Sydney Denault ’13
Energy drinks are popular amongst teens because they give them that extra boost they need to get through their busy days while still accomplishing the task of being a tasty treat. But these yummy drinks aren’t all what they’re made out to be. In fact, sometimes they may even be dangerous to consume and harmful to our growing and developing brains and bodies.
A recent scientific study has come out stating that energy drinks are extremely dangerous, especially for teenagers, because of the large amounts of caffeine that they contain. One “five-hour” energy drink has the same amount of caffeine as three 8 ounce cups of coffee or soda. Excessive amounts of caffeine, which these energy drinks contain, are harmful to our bodies and can cause nausea, rapid heart rate and insomnia. Accidentally overdosing on caffeine or consuming energy drinks often can lead to seizures, heart attacks and even death.
So if these drinks, and most caffeine, are so dangerous, how are teenagers and adults supposed to get energy? No worries! There are natural ways to get energy instead of consuming large amounts of caffeine that can be toxic to our bodies. Try drinking water (dehydration can sometimes be confused with fatigue), exercising more often, eating protein snacks or even just getting a better night’s sleep.