Energy drinks have become both polarizing and ubiquitous in the past decade. Some people swear by those quirky coffee substitutes that come cold, carbonated, and in a variety of colorful containers and fruity flavors, but others reject them because they're skeptical about their safety. So whose school of thought is correct?
Studies have long suggested that too many stimulants are toxic for your body, as they contribute to an array of ailments ranging from headaches and insomnia to heartburn and heart attacks. And, with so many mysterious ingredients mixed into each brand’s energy-generating elixir — including gnarly sounding names like L-phenylalanine, inositol and citicoline — and minimal research to prove whether these chemicals are, indeed, fit for human consumption in large amounts, you have to wonder what scientists will learn about the effects of energy drinks down the line.
In the meantime, we’ve identified a collection of concoctions that could pose a threat to consumers who don’t pay attention to nutritional labels and serving size. Some of these beverages come with numerous servings per can/bottle/shot, meaning they’re not meant to be guzzled down like you’re funneling booze on Spring Break, while others are notorious for being laden with the sweet stuff.
Like most things, energy drinks are best in moderation, but if you’re a habitual user, this slideshow might motivate you to slow things down a bit. Here’s to your health.