Impact of Energy Drinks on Health and Well-being

Senthilkumar Sankararaman, Wahid Syed, Valentina Medici, Thomas J. Sferra

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Abstract

Purpose of Review: Energy drinks and energy shots are functional supplements with higher caffeine content marketed toward adolescents and young adults with the intention of boosting energy. Parallel to its rising popularity, there are safety concerns with the consumption of these beverages. Herein, we reviewed the impact these supplements produce on health and well-being. Recent Findings: Most of the promoted benefits of the beverages can be attributed to caffeine. The physiologic effects, if any, of other ingredients such as vitamins and herbal extracts are unclear. The presence of a higher caffeine content as compared to soft drinks may predispose to caffeine intoxication in susceptible individuals. Also, the practice of co-ingestion of these beverages with alcohol is still prevalent and associated with serious consequences. Summary: Strict regulations (restriction of sales, clear warning labels, capping caffeine levels) and public education may help prevent the adverse outcomes from these beverages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-130
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Nutrition Reports
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018

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Keywords

  • Caffeine
  • Energy drinks
  • Energy shots
  • Supplements
  • Taurine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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Impact of Energy Drinks on Health and Well-being. / Sankararaman, Senthilkumar; Syed, Wahid; Medici, Valentina; Sferra, Thomas J.

In: Current Nutrition Reports, Vol. 7, No. 3, 01.09.2018, p. 121-130.

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Sankararaman, Senthilkumar ; Syed, Wahid ; Medici, Valentina ; Sferra, Thomas J. / Impact of Energy Drinks on Health and Well-being. In: Current Nutrition Reports. 2018 ; Vol. 7, No. 3. pp. 121-130.
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