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Packs a Punch – Energy Drinks & Our Health

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, nor does this reflect the views or opinions of any energy drink brand mentioned in this post below. My views are my own and with some research, have outlined some facts from the energy drinks and other sources themselves.

 

A lot of people, including myself and various parents I know, drink energy drinks. It’s a common drink nowadays and it’s reaped with benefits.

It’s a drink some parents may consider an energy booster for their morning routines with the kids and to speed on through with the housework. It can also be handy for the drained Daddy in the mornings after having spent most of last night running up and down the stairs to make bottles for their newborn.

They can come in a range of flavours to tickle your fancy.

  • blueberry,
  • raspberry,
  • cherry,
  • tropical,
  • fruit punch and more.

All with the added effect of boosting your energy for that important meeting, long drive or late night. Sounds like a winner to me! Although………..

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..on the flip side, there has been controversy over energy drinks and has been given a bad name. More so because of the high sugar and caffeine content. A lot of teenagers and young adults are subject to consuming drinks like this and have been advised that it is in fact bad for your health. I suppose it doesn’t help when the price of these high energy content drinks are ridiculously low either.

Some also believed ‘Monster Energy‘ drinks were linked to the devil itself – from the striking three clawed logo, the demon symbol within the Monster wording and simply the slogan ‘Unleash the Beast‘ indicated this was the drink of Satan.

I completely disagree, and believe this is a clever marketing strategy to evoke consumers to choose their drink over their competitors because it emits a bad boy/girl feeling when drinking one. Everyone wants to feel like a bad-ass. Just take my money Monster! 

Many of the energy drinks on the market contain ingredients such as Taurine, Ginseng, L-Carnitine, and B-Vitamins (these include Niacin (Vit B3), Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12). Niacin is good for general health and can help the digestive system, skin and nervous system. Taurine promotes cardiovascular health, insulin sensitivity, electrolyte balance as well as many other benefits.

Though it’s okay to drink in moderate servings, it may not be ideal to drink in excessive proportions as this may cause problems internally, such as liver damage/ failure, heart attacks and even death.

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I used to know someone who drank Monster energy drinks in excess of more than 12 500ml cans per day, and was later advised in hospital that if she continued drinking them it could evidently result in her death. Not something that anyone wants to hear really, especially if its a friend of yours, but just be wary of the pros and cons of drinking them.

They are in fact an energy-boosting drink and have a sole purpose to energise you for the day ahead. One is usually enough, and is unlike a drink of juice or water that you may drink more often throughout the day.

As similar to sugar, it can temporarily boost your energy for a period of time (like a sugar high) and drop you back down dramatically just shortly after. It’s usually best to consume with a balanced diet so that this side-effect is reduced.

Energy Drinks & Sports


Energy drink brands are well known for sponsoring extreme sports.

Red Bull is known for sponsoring motor racing, snow-boarding, sky diving, and just about anything extreme! They promote well-being and a can-do attitude to even the most riskiest of adventures – almost makes you feel as if you can just go out and do it all for yourself!

As a parent, I use it to boost my energy for the sake of running around tidying up after the kids and to give me a creative ‘mind’ boost.

My partner Zoe does not have any (she probably needs it in the mornings sometimes though) because she is currently breastfeeding, and its also advised not to consume any if you are pregnant either as it can be harmful for baby (frankly i’d be afraid in case baby comes out looking like an alien, or jumps out of the womb hyperactive and runs out of the hospital on its own- would certainly make headlines!).


To Sum It Up:

  • Energy drinks are a great source of temporary energy to help get through the day – or like me, energy to tidy up after the kids all the time.
  • They can come in a variety of fruity flavours.
  • It’s been known to be bad for your health due to high sugar and caffeine content (though they claim to have reduced that with No Added Sugar alternatives).
  • It’s very cheap and can be picked up from just about anywhere.
  • Too much consumption can lead to liver failure or even DEATH!
  • Not to be consumed when pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Energy brands are well-known nowadays for sponsoring extreme sports.

 

If you would like to share your thoughts on energy drinks, please feel free to drop a comment in the comments section below! 

 

If you liked this blog post, you can check out more daddy blogs here!

 

-Liam

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