Rethink Energy Drinks

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

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katarzyna phillips

yes, energy drinks have a lot of ‘bad’ things in them, but in moderation, they can be enjoyed. if i have a can/bottle of energy drink, i’ll look at the calorie content and substitute that with some of the food i may want to eat that day, so i’m not over-calorie eating/drinking. same as the sugar content. i’m not a sugar fiend, but again, if i have one of these, i’ll look at maybe not having that piece of cake/biscuit/sweet treat at the end of the day. all in all, it’s about looking at your diet, the label and how that drink/food will affect your normal habits; and then work out the alternative to let yourself have it, if you feel you really need to. so it’s also about self control, something we humans with our ability to get food, have unfortunately lost

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra5 years ago

Thank you Dr. Brent, for Sharing this!

Roger M.
Past Member 5 years ago

Interesting. Thank you.

Summerannie Moon
Summerannie M5 years ago

Arrhythmia's and a Heart Attack waiting to happen to some unsuspecting person, who ignores the warnings and especially the young, who feel they are Eternal and impervious...

Patricia H.
Patricia H.5 years ago

thanks for the info

William and Kat Dresbach

Now Most of us think Healthy and this sure isn't on the List at all!
Not Needed!

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for the information.

Sasha M.
Past Member 5 years ago

That's interesting - thanks

Pauline Goh
Pauline Goh6 years ago

A glass of pure juice will do.