Have you ever felt that 3 pm lull on a Thursday afternoon? It's been two hours since you last ate and you're starting to struggle to keep your eyes open... What do you reach for? A cup of coffee? A bar of chocolate? An energy drink?
We've definitely been guilty of grabbing a Red Bull or a can of Monster when we've needed a little energy boost, but after seeing the post that teacher, Dan Royals, posted on Facebook recently, we might start avoiding them...
Energy drinks often contain more sugar and caffeine than soda.
Energy drinks first became popular in Asia.taurine, a free form amino acid that occurs naturally in the human body. It's utilized by the body when a person is exercising or feeling stress - that's why it works so well in energy drinks.
The first "energy drink" to hit the US market was called Jolt Cola.contained "carbonated water, sugar and/or high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, phosphoric acid, caffeine, citric acid and natural flavors."
In the 1990s and the 2000s, energy drinks like Red Bull, Monster and Rockstar became increasingly popular in the US.Caffeine Informer, Red Bull is now the most popular energy drink in the USA.
You won't believe how much of it was sold last year!
And the total dollar sales for energy drinks in the USA is pretty shocking too!
What does that say about us?
Energy drinks affect our bodies in different ways to soda.Time Magazine reported the results of a 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
And the results were pretty worrying.
Blood pressure and heart activity were monitored.
The results have really made us think (but not quite as much as Royal's picture has!).
That might not sound like much, but...
Both groups' blood pressure was raised after consuming their drinks, but it never got to the point that they were abnoramlly high.
So what does all of this mean?
Here's what study author, Emily Fletcher, has to say about it all...
But it doesn't necessarily mean that we have to stop drinking energy drinks altogether.
If these facts and figures aren't quite convincing you, wait until you see what effect energy drinks had on Dan Royals!
Maybe we're vain but...
Teacher, Dan Royals, posted this picture to Facebook recently.
via: Dan Royals/FacebookHe's claimed it's all down to energy drinks - and he drinks a lot of them! At least six a day, according to his Facebook post! He puts this down to a "lack of energy teaching kids usually."
We cringe everytime we see that picture.
Royals does smoke, but, other than that, he claims to look after himself pretty well.
Now we can visualize what our insides look like...
It's probably due to the acidity of the drinks and, of course, the high sugar content.Metro, "A study in the US showed that dental cavities can result from the acidic pH and high-sugar content of products such as energy drinks." And it looks like it's damaging our tongues, too!
Yes, sugar and caffeine (both of which are also found in soda) are a problem...
And this isn't the first time we've seen something like this!
via: Tara Pyner / SWNSPyner was also addicted to energy drinks. He started to drink them to give him energy while studying at college.
It really affected his confidence.
via: SWNSPyner stopped going to classes because he was so embarrassed by his teeth. "I never thought that it would get this bad", he said, "it’s affected my confidence dramatically. I had the ambition to become a games designer, but now my hopes have been dashed."
"I didn’t think much about it until I swallowed something hard before realizing that my upper four teeth had broken off."
He's stopped drinking energy drinks now.
via: Tara Pyner / SWNSBut it's going to take a lot of work to get his teeth looking as they once did. He's going to have to wear dentures and have at least twenty-four fillings!