Energy Drinks Essay examples

2381 Words Apr 20th, 2015 10 Pages
ISLS 4301 - Section 5
Energy Drinks Research By: Maram Balubaid, Rahmah Bukhary, Sara Al Akel, Haifa Al Akel and Basma Salah

Energy drinks
Energy drinks are drinks that don’t contain alcohol, and often lightly carbonated. They are designed to give the drinker a burst of energy by adding of a number of ingredients, most notably caffeine. They are mostly found in grocery stores, corner stores and gas stations, usually displayed beside the soft drinks, juices and sports drinks. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, reports that more teens are downing energy drinks; in 2003, 16% regularly consumed the drinks, while in 2008, that percentage jumped to 35%. Another study of college student consumption found 50% of students drank
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* Taurine
An amino acid that is a common ingredient in energy drinks. it is also found naturally in some foods. The study authors say the amount of taurine consumed from energy drinks is higher than that in a normal diet. As of yet, there is no evidence this is unhealthy, but there is also no evidence that consuming large amounts is beneficial for the human body. * Guarana
An extract from a plant that contains about twice the amount of caffeine as coffee beans . The guarana seed has the highest caffeine content of any other plant (Higgins et al., 2010) and has the same benefits, risks, and potential side effects as caffeine (Griffin & Leopold, 2010). * B vitamins
They are added to most energy drinks with the claim that they boost mental and physical performance. Although a deficiency in certain B vitamins can lead to fatigue, getting more B vitamins than needed does not provide extra energy. Most people get plenty of B vitamins from their diets, especially from fortified foods. When you consume more B vitamins than you need from energy drinks or other sources, they are lost in the urine (National Institutes of Health [NIH], 2011a, 2011b). Although most of the B vitamins in energy drinks are not toxic, too much vitamin B6 can be dangerous. The highest level of vitamin B6 intake considered to be safe is 100 milligrams

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