All natural 15 November, 2017 Isabel Vallejo
Energy drinks and nutrition bars tend to make promises, but consumers often begin to question them when they do not see their immediate effects.
Some people say that they increase their energy levels and alertness, while others say they offer extra nutrition, and increase your athletic performance and ability to concentrate. The TeensHealth website from the U.S. National Library of Medicine shares a few facts to consider about nutrition bars and energy drinks:
They contain excessive amounts of sugar and calories. This may be okay for athletes that burn a lot of calories doing high-intensity activities, such as biking. Among many youth, however, this excess amount of sugar and calories contributes to weight gain and causes cavities.
Energy drinks contain caffeine. As a stimulant, caffeine can have side effects such as anxiety, restlessness, an upset stomach, headaches and difficulty falling asleep. In high quantities, caffeine can have more serious effects such as tachycardia, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, hallucinations and seizures. These should not be a drank with the purpose of hydrating yourself.
Nutrition bars are not good substitutes for meals. While many of these bars contain vitamins and minerals, they do not provide all the nutrients the body needs to grow, develop, play sports and make it through the day.
The general recommendation is to avoid consuming these products, hydrate yourself with water, lead a healthy diet that includes fruits and vegetables and get exercise.