Are Energy Drinks Bad For You?
Let’s face it, energy drinks are UBIQUITOUS!
That’s… the 25 cent word for EVERYWHERE.
That means they line ALL the shelves of convenience stores, big box retailers, grocery stores, health food stores, etc.
Even available at most School Cafeterias.
So, the question we all should ask at some point is, “Are energy drinks bad for you?”
YES! In most cases, you are better off drinking water…
That’s the simple answer according to WebMD.
However, there are exceptions which we’ll discuss in just a minute.
Back to WebMD, they are right if an energy drink has any one of these six characteristics.
Are Energy Drinks Bad For You?
In most cases, YES, If your energy drink…
- Contains sugar
- Includes artificial sweeteners
- Uses stimulants only
- Is carbonated
- Has little to no nutritional value
- Has artificial food coloring
The 6 characteristics you want to avoid…
|Sugar is not your friend. Sugar not only can damage your ability to process/make insulin, a habit of consuming it makes you fat and lethargic. Who wants to be fat and lazy?
|Includes Artificial Sweeteners
|Did you know that some of the most common sweeteners are neurotoxins? Many sweeteners like aspartame and saccharin are even more dangerous sugar. At least sugar won’t kill you as quickly!
|Uses Stimulants Only
|Caffeine as a PRIMARY source of energy is not sustainable! Ever notice how you have to go back and drink several cups of coffee throughout the day? A Small amount of caffeine IS ok, but there are better options to stay alert and have energy throughout the day.
|Yes we know flavored seltzers are trendy, but did you know that it takes 20 parts of alkalinity to neutralize one part of acidity. When you drink your favorite carbonated water (or anything carbonated) you’re adding carbonic acid to your body. The only way your body can neutralize this, especially if you make a habit of drinking carbonated beverages, is to leach calcium from your bones and blood. Have you ever noticed how many people who have made a habit of drinking carbonated beverages throughout their life are those who struggle with osteoporosis and the loss of bone density?
|Has Little To No Nutritional Value
|WebMD is right when they said in most cases you’d be better off drinking water, because if an energy drink is making you fat, lethargic, toxic, or weakening your bones, why would you drink it? Energy drink manufacturers often add a tiny negligible amount of vitamins to their product to proclaim their drink as healthy. If you look at the RDA of what they added you will see that is just plain hype.
|Has Artificial Food Coloring
|Most food coloring, especially Red #9, are highly toxic and can cause all sorts of health issues. Unless the manufacturer uses natural coloring from plant sources such as beets, carrots, etc., you should not consume the product!
So, are there any energy drinks that are NOT bad for you?
Yes, but there are ONLY a FEW… the rest you might consider throwing in the trash.
Formulating an energy drink for health rather than profits is not realistic financially, especially if you intend to sell it in a retail store.
So, if there are only a few healthy energy drinks, where do you find them?
We asked the same question a little over 20 years ago when we first started looking for an energy drink to carry in our healthy product line.
We looked everywhere.
Eventually we found a product that had none of the 6 dangerous ingredients to avoid. Instead, it was loaded with lots of healthy ingredients designed to give you ALL DAY ENERGY starting at the cellular level.
But, what was most interesting, this energy drink formula was being used to help people whose immune system had been seriously compromised, due to cancer and other degenerative disease treatments.
SO, E3 absolutely could not have ANY OF THE BAD STUFF!
Heck, it was so clean and effective that we had a hard time convincing the doctor who formulated it to license the formula to us.
But eventually he agreed. Especially since what was out there was giving people “fake” energy at the expense of their health…and who wants that!
So, in conclusion, at the time of this writing, are Energy Drinks bad for you?
Yes, with only a few “healthy and clean” energy drinks out there that are free of the big 6 things you now know to avoid… like Ageless Impact’s E3.
Whatever energy drink you end up choosing, please make sure you avoid the dangerous, BIG 6 ingredients, or just drink water instead.