How bad are energy drinks?
I’ve been meaning to address this question for a while now, mainly for the sake of keeping my sanity.
I have had so many people, even strangers, come up to me and point out that I will die early from the energy drink in my hand.
People don’t know how to mind their business.
Sometimes, I genuinely consider following people around and pointing out whatever food they’re eating is going to kill them.
Like, “Sharon that pie is cutting ten years of your life. Or, George did you know that bacon you’re eating will give you cancer?”
So, here is a blog of me going through the ingredient list of a Monster Energy Zero Ultra Drink.
1st ingredient on the list is Carbonated water.
Carbonated water is just water infused with carbon dioxide gas. Not harmful.
2nd ingredient is Citric Acid.
It occurs naturally in citrus fruits. In biochemistry, it is an intermediate in the citric acid cycle, which occurs in the metabolism of all aerobic organisms.
3rd ingredient is Erythritol.
Erythritol is a sugar alcohol that has been approved for use as a food additive. After a lot of research, it has been found to be safe for consumption as a sugar substitute, even when consumed daily and in high amounts.
4rth ingredient is Taurine.
Taurine is an amino acid, a chemical that is a required building block of protein.
Taurine is found in large amounts in the brain, retina, heart, and blood cells called platelets.
5th ingredient is Sodium Citrate.
Sodium citrate is the natural salt of citric acid. It has a natural sour taste, and is used as a preservative and food additive.
6th ingredient is Panax Ginseng Extract.
Panax ginseng is a plant that grows in Korea, northeastern China, and far eastern Siberia. People use the root to make medicine.
7th ingredient is L-Carnitine L Tartrate.
L-Carnitine is involved in energy metabolism and mitochondrial protection. It is made in the body, but can also be consumed through food. L-tartrate, a salt of tartaric acid, is a potent antioxidant.
8th Ingredient is Sucralose.
Sucralose is an artificial sweetener and sugar substitute. The majority of ingested sucralose is not broken down by the body, so it is noncaloric.
9th ingredient is Caffeine.
Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant of the methylxanthine class. Aka legal drug that is consumed by a lot of people.
10th ingredient is Sorbic Acid.
Sorbic acid, or 2,4-hexadienoic acid, is a natural organic compound used as a food preservative.
11th ingredient is Benzoic Acid.
Benzoic acid is found both naturally, in foods such as berries and milk products, and as an added preservative in processed foods. Although one large dose of sodium benzoate given to animals showed lethal effects at 2 grams/kg body weight, a human could not eat enough foods containing sodium benzoate to get 0.002 percent of this amount.
12th ingredient is Niacinamide.
Nicotinamide, also known as niacinamide, is a vitamin found in food, used as a dietary supplement, and used as a medication. As a supplement, it is used by mouth to prevent and treat pellagra.
13th ingredient is Acesulfame.
Acesulfame potassium is one of five artificial sweeteners approved for use in the United States, as of 2014. The National Cancer Institute notes that results of these studies showed that the sweetener poses no risk to human health. According to Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, acesulfame potassium has been shown to be safe when used in moderation.
14th ingredient is D-Calcium Pantothenate.
D calcium pantothenate is a synthetic substance made from pantothenic acid and sold as vitamin B-5 supplements. Vitamin B-5 is one of the eight B vitamins and an essential nutrient your body uses to create energy and break down carbohydrates and fats.
15th ingredient is Guarana Extract.
Guarana is derived from the seeds of a South American tree. Because it’s high in caffeine, guarana has become a popular energy supplement.
16th ingredient is D-Glucuronolactone.
Glucuronolactone is a naturally occurring substance that is an important structural component of nearly all connective tissues. Glucuronolactone is also found in many plant gums.
17th ingredient is Inositol.
Inositol is a vitamin-like substance. It is found in many plants and animals. It can also be made in a laboratory. It is used for diabetic nerve pain, panic disorder, high cholesterol, insomnia, cancer, depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, promoting hair growth, psoriasis, and treating side effects of medical treatment with lithium.
18th ingredient is Pyridoxine Hydrochloride.
Pyridoxine Hydrochloride is the 4-methanol form of VITAMIN B 6 which is converted to PYRIDOXAL PHOSPHATE which is a coenzyme for synthesis of amino acids, neurotransmitters (serotonin, norepinephrine), sphingolipids, aminolaevulinic acid.
19th ingredient is Cyanocobalamin.
Cyanocobalamin is a man-made form of vitamin B12 used to prevent and treat low blood levels of this vitamin.
20th ingredient is Salt.
Table salt or common salt is a mineral composed primarily of sodium chloride (NaCl), a chemical compound belonging to the larger class of salts; salt in its natural form as a crystalline mineral is known as rock salt or halite.
These are just the ingredients from Monster’s Ultra Zero Energy Drink. All ingredients in energy drinks should be similar. (Correct me if I’m wrong)
So, next time Barbara comes up to you obviously not minding her own business, and tells you that you are going to die from the energy drink, ask her if she did research, because the stuff people eat is most likely a lot worse than consuming an energy drink occasionally. Unless they’ve done research on everything they consume, they have no right to voice their opinion.
(Unless they are your parent. Hi Mama, if you’re reading! lol You have to listen even if they’re wrong. ;P )
(Now if you chug this 5x a day, 7 days a week…that might be an issue you should evaluate. Either way, no one’s business. You do you.)
Links to where I got my information:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/126843-safety-information-benzoic-acid/ http://www.livestrong.com/article/481968-is-acesulfame-potassium-a-harmful-sweetener/ http://www.livestrong.com/article/459972-what-is-d-calcium-pantothenate/