After taking a look at the ingredients in most energy drinks, it's obvious that they don't really contain many "energizing" properties. Then again, placebo effects can be very powerful. If you believe it will energize you, it just might—even if the research says otherwise. That said, let's summarize the facts:
Additionally, keep in mind that there hasn't been enough research yet to prove whether energy drinks pose any long-term health hazards. But even without substantial research, we know they can be dangerous; energy drink-related hospitalizations have skyrocketed over the past few years.
The bottom line? Don't waste your money on these overpriced, over-hyped cans of scam. Do what you can to get adequate rest and eat a well-balanced diet to provide your body with all the vitamins and amino acids it needs. If you really want a beverage to boost your energy, sip an antioxidant-packed cup of tea instead. Or, as my 10-year-old son suggested after he gagged at the taste of an energy drink I brought home to research this story, you can pour out the contents of the can and fill it with water. "That way, you'll look cool as you drink the right stuff!"
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