How can there be so many ingredients in energy drinks that are extremely detrimental to human health?

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How can there be so many ingredients in energy drinks that are extremely detrimental to human health?

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They are tasty.

Most people who buy energy drinks want energy and flavor. Those parameters are independent from nutrition, but people won’t pay more for a non-tasty beverage.

Everything is “extremely detrimental to human health” in a large enough amount. Energy drinks are loaded with tons of water and sugar, then tiny amounts of everything else.

They’re mostly marketing to sell sugar water.

“The dose makes the poison”. Everything can be detrimental if the dose is wrong. Most energy drinks are not dangerous to start with, but tend to supply over the top doses of stimulants like caffeine or vitamins like B6/12 or sugar. When overconsumed (e.g. one can is considered a serving, but people consume more) these can become problematic.

Everything is detrimental to human health in the proper amounts. Even drinking too much water will quite literally kill you.

The ingredients in energy drinks are perfectly safe if you drink them sparingly.

What ingredients are you talking about?