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Energy drinks are “fit for the pit”

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Myth #8: Drinking energy drinks is the best way to get energized.

What Dietitians of Canada says:

“No one needs an energy drink… Energy drinks usually contain lots of sugar; in fact, one energy drink can have up to 14 teaspoons of sugar! Most energy drinks have caffeine, and too much caffeine may cause unwanted side effects such as rapid heartbeat and insomnia… The best way to get energized is to eat well, be active, stay hydrated, and get enough sleep.”

What I say:

Once again, I actually agree with DC! Energy drinks are unnecessary and can be dangerous. Mixing alcohol and energy drinks can be deadly, as can consumption of energy drinks on their own in children. I think that energy drinks should be regulated like alcohol and should not be sold to minors. There needs to be greater awareness about the danger of children and youth consuming energy drinks. I’ve heard of parents giving their children one or two energy drinks before a sports event in a misguided effort to enhance their performance. It aggravates me to see athletic events sponsored by energy drinks.

One thing that DC failed to mention, that is important to be aware of is the caffeine listed on the label of an energy drink is most likely less than the actual total caffeine content in the drink. Companies only have to list added caffeine. That excludes “naturally occurring” caffeine from many ingredients used in energy drinks.

Author: Diana

I'm a registered dietitian from Nova Scotia, living and working in Ontario, Canada. My goal is to help people see food and nutrition from a different perspective and understand that nutrition and health are not necessarily a result of personal choice.

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