5 Surprising Effects of Quitting Energy Drinks, Says a Dietitian – Eat That It’s Not

Energy Drinks She is a great job. According to an article published in May 2022 in ForbesThe energy drink market is expected to reach an all-time high of nearly $100 billion by 2027. The magic of energy drinks has been picking up steam for a while, and isn’t going away anytime soon. Innovation continues in this category with new energy drink suggestions like nitro sodas, energy shots, or even adaptive energy drinks that keep popping up on grocery store shelves.

Among the main claims to the popularity of energy drinks is the “promise” of energy for everything from athletic performance, to daily recovery, increased mental focus, and increased alertness. Energy drinks are often synonymous with high sugar and excess caffeine (including guarana), and the addition of B vitamins. More often than not, vitamin B12 is used in energy drinks because this vitamin is related to the energy metabolism of the human body, so hopefully the extra vitamin B12 means more energy. Unfortunately, extra vitamin B-12, whether through diet or supplementation, Not proven To provide more energy unless there is a real nutritional deficiency or deficiency.

Perhaps now is the time to give up energy drinks. Read on for five surprising effects if you do, and for more info on how to eat healthy, don’t miss out The science: the best juice to drink every day.

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caffeine It’s a well-known stimulant, and most 16-ounce cans of energy drinks contain about 150 milligrams of caffeine. However, there are a few energy drink brands that contain 300 milligrams per 16-ounce can! That much caffeine can really disrupt sleep. It is recommended to maintain total caffeine intake Less than 400 milligrams per dayHowever, less than 300 milligrams is more beneficial and the number drops to less than 200 milligrams per day if you are pregnant. 2013 study in Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine It was concluded that ingestion of caffeine within six hours of bedtime has notable disruptive effects on sleep and that caffeine is associated with insomnia. It is reasonable to suspect that reducing caffeine intake can improve sleep duration.

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Although the headache can be stronger in the first few days due to withdrawal symptomsEliminating or limiting caffeine from drinks like energy drinks will serve you well in the long run, likely including fewer headaches. The American Migraine Foundation It recommends that people with episodic migraines and daily headaches limit or avoid caffeine altogether and that daily caffeine intake can lead to medication overuse (or “rebound”) headaches. Study 2020 in Nutrients He also explored the relationship between caffeine and headache, noting that high doses of caffeine cause headaches and that baseline caffeine intake increases the likelihood of withdrawal headaches. Consider gradually reducing your current caffeine intake from beverages such as energy drinks and consistent with the amount you drink each day to reduce the chance of these problems.

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The American Psychological Association Anxiety is defined as an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worrying thoughts, and physical changes such as high blood pressure. Approximately 31.1% of adults in the United States They suffer from any anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. Energy drinks, especially the caffeine in them, were too associated with anxiety. 2014 study in depression and anxiety A significant association was found between energy drink consumption and anxiety in young male adults.

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Some evidence suggests an abnormal heart rate rises with increased Caffeine consumption. Consumption of caffeinated coffee was associated with a 54% increase in premature ventricular contractions (a type of abnormal heartbeat) in an analysis of American Heart Association Scientific Courses 2021. Moreover, the Journal of the American Heart Association A study published in 2019 concluded that acute consumption of an energy drink containing caffeine significantly prolongs the “QTc interval” when compared to a placebo. Longer QTc intervals are associated with arrhythmias and may be responsible for sudden cardiac arrest related to energy drink consumption.

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Energy drinks and the caffeine in them may relax or weaken the lower esophageal sphincter digestive tractWhich can then lead to acid reflux and stomach acid. Maintaining an energy drink intake may improve GERD control because it reduces the risk of acid reflux in the throat or mouth. Some people with irritable bowel syndrome IBS may also benefit from cutting out energy drinks because both the sugar (usually about 60 grams of added sugar per 16 ounces) and caffeine in energy drinks can alter gut transit time, leading to cramping or diarrhea.

Molly Hembrey, MS, RD, LD

Molly Hembrey, MS, RD, LD, is a nationally registered dietitian. Read more