An energy drink is a type of beverage known to providing mental and physical stimulation.

Due to the wide array of ingredients in Energy Drinks, it makes them more likely to give side effects than beverages containing just caffeine alone.

Even worse, the safety of energy drinks has become a popular issue, as its consumption has increased among children and teens, which is below the regulated age limit universally.

Here are the major ingredients of energy drinks and their adverse effects:

1. Sugar

The American Heart Association (AHA) suggests that the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are;
Men: 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons).
Women: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons).

The nutritional value for sugar in energy drinks averages at 27 grams, meaning if a person consumes two energy drinks, thats going excess and can overload and damages your liver, tricks your body into gaining weight, causing you to eat more and develop insulin resistance.It increases your uric acid levels. High uric acid levels are a risk factor for heart and kidney disease.

2. Caffeine

For healthy adults with no medical issues, generally it is suggested that 300mg – 400mg of caffeine can be consumed daily without any adverse effects.

But a can or bottle of energey drink averages on 242 milligrams per serving, so a person that consumes two energy drinks a day is at risk, with health conditions such as increasedblood pressure, increased risk of heart attack, gouts, incontinence, and possibly insomnia.

3. Sodium

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 2,300 milligrams (mgs) a day and an ideal limit of no more than 1,500 mg per day for most adults .

In a can or bottle of energy drink, an average of 180 mg of sodium is used for preparation, now coupled with the other foods taken with a teaspoon of salt that has 2,300 milligrams of salt, thats already more than excess.

Here is what happens when that sodium gets too much in your system:
chest pain, trouble breathing; a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out; swelling in your hands or feet; tiredness, muscle twitching; confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased or decreased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness or limp feeling.

These are the three major ingredients found in all energy drinks, now for the million dollar question, are energy drinks safe for consumption? That my dear readers is up to you.

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