Energy Drink Epidemic
By Drew Heideman, MPT, ATC, PES
Energy Drinks- Inaccurate Labeling and Ingredients
The energy drink industry uses different tactics to avoid including information about the ingredients and health risks on their cans. This leads to inconsistent labeling, and confusing results. Here are some of the methods energy drinks use to inaccurately label their products:
- Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990 (NLEA).
- Companies can label their products as beverages by complying with this law.
- Dietary Supplement Health and Education act of 1994 (DSHEA).
- Other companies can label their drinks as dietary supplements under this more lenient act.
Under both of these acts, companies are not required to show how much caffeine exists in their drinks. While people may see that the drink contains caffeine, they may have to contact the company directly to find out the exact amount.
Health Risks of Energy Drinks
Drinking too much caffeine, especially if the individual does not consume large amounts of caffeine on a regular basis, can have rapid cardiovascular effects. Caffeine causes the heart rate and blood pressure to increase. As a result, the following conditions may occur:
- Irregular heart activity.
- Mood and behavioral disorders.
- Sleep disturbances.
- Caffeine dependence.
Genetic factors may also determine whether an individual is at a greater risk for complications with the consumption of caffeine. Caffeine is a diuretic and could lead to dehydration. It is important to stay well hydrated by drinking water and not consuming large amounts of caffeine before or during exercise.
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