Are energy drinks bad even if consumed moderately?

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Are energy drinks bad even if consumed moderately?

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I’ve been drinking two a day for a couple of years now and I’m still alive.

But then again, I am concerned about the health risks involved. That much sugar, caffeine, and vitamins/herbs can’t be good for you.

Energy drinks are bad for your health because the high caffeine content can increase your risk for serious heart issues

Most of them are like drinking a soda, taking a multivitamin and a caffeine pill. Probably not great to have more than one per day. Also too much sugar so drink the zero sugar version

They’re probably not good at all, especially if consumed on a regular basis. Everyone would probably be concerned about the caffeine but that’s not my concern. The other stimulants, high sugar and other garbage in them is no good.

Just drink organic black coffee and you can drink as much as your body can tolerate (within reason).

Not all energy drinks are the same and the answer can really only be meaningful in a lifestyle context.

If someone takes an energy drink prior to their daily gym regimen or their daily 5km run, it probably isn’t doing any harm and probably even helps.

If they’re taking a few energy drinks to stay awake to sit down and play their video games for 8 hrs straight and do this regularly, then the energy drinks are probably not helping.

How “good” or “bad” things are is nearly always a question of moderation and context.

Think of a can of energy drink as “chug 4 cups of coffee, swallow a handful of multivitamins, and eat a scoop of sugar”. “Bad for you” is a relative scale, but I should hope it’s pretty obvious that they’re distinctly leaning away from the “healthy” end of the spectrum.

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Too much sugar is bad for you. Too much caffeine is bad for you. If your energy drink has more than 12g of sugar and 100mg of caffeine, it’s bad for you.

So many horrible answers in this thread. People really need to stop confusing their opinion with actual facts. Why answer a question you don’t really know the answer to?

Moderation is key. I used to work alternating day/night shifts at my old job and would routinely drink 2 cans of Bang (300mg caffeine EACH, essentially almost 2 monsters or 4 red bulls) during 12 hour shifts to remain alert.

That was bad.

But once in a while, an energy drink is not a big deal for your health. Its like having a coffee, soda, and a bunch of vitamins, as has been said.

Most people think about sugar and caffeine as the issues with energy drinks. Sodium is rarely considered. Excessive daily sodium intake is a problem even for people in good health.

Most of the negatives seem to be related to the sugar and calories. Acknowledging this early on, I switched to the Ultra Monster series. Zero sugar and I think around 10 calories in a can. What are the concerns about artificial sweeteners?

I’m a coffee drinker, and when I compare the amount of coffee I drink daily (about 20 to 30 oz) there’s quite a bit less caffeine in energy drinks. In general, they’re fine unless you have a heart condition or something like that. I’m not familiar with all of the other things like taurine and guarana, though. Source: doctor.

Does anyone even find them effective? I kind of assumed everyone was pretending but maybe not? Why do I feel exactly the same whether I drink one or not?

I hope not, I have two Monster Ultra Whites a day when I’m working. Only thing that helps keep me awake at a desk job for 11.5-hr days.

Just assume that **everything** is bad for you unless consumed in moderation. Then your diet and habits will even themselves out.

One thing I haven’t seen mentioned here is the acid that’s in most energy drinks. Sipping on a can of Monster during your shift is really bad for your teeth. If you need the boost, drink it quick(ish), and then get some water.

Worked long ago in a supplement store. Other posters have mentioned it, but it absolutely true: not all drinks are created equal. Some are high sugar (bad), some are absurdly high caffeine (also bad). Sometimes, drinking them too frequently creates a diminishing return due to caffeines effect on your body and creating more of a crash and you end up just trying to remedy conventional caffeine withdrawal.

There are drinks that are better than others and moderation is key; if anything due to diminishing returns and withdrawal symptoms or too much caffeine too frequently. If I am remembering right, drinks like Xyience, Bang, Reign, and sugar free Red Bulls aren’t too bad and can have enough caffeine to be helpful.

I don’t think drinking one sugar free energy drink with a bunch of vitamins in it daily would be terrible, but make sure to monitor your BP & heart rate every so often.

I love Monsters and Bangs. I drink 1-2 a day for the taste. Off topic: I’m curious though, coffee/energy drinks/caffeine straight up doesn’t affect me. I feel no difference afterwards and can literally go to bed directly after drinking one.

Other people say they get the jitters and all hyper and stuff but I’m over here drinking it for the taste and wondering why it doesn’t actually give me “energy” or keep me awake

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Are energy drinks bad even if consumed moderately?

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I’ve been drinking two a day for a couple of years now and I’m still alive.

But then again, I am concerned about the health risks involved. That much sugar, caffeine, and vitamins/herbs can’t be good for you.

Energy drinks are bad for your health because the high caffeine content can increase your risk for serious heart issues

Most of them are like drinking a soda, taking a multivitamin and a caffeine pill. Probably not great to have more than one per day. Also too much sugar so drink the zero sugar version

They’re probably not good at all, especially if consumed on a regular basis. Everyone would probably be concerned about the caffeine but that’s not my concern. The other stimulants, high sugar and other garbage in them is no good.

Just drink organic black coffee and you can drink as much as your body can tolerate (within reason).

Not all energy drinks are the same and the answer can really only be meaningful in a lifestyle context.

If someone takes an energy drink prior to their daily gym regimen or their daily 5km run, it probably isn’t doing any harm and probably even helps.

If they’re taking a few energy drinks to stay awake to sit down and play their video games for 8 hrs straight and do this regularly, then the energy drinks are probably not helping.

How “good” or “bad” things are is nearly always a question of moderation and context.

Think of a can of energy drink as “chug 4 cups of coffee, swallow a handful of multivitamins, and eat a scoop of sugar”. “Bad for you” is a relative scale, but I should hope it’s pretty obvious that they’re distinctly leaning away from the “healthy” end of the spectrum.

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Too much sugar is bad for you. Too much caffeine is bad for you. If your energy drink has more than 12g of sugar and 100mg of caffeine, it’s bad for you.

So many horrible answers in this thread. People really need to stop confusing their opinion with actual facts. Why answer a question you don’t really know the answer to?

Moderation is key. I used to work alternating day/night shifts at my old job and would routinely drink 2 cans of Bang (300mg caffeine EACH, essentially almost 2 monsters or 4 red bulls) during 12 hour shifts to remain alert.

That was bad.

But once in a while, an energy drink is not a big deal for your health. Its like having a coffee, soda, and a bunch of vitamins, as has been said.

Most people think about sugar and caffeine as the issues with energy drinks. Sodium is rarely considered. Excessive daily sodium intake is a problem even for people in good health.

Most of the negatives seem to be related to the sugar and calories. Acknowledging this early on, I switched to the Ultra Monster series. Zero sugar and I think around 10 calories in a can. What are the concerns about artificial sweeteners?

I’m a coffee drinker, and when I compare the amount of coffee I drink daily (about 20 to 30 oz) there’s quite a bit less caffeine in energy drinks. In general, they’re fine unless you have a heart condition or something like that. I’m not familiar with all of the other things like taurine and guarana, though. Source: doctor.

Does anyone even find them effective? I kind of assumed everyone was pretending but maybe not? Why do I feel exactly the same whether I drink one or not?

I hope not, I have two Monster Ultra Whites a day when I’m working. Only thing that helps keep me awake at a desk job for 11.5-hr days.

Just assume that **everything** is bad for you unless consumed in moderation. Then your diet and habits will even themselves out.

One thing I haven’t seen mentioned here is the acid that’s in most energy drinks. Sipping on a can of Monster during your shift is really bad for your teeth. If you need the boost, drink it quick(ish), and then get some water.

Worked long ago in a supplement store. Other posters have mentioned it, but it absolutely true: not all drinks are created equal. Some are high sugar (bad), some are absurdly high caffeine (also bad). Sometimes, drinking them too frequently creates a diminishing return due to caffeines effect on your body and creating more of a crash and you end up just trying to remedy conventional caffeine withdrawal.

There are drinks that are better than others and moderation is key; if anything due to diminishing returns and withdrawal symptoms or too much caffeine too frequently. If I am remembering right, drinks like Xyience, Bang, Reign, and sugar free Red Bulls aren’t too bad and can have enough caffeine to be helpful.

I don’t think drinking one sugar free energy drink with a bunch of vitamins in it daily would be terrible, but make sure to monitor your BP & heart rate every so often.

I love Monsters and Bangs. I drink 1-2 a day for the taste. Off topic: I’m curious though, coffee/energy drinks/caffeine straight up doesn’t affect me. I feel no difference afterwards and can literally go to bed directly after drinking one.

Other people say they get the jitters and all hyper and stuff but I’m over here drinking it for the taste and wondering why it doesn’t actually give me “energy” or keep me awake