We use our own and third-party cookies to optimize your experience on this site, including to maintain user sessions. Without these cookies our site will not function well. If you continue browsing our site we take that to mean that you understand and accept how we use the cookies. If you wish to decline our cookies we will redirect you to Google.
Already have an account? Sign in.

 Remember Me | Forgot Your Password?

Energy Drinks May Deliver More Hype Than Health Benefits

August 17, 2010: 11:40 AM EST
Better athletic performance and weight loss are frequently promised health benefits of popular energy drinks, but those claims don’t always hold up, a U.S. study has found. Energy drinks are often packed with caffeine, taurine, sucrose, guarana, ginseng, niacin, pyridoxine and cyanocobalamin. But most of the performance-enhancing effects come from the caffeine, which has been shown to boost aerobic performance. As to weight loss, the evidence is mixed. Some data indicate that consuming energy drink and exercising reduces body fat, but the results decline as the body gets used to the caffeine. The high sugar content may be contributing to the obesity epidemic. In addition, because energy drinks are classed as dietary supplements, they avoid the caffeine limits placed on foods and soft drinks, leading to some adverse side effects.
Stephanie L. Ballard, Jennifer J. Wellborn-Kim, Kevin A. Clauson, "Effects Of Commercial Energy Drink Consumption On Athletic Performance And Body Composition: A Review of Use and Safety for Athletes", The Physician and Sportsmedicine, August 17, 2010, © JTE Multimedia
Vitality & Better Living
North America
United States of America
Marketing & Advertising
Research, Studies, Advice
Developed by Yuri Ingultsov Software Lab.