• Question: are energy drinks good for u

    Asked by wooton to Davie, James P, James V, Nuala on 4 Jul 2012.
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      James Pope answered on 4 Jul 2012:

      Hi wooton,

      As far as I know, in moderation, energy drinks are ok for short bursts of energy. I wouldn’t drink them all the time though as can cause you to need to go to the toilet a lot! Also, they can contain substances such as caffiene which will keep you awake if you drink them too close to bed-time which will affect your sleep pattern and make you more tired the next day!

      A lot of people use them with sport, personally I’ve never noticed a difference from using them, but they seem to work for some people, whether that is through design or through the Placebo effect, I don’t know!

      It is important to make sure you drink a good amount of water a day, about 2 litres of water, so make sure you are getting that, which I wouldn’t count energy drinks in.

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      James Verdon answered on 4 Jul 2012:

      Hi wooton,

      Energy drinks like Red Bull and Relentless contain mild stimulants like taurine and caffeine, which stimulate the brain and make you feel more awake, as well as lots of sugar, which gives your energy levels a short-term boost.

      There’s not much in these energy drinks that I would describe as being good for you. However, I think that, so long as they are taken in moderation they won’t do you any harm. If you’re drinking loads then that could lead to long-term problems as your liver has to process all these stimulants.

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      Nuala Carson answered on 4 Jul 2012:

      hey wooton,

      No they really aren’t good for you. They are full of sugar, caffeine and unnatural chemicals, and your body can’t properly handle the levels that are in the drinks. It is OK to have one every now and then (say before an exam) to give you a perk but they should not be drunk regularly.

      I actually had a friend who had to go to hospital because they drank so many energy drinks. Her body couldn’t deal with the contents and she had a bit of a break down.