) Report shows a surge in recent years in the number of emergency department visits involving energy drinks, which doubled from 2007 to 2011. Although there were more patients aged 18 to 39 than other age groups involved in energy drink-related visits, the largest increase was among patients aged 40 or older, whose visits nearly quadrupled.
According to the report, most of these patients commonly complained of headaches, anxiety, an irregular heartbeat and heart attack.
Health risks of energy drinks
This report also notes a significant number of cases where patients are either mixing energy drinks with alcohol or engaging in a strenuous activity during use.
Given that the marketing campaigns of companies like Red Bull and Monster – number one and two in the energy drink market respectively – feature extreme sports stunts and promises to “give you wings” and “unleash the beast,” why wouldn’t people think they are supposed to work out and party hard with the beast or winged-bull in hand?
Despite widespread reports of serious injuries and deaths related to the consumption of popular beverage brands like Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy and Monster Energy, energy drinks are still just as popular as sports drinks.
Most documented health concerns associated with energy drinks focus on caffeine content. The amounts of caffeine in energy drinks vary widely, and the actual caffeine content may not be easily identified. Surprisingly, this information is often not included in the product label. In fact, many of these beverage brands don’t include basic nutrition fact label information or ingredient lists on their websites.
A Consumer Reports Investigation tested 27 popular energy drinks. Eleven didn’t list the amount of caffeine on the label. Among the 16 products that did, five had more than 20% more caffeine than the label claimed. One had about 70% less.
Leading physicians consistently warn of the diuretic effects of overly-caffeinated energy drinks, often containing high amounts of sugar and other additives.
“People in our fast-paced, modern world are faced with intense pressure for academic, career and social success,” said Brent Agin, M.D., Trim Nutrition founding physician. “We created Mini Trim energy shots to offer a natural alternative to boost energy for people who strive to live healthier lifestyles.”
Mini Trim energy shots are low calorie, low carb, low sodium, low sugar, gluten free and packed with 12 vitamins, 4 minerals, 15 herbs and 12 amino acids, for a healthy surge of energy with no crash.
“Mini Trim has an earthy flavor,” Dr. Agin said. “I did not want to compromise the integrity of the natural ingredients by adding more sugar or other unnatural additives, so Mini Trim tastes like it should – a healthy, natural, herb-infused energy drink.”
See how Mini Trim compares to other popular energy drink/shot brands.
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