Studies suggest that energy drinks can increase your intake of junk food and alcoholEnergy drinks packed with caffeine can lead to excessive alcohol and junk food consumption amongst young people, according to two studies from Northern Kentucky University and the University of Buffalo. When these caffeine-rich drinks are used as a mixer, the sedative effects of alcohol are diminished, meaning young people drink for longer.
ZEST SAYS: If you panicked when you saw this headline, worrying that your post-half marathon Lucozade will lead to a weakness for junk food and alcohol, put those worries aside. Not only is further research needed, but these studies were based on popular caffeine drinks such as Red Bull rather than sports drinks. However, another recent study has shown that there are other health risks, such as insomnia, linked to these high sugar drinks too, as currently there are no regulations for the amount of caffeine in them. Energy drinks used for sport have recently come under criticism, too. Although they may not lead you to bingeing, they may well negate your half-hour on the treadmill, due to their high calorie content; isotonic drinks are better for longer training sessions.
Check out our guide to find the best energy booster for you.by Caroline HammanSource: www.zest.co.uk« Back to news