The Jolting Truth About Energy Drinks


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The Jolting Truth About Energy Drinks

  1. 1. Energy Drinks THE JOLTING TRUTH
  2. 2. Some things to think about <ul><li>In 2008, more than 270 new energy drinks were launched worldwide.* </li></ul><ul><li>The energy drink market is a 4.8 billion per year industry.* </li></ul><ul><li>As soda consumption decreases, energy drinks are filling in the gap. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>35% of U.S. teenagers report that they consume energy drinks (as compared to 19% in 2003)* </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy drinks are marketed to kids, teenagers and college students. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*Mintel Global New Products Database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>* </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Dangers in energy drinks <ul><li>Caffeine intoxication resulting in increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure is possible from ENERGY DRINKS that can contain as much caffeine as 5 cans of Coca-cola. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Caffeine intoxication requires medical attention. Nausea, increased heart rate, anxiety, insomnia and increased blood pressure are some symptoms of intoxication. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Potentially unsafe ingredients </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The Story on Caffeine <ul><li>Caffeine is a drug and should be consumed in moderation, if desired </li></ul><ul><li>Moderation is defined as 300 mg. caffeine daily or the equivalent of approximately 2 cups of coffee </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals differ in their sensitivity to caffeine, so listen to your body </li></ul>
  5. 5. Pros & Cons of Caffeine <ul><ul><li>In small doses it may….. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Help prevent type 2 diabetes & liver disease including liver cancer. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Possibly improve treatment outcomes in patients with Parkinson disease </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improve short concentration and performance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In large doses it may cause serious health effects. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Powering Up or Dragging Down? <ul><li>Drinking these products during exercise may cause unwanted symptoms: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increase blood pressure </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increase heart rate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>False claims promise improved performance in class or on the field. </li></ul><ul><li>* </li></ul>Rockstar Size-16 oz. Caffeine 160 mg* NOS Size-16 oz. Caffeine 260 mg*
  7. 7. IS IT WORTH TAKING THE RISK? <ul><ul><li>These drinks can have the following side effects: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nervousness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sleeplessness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Anxiety </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Severe Headache </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Upset Stomach </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increased Heart Rate </li></ul></ul></ul>Vault Size-16 oz. Caffeine 115 mg Red Bull Size-8.3 oz. Caffeine 80 mg
  8. 8. Don’t believe everything you read… <ul><li>Energy Drinks are NOT regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or any governing agency. </li></ul><ul><li>Manufacturers can mix a variety of ingredients in these products without any agency checking the safety. </li></ul><ul><li>Manufacturers add taurine and guarana to imply health benefits. There is NO scientific evidence that these are beneficial. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Know what you’re drinking <ul><li>Energy drinks are not “natural alternatives”. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy drink manufacturers are not required to label ingredients including caffeine content. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manufacturers do not need to guarantee consistency or safety in their products. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Energy drinks and sports don’t mix! Caffeine amounts in drinks may exceed the allowed limits for NCAA athletes. Side effects may also include anxiety and stomach upset.
  11. 11. Energy Drinks & Alcohol A SERIOUS MATTER <ul><li>Combining energy drinks and alcohol can be dangerous </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The stimulant effect can make someone feel less intoxicated. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>So …..someone may use more alcohol to feel the effect and are at a higher risk for risky behavior. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It doesn’t matter how you feel….your blood </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>alcohol concentration is the same. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. “ Energy Drinks” without the caffeine <ul><li>TRY THESE: </li></ul><ul><li>Orange Juice </li></ul><ul><li>(100% fruit juices) </li></ul><ul><li>Milk </li></ul><ul><li>V8 Fusion </li></ul><ul><li>These drinks have nutritional value, taste great, DO NOT contain caffeine and are much less expensive. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Average Cost Energy Drinks: NOS 16 oz $2.49 Rockstar 16 oz $2.49 Full Throttle 16 oz $1.99 Red Bull 16 oz $4.00 Non caffeinated choices: Milk 16 oz $ .62 Orange Juice 16 oz $ .66 (100% fruit juice) V8 Fusion 16 oz $ .87
  14. 14. Resources at the University of New Hampshire <ul><li>Health Services </li></ul><ul><li>Offers nutrition counseling for free to all </li></ul><ul><li>students who have paid the Health Fee. </li></ul><ul><li>(603) 862-3823 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook/Twitter: UNHHealth </li></ul>
  15. 15. References: <ul><li>UNH Health Services: Office of Health Education and Promotion “Sleep” 2007; “Managing Stress” 2007; “ Red Bull, Cocaine, Full Throttle, RockStar, Blak, Monster... Hype or Harm?” 2007 . < > </li></ul><ul><li>“ Caffeine and Energy Boosting Drugs: Energy Drinks” Oct. 2008. <> </li></ul><ul><li>Question of the month – ‘What are “energy drinks” all about?’ January 2003. < > </li></ul><ul><li>“ MillerCoors Buckles to AG Pressure.” September 2008. <> </li></ul><ul><li>Center for Science in the Public Interest – “Caffeine Content of Food & Drugs.” September 2007. <> </li></ul><ul><li>“ How much caffeine is in your daily habit?” October 2007. <> </li></ul><ul><li>“ New caffeine counts put a number to your buzz.” November 2008. < > </li></ul>