How Bad Are Energy Drinks?

Energy drinks and what they can do to the body have always been a bit of a controversial topic. They’re loaded with caffeine and other chemicals that are not good for the heart, yet I still see a lot of people drinking them on a daily basis. I myself have one from time to time, so I wanted to do some research in order to better understand just how bad they can be for the human body.

The article I linked above from Men’s Health explains that researchers who have conducted various studies about the dangers of consuming energy drinks have concluded that they can spark a wide array of health complications. Weight gain, insomnia, spikes in blood pressure, and the possibility of encouraging substance abuse, mental illness, diabetes, tooth decay and kidney problems are all examples of the damage energy drinks can have upon the body when consumed frequently.

The reason for all this damage? The excessive levels of sugar in these drinks. The average 500 ml can of an energy drink contains approximately 54 grams of sugar, an amount that seriously exceeds the American Heart Association’s recommended daily dose.

So why is a lot of sugar so detrimental? Excess sugar makes it difficult for the body to process and digest it, therefore it requires more insulin to assist the glucose to penetrate the cells. This insulin resistance could eventually progress to Type 2 Diabetes, and high blood sugar levels in the body over time can damage nerves and blood vessels, potentially encouraging the progression of heart disease and kidney complications.

Do I think these health consequences will occur if you drink a Monster from time-to-time? Probably not, but it’s definitely a good idea to stay away from energy drinks as much as possible considering the damage they can do. Opt for some coffee or a nap instead.

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