Caffeine is a common ingredient that most of us crave daily, and it has been consumed for hundred years. Energy drinks have a lot that we need to explore and learn about:
Due to overuse many have substituted the energy drinks for water, though water is the best fluid for hydration. Energy drinks contain a lot of caffeine and sugar which increases the risk of sugar and caffeine- related disorders. Other than that they can lead to weight gain due to the high calories content it has.
While the energy drinks are growing category, they still retain to be the niche product accounting for less than 2% of the total US non-alcoholic beverage in the market. The common ingredient that we enjoy in the energy drinks occurs naturally in the other foods like seafood, plants, grains and even poultry.
The labels in the energy drinks has not been giving full details, all the foods have the laws that govern their manufacturer and marketing, for sodas for instance, it can be sold as food but it keeps changing the label information to ensure it evades the laws. And hence caution should be taken to avoid the side effects of the ingredient.
Taurine is an ingredient found in the energy drinks, it’s an amino acid which is naturally is in human body as in foods like scallops. Due to its natural existence it’s found in breast milk and used as an additive in the infant formula.
Though energy drinks marker claim to address all people but their focus is mainly to the youth.