I was interviewed last week for a segment on WCBI-TV regarding energy drinks. You can watch the segment on the WCBI website. I enjoyed learning more about sports and energy drinks while getting ready for the interview. Here are a few key points I picked up:
- Many cans of energy drink (examples: Monster, Red Bull, Full Throttle, Rockstar, etc) contain as much caffeine as 1-2 or more cups of coffee.
- Many young athletes today have begun downing 3-5 cans of energy drinks before hard workouts, trying to get a “boost.”
- Excess caffeine consumption can raise your blood pressure and heart rate to dangerous levels when combined with high intensity exercise and heat.
- Caffeine also acts as a diuretic, thereby increasing your hydration needs.
- Most energy drinks and supplements are not regulated by the FDA (the government agency that oversees our food supply). Many “quick fix” supplements included in these cans have not had much testing performed on them (an example of this is the Ephedra drug that was found to cause serious heart problems).
- Most cans of energy drinks cost anywhere from three to five dollars, which is a pretty high price to pay for some souped up caffeine.
- One of the best rehab drinks you can find: Chocolate Milk! With 8 grams of protein per cup of milk, simple carbohydrates, and a delicious taste, chocolate milk will help you get all the protein and refreshment you need after a tough workout.