The Danger of Energy Drinks

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Everyone is looking for a way to stay awake and energetic like they were when they were younger, or a way to pull an all-nighter with your friends. This is where energy drinks come in. "Energy drink history really begins in Europe and Asia, where these popular drinks were first developed. Although there are many different varieties in countries throughout the world, RedBull was the first to be introduced in the United States"("FactExpert"). Ever since that fateful day the popularity of energy drinks has increased dramatically around the world; however, energy drinks don't come without serious health related side effects. Over the years, many doctors and other funded programs have tested the side effects on people from energy drinks, and the results are not good. According to "a new (unpublished) study presented at the American Heart Association’s 2013 Scientific Sessions found that downing energy drinks can raise systolic blood pressure by an average 3.5 points and can cause potentially fatal irregular heartbeats. Your risk of dangerous heart-rhythm disturbances is higher if you have an underlying heart condition or high blood pressure"(Ansel). With all this proof of energy drinks, in large quantities, being bad for a person. Why are there not more regulations and safety precautions on energy drinks? The production and selling of energy drinks are and will be the next largest soft drink product to come out since pop. What exactly are in an energy drink, besides sugar, what do those ingredients do to the human body after consumption? The most common ingredient that everyone knows is in energy drinks are caffeine. "Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, giving the body a sense of alertness as well as d... ... middle of paper ... .... Shape Magazine, 9 July 2013. Web. 25 Feb. 2014. . HealthDay, WebMD News from. "Energy Drinks Affect Heart, MRI Scans Show – WebMD." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 25 Feb. 2014. . Krucik, George. "Caffeine Overdose." Healthlines RSS News. N.p., 16 July 2012. Web. 25 Feb. 2014. . Solanki, Parul. "List of Energy Drinks.", 06 Mar. 2010. Web. 25 Feb. 2014. . "Top 10 Energy Drink Dangers." Top 10 Energy Drink Dangers. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2014. .

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