Essay on Energy Drinks

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Shafer 1 Andrew Shafer 6th Honors English April 18, 2007 The Ever Popular Energy Drink As of late there has a been a phenomenon with a certain type of drink. The drink in which I’m referring to is, you guessed it by the title, the ever popular energy drink. Energy drinks are used to supply a rush of energy for a short period of time time. Energy drinks were first created for athletes to use during training or in games but now are being consumed by a great number of people who are not participating in any sort of strenuous activity. There are people who even mix these drinks with alcoholic beverages during parties which obviously can be very, very dangerous . These “energy drinks” should only be used before a strenuous activity and also not used to hydrate your body. “"Energy drinks" are meant to supply mental and physical stimulation for a short period of time. They usually contain caffeine, taurine (an amino acid, one of the building blocks of protein) and glucuronolactone, a carbohydrate.” “"Energy drinks" should not be confused with sports drinks such as Gatorade or Powerade, which re-hydrate the body. These sports drinks also provide sugars, which the body burns to create energy and replenish electrolytes. Electrolytes maintain salt and potassium balances in the body.” Shafer 2 As stated in a recent report posted by the Canadian Adverse Drug Reaction Monitoring Program (CADRMP). Many people have wondered if there are any short term dangers to the drinking of these energy drinks. Well it depends on the person. If the said individual is very sensitive to caffeine well there is the first danger because energy drinks have as much as 80 mg. of caffeine. Compare that amount to an average soda ,like Coca-Cola for instance, which only

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