Q: Are energy drinks bad for you?
A: I think this answer might hinge on your definition of “bad.”
Truthfully, why does anyone need to drink anything other than water? Why do you want to ingest excess calories and chemicals if you don’t need them? (and even “natural” energy drinks are full of preservatives and other things you probably can’t pronounce).
If you are an energy drink junkie, it’s probably because you are addicted to the energy buzz you get from the caffeine, sugar, and other ingredients. While kicking the habit may be hard, it can be done. Try reducing your intake by one can a day–or even half a can–until you get down to zero. Also, take a look at your diet. If you are suffering from energy lows during the day, it’s probably because you are not eating a good balance of proteins and carbohydrates.
If you are someone who drinks multiples of these drinks a day, there is a real danger of heart arrythmias.
Dr. Brent Ridge is the health expert for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. You can call and ask him a question live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 112 (1.866.675.6675). You can also follow along as he learns to grow his own food and raise goats on his farm in upstate New York by visiting www.beekman1802.com.
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