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The Buzz On Energy Drinks

Magical Elixir or Scam in a Can?


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Enjoyed reading your article. Just drink plain water, daily! Report
Years ago I used to have an energy drink every morning at work. Now I enjoy my black tea. Report
There really is no need for energy drinks...and it "kills" me when I see parents buy their children Gatorade etc after their activities.....again, no need. Report
Thanks for explaining this. Report
I suspected this was the case with energy drinks. Nice to have my opinions validated Report
Thanks for sharing Report
One of the best parts is your kid's comment at the end of the article. :) Report
Great info! Report
thanks for explaining very useful Report
On balance, I see more harm than good in energy drinks. Thanks for your insight! Report
Thanks for sharing Report
Actually, there are plenty of energy drinks that contain NO sugar and 0 calories. Although I don't use them on a regular basis, I do enjoy them when I feel my energy flagging but can't (or don't want to) quit -- e.g., after 6 hours of barn duty in summer heat. Report
I agree with the comment that this is biased. Nt all energy drinks are created the same and some do not contain the massive amounts of sugar and caffiene that this article indicates that they all do. While I understand this is a couple years old, perhaps Sparkpeople should edit articles which are now not fully up to date.

Just like anything else, energy drinks should be used in moderation with consideration on how they will fit into your diet, especially the ones which contain less caffiene and sugar than many people's cups of morning coffee. Report
I used to be an addict but they are stuffed full of sugar and put my blood sugar on a roller coaster for the rest of the day! The sugar free versions are basically a can full of chemicals. They are a massive con. Report
You can see that this "article" is skewed from the start. Although I've never tried an energy drink, some of the arguments that the author makes against them is blatantly anti-product. For example, to say caffeine hasn't been proven to increase performance in short-term sports, but it's a controlled substance is ridiculous. The reason it is a controlled substance is that it has been proven through many studies to increase performance on both a short term and medium term basis.
I agree that these drinks which are just caffeinated liquid sugar, that have almost no nutritional value, but if you are going to write an article on them you should show some journalistic integrity and don't let your personal bias show so obviously. Report

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