Let’s separate the truths from the myths surrounding energy drinks

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Understanding energy drink consumption has been a long-standing battle of proving fact from fiction. With today’s lifestyle becoming busier, keeping up with the demands to fulfill more in a day turns more and more time and energy consuming. But energy drinks have given active lifestyle enthusiasts to get more things done. If there is one truth about energy drink that needs no proof, it’s that you can control what you consume, and knowing the truths will allow you to maximize its benefits.

1. Energy Drinks Contain High Levels of Caffeine

MYTH. A 240ml bottle of the leading energy drink contains about 90mg of caffeine compared to a medium or large brewed coffee that has three times more caffeine content. But more than the buzz, energy drinks also have added ingredients such as B-vitamins, ginseng, and inositol, which also help boost energy and mental alertness. It’s always best to check the label to see how much caffeine an energy drink contains.

2. Energy Drinks Are Also Sports Drinks

TRUTH and MYTH. While there is no difference between sports drinks and energy drinks, it’s more correct to say that energy drinks can be used as sports drinks. They are both categorized as water-based flavored drinks, which may or may not contain electrolytes, vitamins and other nutrients. The ingredients energy drinks provide are intended to enhance physical performance especially before workout. However, keep in mind that energy drinks are diuretics because of the caffeine content, which is why it’s important to balance it with water.

3. Energy Drinks Are Not for Children or People with Caffeine Sensitivities

TRUTH. With caffeine being the key ingredient in energy drinks, people may experience effects on sleeping habits, moods, and even appetite. Similar to how you keep your children away from coffee and sodas, drinking energy drink is also not recommended for them.

4. Energy Drinks Cause Palpitations and Difficulty in Breathing

MYTH AND TRUTH. The main bad reputation is experiencing heavy palpitations that may cause breathing difficulties. Caffeine is present in most of what you consume: energy drinks, sodas, teas, and even chocolates and nuts. People who are not used to consuming this ingredient, or at the very least, people who do not drink coffee, will have higher chances of experiencing the effects—not because it’s unsafe but because the body adjusts to the added stimulant.