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You have to know the precautions that we must consider when we decide to consume energy drinks are not safe as intended.

Energy drinks, advantages and precautions
Born in Thailand known as Krating Daeng. 25 years ago the Austrian Dietrich Mateschitz’s adopted and launched under the famous brand “Red Bull”. Currently there are about 500 new brands, with Red Bull, Burn (Coca-Cola), Pink Fish (Schweppes), Toro XL (Osborne) and Shark the most traded in the Spanish state.

NutritionUK, Germany and Spain are the main consumers of these beverages in relation to Western Europe.

What is an “Energy Drink”?
By definition, is that generally carbonated non-alcoholic beverage, comprising essentially caffeine and sugar (sucrose, glucose, fructose and glucuronolactone), plus other ingredients: amino acid (taurine), vitamins (B group), minerals (magnesium and potassium), plant extracts stimulants (guarana, ginseng), acidifying additives (citric acid and sodium citrate), preservatives (sodium benzoate), flavoring (citric acid) and colors (riboflavin or safflower extract)

This cocktail of ingredients are the resulting energy drinks.

Why it matters?
Energy drinks are designed to provide vitality when the individual acts with extras, physical or mental effort.

Who are the potential customers?
Currently the largest consumers are young people from age 14, whose consumption increases during exam including marathon days sleepless night parties for the body and mind can withstand more hours at work or because they simply like the taste and have confusing thirst with a drink either.

Unknown to them, for lack of information, is that excessive consumption of such energy drinks can lead to future health problems.

What we find today in many vending machines?. And in stores Candy?. And in every supermarket?. And in the great TV commercials?. And as sponsors in all kinds of sporting events and concerts?. Nothing further than energy drinks.

So how can you make it clear to a young man who should not abuse them or not even these drinks are not a simple soda?. We must take precautions against the abuse of energy drinks. Difficult task.

Also stimulating beverages are consumed by athletes before and / or after exercise. They should be informed that sports drinks are not balancing minerals lost by the effort and therefore should not be a substitute for sports drinks.

What happens with caffeine? and what are its side effects?
Caffeine is consumed for thousands of years, the benefit sought is its stimulating effect. It is found in many everyday consumer products, so their usual intake.

Equivalence as content

  • Coffee 125 ml. = 95-125 mg.
  • Tea cup 150 ml. = 60-90 mg.
  • Matte containing 50 g. yerba = 445-715 mg.
  • Cola can 250 ml. = 8-53 mg.
  • Analgesic tablets = 40-65 mg / unit, according to their labels.
  • Can of energy drink 250 ml. = 80-500 mg.

It is common that a person take up a couple of cups of coffee a day and equivalence is common for people who drink energy drinks take several cans a day. Depending on the brand, it is an outrage.

When healthy adults consume more than 400 mg. of caffeine a day, presents nervousness, irritability, increased urination, insomnia, cardiac arrhythmia (rapid heartbeat and asynchronous), decreased bone mass and inflammation of the mucosa of the stomach (gastritis)

Warning: people who have suffered or are suffering any symptoms of decreased cardiac, hypertension and nursing mothers, pregnant women and people sensitive to caffeine should avoid the consumption of such beverages.

What happens when mixed with alcohol?
Caffeine is a stimulant and alcohol is a depressant cocktail ends in the same vessel.

Dr. Arthur Guerra de Andrade, an expert on alcoholism, says that energy drinks do not alter the side effects of alcohol.

Ms. Maria Lucia O. Souza-Formigoni psicobiĆ³loga University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) after a study confirmed that although the energy drink decrease fatigue and sleepiness.

  • The harmful effects of alcohol on motor coordination and visual reaction time, ie the person is drunk but does not feel as drunk as they really are not reduced.
  • Reduce the perception of headache, weakness and dry mouth.

Therefore, we can play such tricks to take the car to return home after a wild night of alcohol and energy drinks.

The conclusion?

  • All ingredients in energy drinks are duly approved by the food laws, produced according to approved and permitted substances.
  • No scientific findings on the adverse effects of alcohol intake, provoked beyond itself.
  • The level of caffeine that energy drinks provide, depending on the brand, is of the same order as that of other drinks such as mate, coffee and tea.
  • Its consumption in quantity and shape depend on the decision of each.

As a dietitian and nutritionist recommend you opt for a good coffee or a wonderful tea before taking any artificial drink.

Practice the “All natural, nothing artificial”

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