Eating Well With Kim: Energy | Can You Drink It?

By: Kim Beavers Email
By: Kim Beavers Email

Friday, June 13, 2014

Well, sort of, but there are much better ways to boost your energy than consuming a sugary beverage from a flashy can.

Energy drinks. Are they dangerous? It depends!

The “more is better” philosophy is rarely a good thing when it comes to food or beverage choices. This is particularly true in the case of energy drinks. Energy drinks are now a billion dollar industry. They are flavored beverages with varying amounts of caffeine and other additives such as vitamins, taurine (amino acid), theanine (amino acid), carnitine (a substance important in energy production), creatine (a substance that helps to supply energy to muscles), sugar or artificial sweetener, and guarana (a plant that naturally contains caffeine).

Energy drinks are designed for adults and a single serving contains relatively low levels of caffeine, similar to that of soft drinks and coffee. Therefore there is no obvious risk for a healthy adult consuming a single serving. The concern is really regarding over- consumption and use in children and teens.

Here a good synopsis on energy drinks usage and healthier ways to get that desired energy boost.

Until next time: Eat well. Live well.

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