Energy Drink Claims Scrutinized By New York Law Makers

Beverages just can’t seem to catch a break in New York lately.

Now the claims of energy drinks are being examined by New York law makers to protect the public from caffeine toxicity.

Teens are admitted to emergency rooms for caffeine toxicity in record numbers and better labeling and awareness could help

The amount of caffeine in beverages can range from about 80 milligrams to more than 500 milligrams, and the health risks of too much caffeine consumption include cardiovascular problems. Health officials are also concerned about the common practice among young consumers of mixing energy drinks and alcohol, since the stimulation from the caffeinated energy drinks can mask intoxication.

Excessive sugar, caffeine and herbal stimulants contribute to addiction and abuse of beverages.

The Snake Oil That Is Energy Drinks

When it comes to energy drinks and potions you may be wasting your money.

Sugar, caffeine, B-12 and herbal concoctions do little to truly increase your energy level.

In fact, hospital visits related to energy drinks have surged more than tenfold since 2005, reports the U.S. Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. And most of those amped-up patients are men.

Regular sleep of 7-8 hours, a healthy diet and moderate exercise are the best ways to maintain an energy level which will allow you to stay awake and alert, productive and energized throughout your day.

“We don’t use our bodies the way they’re built to be used,” says Dr. Edlund. “We guzzle energy drinks and then can’t sleep at night. We sit all day and then read e-mails at 3 a.m.” It’s no wonder we walk around like zombies, and treat these drinks like liquid life support. As sales and heart rates spike, it’s a good time to question the trends and find healthier ways to power up.

Is Gatorade Bad for You?

Maybe.

A person loses a great deal of water in the form of sweat when engaging in prolonged exercise. An athlete even more so.

It is therefore necessary to rehydrate, that’s why sports drinks provide water, carbohydrates, and electrolytes so the athlete’s performance might improve.

That said, sport’s drinks like Gatorade also provide empty calories.

Unless you’re in the middle of an Olympic training workout, this amount of excess calories is simply unnecessary.

Here are some of the Gatorade ingredients that will NOT enhance anyone’s workout: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Artificial Colors, Brominated Vegetable Oil.

Gatorade is fortified with a variety of different vitamins and minerals, including some fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin A. Fat-soluble vitamins cannot be excreted from the body when they are consumed in quantities too large, so side effects may occur. Drinking too much Gatorade, and consuming much more than your recommended amount of vitamin A, can lead to vitamin toxicity, also known as hypervitaminosis A. The National Institutes of Health say that the symptoms of hypervitaminosis A include blurred vision, fatigue, headache and nausea.

Mixing alcohol and energy drinks is risky business

The combination of energy drinks with alcohol tends to keep the party going.

A hefty dose of caffeine a stimulant , mixed with alcohol, a depressant, keeps you awake while simultaneously getting you intoxicated.

The body signals you to sleep when you are overly intoxicated, but the caffeine keeps you awake allowing for consumption of a potentially dangerous amount of alcohol.

“This study demonstrates these drinks are different. .. and consumers should be aware. It might be appropriate to put warning labels on energy drinks saying they should not be mixed with alcohol.”

“I’m most concerned about impaired driving,” she said. “Typically, a lot of people’s judgment is not good even at the best of times when they’re drinking alcohol. It’s really that sleepy feeling that cues people it’s time to go home. This might extend the whole party experience longer than it should.”

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