Out of curiosity I have looked at the ingredients of many and was shocked at how much caffeine is in them. Som combine the caffeine with vitamins and suppliments such as B12 and Ginseng! The combo of the three seem dangerous to me. If anyone experiences anxiety or has an anxiety disorder I say stay away from these types of drinks as caffeine can increase anxiety.
I haven't had any of the newer ones. The last few I tried made me all jittery.
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Yuck. I forced myself to drink them in middle school and early on in high school because that was "the thing" - everyone was drinking them, but I really couldn't stand the taste. I started to get violently sick from them and that was when I decided never again.
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I love them and before I started my weight loss journey I would drink at least one everyday. I still have the temptation to have one every once in awhile but not as much as I used to.
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I don't like them. I don't like the taste of any that I have tried, and I don't find them necessary on a regular day.
However, back in the summer my work was scheduling us to work overtime on Saturdays, and because the money was amazing, I volunteered to work a double. I was up at 4:30 am, starting work at 6:30 am, not done work until 10:30 pm, and not home from work until 11:15pm. I was having two energy drinks those days!
I know most people say they are bad, but come on, NO one is perfect. People eat either too much fat, or artificial sweeteners, or caffiene, or sodium, etc. You really have to pick your battles.
For me, I enjoy a drink in the afternoon. Whether it be a coffee, an energy drink, or whatever. It helps with the afternoon munchies and helps give me an energy boost to get through the second half of the day.
I really like the Starbucks Refreshers. They are 60 cals, and DO have a good amount of sugar, but I don't care. I don't eat a ton of sugar otherwise. I prefer these over Redbull or Monster, or whatever else. Some people might say "Have some tea!" Blah blah blah. The bottom line is that you can't be perfect, and you have to do what works for you. EVERYTHING in this country has side effects these days, sorry, that's just how it is. If you're drinking an energy drink each day, and you still are reaching your health and fitness goals, I say do what you want. The same thing isn't going to work for everybody, and different people have different priorities they focus on when it comes to nutrition. If it's working for you, don't worry about what other people think.
They can be literally addictive. Usually when people around here talk about being "addicted to food," etc, I just bite my tongue, because everybody's addicted to food; you die without it. But energy drinks are high in caffeine, which is actually addictive, and the worst part is that they're not uniform in how much caffeine they have. When you drink a cup of coffee, you understand basically how much you're going to get. When you drink an energy drink, they don't tell you how much caffeine is in it, and it might have very different amounts in different cans or bottles. Added caffeine doesn't change the taste or appearance of the product, so the manufacturers don't care about being consistent and you can't tell if it's higher or lower than normal.
It's probably a good idea to try to cut it out. Switch to coffee or tea, which have some other health benefits, or wean yourself off of it slowly by mixing it with something non-caffeinated like fruit juice, sparkling water, etc. It's probably better not to try to go "cold turkey," because many people get headaches and other withdrawal symptoms if they stop caffeine suddenly.
If you need the energy boost you can take B12 (with vitamin C cause it helps the B12 work), D3, and magnesium. All natural and no negative side effects! I use them all the time and it has really helped to boost my energy levels! D3 is what your body gets and needs from the sun. It is why when you open the curtains, go outside in the sun for a few minutes you immediately feel better and energy levels go up! Might want to give these (or some of them) a try instead so you don't have to worry about negative side effects like you do with the energy drinks!
Very Bad for you! Just do some research! If you need an energy boost go more natural with Vitamin D3, B12 (works best with vitamin C), and magnesium! Those have worked the best for me and have no negative side effects!
I love Monster zero calorie, sugar-free drinks. They taste just like the full-sugar Red Bull, and work well to jack my energy levels if I'm having a rough day, so I stock up when I catch them on sale. I drink them, on average, about once a week.
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I have never tried them and am reluctant to spend money on them.
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i dont like them they r too sweet to drink ....just prefer water and rather use my calories on food that will fill my stomach
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I don't drink them. I rarely have caffeine at all, so that rules out 99.9% of all energy drinks right there. For me, caffeine made me feel hungrier and had a negative effect on my weight loss, so I quit it entirely.
Put simply, they're caffeine and/or sugar. All other supposedly 'active' ingredients are either versions of sugar or analogs of caffeine. There is no magic bullet. If you want doses of caffeine or sugar ... there are cheaper alternatives. "Energy" drinks are so freaking expensive, ounce for ounce.
In my first year of grad school I didn't use 'energy drinks,' but I'm surprised I didn't burn a hole in my gut by going through 12oz cans of frozen raspberry black tea 'concentrate' mixed extra strong ... going through a can or two per night.
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I don't like the taste of them, so I've never used them. My husband used to drink multiple sugar-free Rockstar drinks every day. They definitely kept him going, but he started to feel "weird" heart symptoms (heart-racing, a sensation of a change in rhythm, etc). He has switched to coffee and feels back to normal. Not that coffee is "healthy"; just because something is "natural" doesn't mean it's good for you, but I think coffee is better than energy drinks.
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