Energy Drinks and Sports Drinks Confusion and Risks
The History Sports and Energy Drinks
The strange origin of sports drinks go back to the summer of 1965, when a University of Florida Gator's assistant football coach asked a team of university physicians (led by Dr. Robert Cade) to determine why the heat was affecting so many of their athletes From their research it was discovered that the fluids, electrolytes and carbohydrates the players lost during practice and competition were not being adequately replenished. The scientists used these findings to formulate a carbohydrate-electrolyte beverage called Gatorade. The following year, the Gators went 9-2 and won the Orange Bowl. Other colleges, hoping for similar results, soon began ordering batches of Gatorade and the sports drink industry was born.
The first energy drink may well have started in Scotland in 1901 under the name Iron Brew, which was subsequently changes to Irn-Bru It, is currently advertised as Scotland's other National. In Japan, Taisho Pharmaceuticals introduced a drink called Lipovitan-D in 1962. It contained a blend of B-vitamins and taurine, which are proposed ingredients intended to bolster energy and concentration. Then in 1987 an Austrian named Dietrich Mateschitz furthered this idea by combining sugar and caffeine, formulating Red Bull. The popularity of Red Bull quickly spread in Europe and a decade later appeared on the U.S. market. Today, energy drinks are extremely popular with over 500 brands appearing on the market in 2006 alone.
Sports and energy drinks are available in corner stores, gas stations and bars, often displayed alongside soft drinks and juices. Energy drinks are soft drinks advertised as boosting energy. These drinks usually do not emphasize energy derived from the calories they contain but rather through a choice of caffeine, vitamins, and herbal supplements the manufacturer has combined.
Energy drinks-They (Joose, Four Loko, Red Bull and Spark) 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), vitamins and glucuronolactone, a carbohydrate.
Sports drinks- They (Gatorade or Powerade) re-hydrate our body and provide sugars, which the body burns to create energy and replenish electrolytes. Electrolytes maintain salt and potassium balances in the body.
Health Risks Energy drinks
Problems may arise with energy drinks when too many are consumed or when mixed with alcohol. For example, they have become popular at all-night dance parties, bars and clubs. People drink them to keep up their energy during periods of intense physical activity or drink them after exercise to quench their thirst. Rather than re-hydrating their bodies, these drinks may actually lead to dehydration.
- Energy drinks has found to be suspected adverse reactions. Symptoms have included cardiac irregularities and neurological effects.
- Energy drinks should be consumed in moderation. Energy drinks should not be taken on an empty stomach and should not replace food.
- Never mix energy drinks with alcohol.
- To help re-hydrate your system after intense physical activity or exercise drink water.
- Authorized energy drinks will have an eight-digit Natural Product Number (NPN) on the label