Energy Drinks “Increase Stroke Risk by 500%” Due to Irregular Heartbeats

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The primary ingredients of most energy drinks are caffeine and sugar. Many energy drinks also contain aspartame, the artificial sweetener that has been linked to neurotoxic, metabolic, allergenic, fetal, and carcinogenic effects.

Consumption of diet drinks is also linked to greater risk of dementia and stroke.

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Research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke found that drinking diet soda is linked to a greater risk of stroke and dementia.

Why Energy Drinks Such as Red Bull are Extremely Dangerous

red bull

When feeling tired and low on energy, many people’s first reaction is to reach for a cup of coffee. Energy drinks are the another popular ‘solution’.

One of the most famous energy drinks, Red Bull, created a name for itself as a beverage that ‘gives you wings’. Sponsoring many extreme sport events, Red Bull’s marketing motto states that they support daring people and innovative ideas. They don’t mention the potential health dangers of their signature drink.

Energy Drinks Consumption Can Cause Stroke and Heart Attack

The popular Red Bull has now been associated with cardiovascular problems, including stroke and heart attack. It has been banned in Norway, Denmark and Uruguay, and France stopped selling it between 1996 and 2008.

Red Bull thickens the blood and provides the body with an unnatural level of stimulation.

Scott Willoughby, lead researcher from the Cardiovascular Research Center at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia, reports that one hour after drinking just one can of Red Bull, blood consistency of the research participants became abnormal and resembled that of a heart patient.

Willoughby warns that when combined with stress or high blood pressure, Red Bull can cause damage to blood vessels and creates the risk of blood clotting. This is especially dangerous for people who have a predisposition to cardiovascular disease.

Red Bull’s primary ingredients are caffeine and sugar. The sugar free version contains aspartame, the artificial sweetener that has been linked to neurotoxic, metabolic, allergenic, fetal, and carcinogenic effects.

The Red Bull’s original manufacturer in Austria even warns their customer not to drink more than two cans a day.

As with other caffeinated beverages, Red Bull gives you a quick high. But this is short-lived and it turns into a low, so you soon feel you need another energy boost. And another can (or cup). You enter a vicious cycle and many people get addicted to Red Bull and other energy drinks.

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Energy Drinks “Increase Stroke Risk by 500%” Due to Irregular Heartbeats

Energy drinks could increase a person’s risk of having a stroke by 500% as addictions are causing a rise in irregular heartbeats, claim experts.

It is thought that this is because excessive caffeine in energy drinks dramatically increases the amount of calcium released within the heart’s cells, disrupting the electrical rhythm.

Founder and CEO of The Arrhythmia Alliance, Trudie Lobban, said: “You wouldn’t necessarily have to have a faulty heart to suffer from arrhythmia – stimulants containing caffeine can trigger it. Six or seven coffees a day could do it, but these energy drinks carry a really high risk.”

Red Bull can Cause Acute Psychosis

On top of the adverse effects connected with high caffeine content, Red Bull contains different chemicals that have not been properly researched yet. Many people also combine it with alcohol, which adds to the potential dangers. It means mixing a stimulant with a depressant. This can overload the body and lead to serious health problems.

According to an article published in 2001 in the journal Medicine, Science, and Law, when combined with ephedra, which is also a stimulant, Red Bull can cause acute psychosis.

It is especially worrying that Red Bull and other energy drinks are marketed towards young people and students, creating a whole generation of people that is unable to reach normal energy levels the natural way.

What Happens When you Drink a Can of Energy Drink

Within 20 minutes, you get a sugar high. Your blood sugar spikes, resulting in a quick release of the hormone insulin.

Within 40 minutes, all the caffeine is absorbed and your body responds to this substance: the pupils dilate, blood pressure rises, and the liver dumps even more sugar into the bloodstream.

Around 45 minutes after you have had your energy drink, your body increases dopamine production, which gives you a sensation of pleasure – this is similar to the way the body responds to heroin.

After 60 minutes, you develop a sugar crash. The caffeine slowly begins to wear down and you can experience fatigue, change in mood, lethargy, mental fogginess.

Do you drink diet soda? Did you know that Drinking One Diet Drink Daily Can Triple Risk Of Dementia & Stroke (and Cause Cancer).

In addition, massive studies link soda to heart attacks, brain damage, depression, and kidney damage.

So what is the alternative to drinking excessive amounts of caffeinated beverages?

Many experts advise that by doing the following things you can successfully boost your energy levels:

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  • Improve your diet (find here 10 superfoods to superboost your energy and my other article about the best 8 secrets for endless energy).
  • Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Cut down on sugars.
  • Reduce your stress levels (find here natural remedies for stress and anxiety).
  • Get enough good quality sleep.
  • Exercise regularly.

“Everything in moderation” is usually pretty sound advice, but let’s face it: Some things you should just not put in your mouth. From artificial flavors and colors to words you’d need an advanced degree in chemistry to pronounce, there are thousands of ingredients making their way into your food that are simply not, strictly speaking, food.

10 Common Foods That Are Actually Fake and You Shouldn’t Eat

Just because the product you eat smells like a strawberry and tastes like a strawberry doesn’t mean it actually contains strawberry. Sometimes you need to ask yourself if what you are eating is a real food or is it just a mixture of chemicals and artificial additives.

Here are 10 food imposters you should never ever eat ! As a start I would suggest you to read the food labels and see what they contain – you may be shocked by what you find out.

I’ve already written in the past about the top 10 worst ingredients in food, and many of the foods listed below contain these ingredients, so watch out for what you eat.

1. Crab Sticks

crab stick

You may be thinking that you eat crab in crab sticks, but this name is misleading. Crab sticks are actually manufactured from a processed seafood made of finely cheap pulverized white fish flesh (called surimi), with different edible additions (crab extract, crab flavor, seasonings etc).

Surimi is available in many shapes, forms and textures, and is often used to imitate the texture and color of the meat of lobster, crab, and other shellfish. In crab sticks it is shaped to resemble leg meat of a crab.

It enables food manufacturers to take cheap fish and upgrade it to a taste of the most expensive fish meats such as crab or lobster.

This could have been worse as fish is considered good for us, but still it’s not a crab and it’s still a highly processed product with many additives. The assortment of additives may include other fish products, but it is usually egg whites, oils, salt, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and various starches and gums to create the expected texture.

2. Easy cheese

easy cheeseEasy Cheese is the trademark for a processed cheese product also referred to spray cheese or cheese in a can, and is a descendant of squeeze cheese packaged in a squeezable plastic tube.

This product was created for people who like to eat cheese but can’t be bothered to get a knife and slice it for consumption. It comes packaged in a pressurized can, much like canned whipped cream and does not require refrigeration.

Whereas cheese is made from handful of ingredients, Easy Cheese contains many additives such as whey protein concentrate, canola oil, milk protein concentrate, sodium citrate, sodium phosphate, calcium phosphate, lactic acid, sorbic acid, sodium alginate, apocarotenal, annatto, cheese culture and enzymes.

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3. “Cheez Whiz” cheese Dip

cheez whizCheez Whiz is a thick processed cheese sauce or spread, and many refer to it as ‘pseudo-cheese’.

The yellow paste usually comes in a glass jar and is used as a topping for cheesesteaks, corn chips, hot dogs and other foods. The advantage of it is that it’s more spreadable and melts better than natural cheese.

A single serving, which is defined as just two level tablespoons, contains nearly a third of a day’s recommended maximum of saturated fat as well as a third of the maximum sodium recommended for most of American adults.

The problem is that if you sit in front of the TV and start dipping your crackers in it, it’s hard to stick to only 2 tablespoons.

Also there are so many items listed in this product, starting with the watery by-product of milk called whey, canola oil, corn syrup, and an additive called milk protein concentrate, which manufacturers had begun importing from other countries as a cheaper alternative to the more expensive powdered milk produced by American dairies. So is it really a cheese, or perhaps more of a yellow-dyed paste?

4. Tofurky Italian vegan sausage

tofurkyTofurky is one of the leading vegetarian turkey replacement brands, and is made from a blend of wheat protein and organic tofu.

You’ve probably heard that cutting back on meat (especially red meat) can help prevent heart disease and cancer in some cases, but replacing it with processed meat substitutes comes with its own price.

Most meat substitutes are highly processed and full of artificial additives. Many are made from soy protein isolate, wheat gluten and other textured vegetable proteins, but also some questionable ingredients that help to mold them into meat-like shapes.

So read the label on the package before buying. If the list of ingredients is long, it’s more likely there are additives and preservatives to stabilize the food, add flavor, or change its consistency.

Some of these additives can include unhealthy amounts of extra salt, fat and sugar, as well as artificial additives. So why not just opt for tofu and green beans instead?

5. Chicken nuggets

chicken nuggatsUsually chicken nuggets contain just 40-50% meat and have been battered and deep fried. The rest seems to belong more to an industrial factory but not to a food retailer.

Chicken nuggets are sold in various portion sizes. We all know that white chicken meat is one of the best sources of lean protein, but what has happened is that some companies have chosen to use an artificial mixture of chicken parts rather than low-fat chicken white meat, batter it up and fry it.

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Chicken nuggets tend to have a high fat content because they are breaded and fried, and are high in calories, salt and sugar. Eating them occasionally will not kill you, but since they taste good, are cheap and convenient and kids love them, it’s easier to eat them more often.

6. Tang fruit drink

tangThis is a fruit-flavored breakfast drink that has been a part of many Americans’ breakfast since its release in the late 1950s.

It was used by some early NASA astronauts in their space flights and was marketed as an astronauts drink.

But you’re mistaken if you thought Tang was in any way related to fruit juice. For example, there is very little orange in the citrus flavored drink. According to its label, Tang contains sugar, less than 2% of orange juice solids, artificial colors and many other additives.

Actually most of Tang’s flavor comes not from orange juice but from “natural and artificial flavor”.

It is a drink that is engineered to taste like orange. You’d better have an orange with your breakfast to serve your body better. Instead of drinking this fake juice, go for real smoothie ! You can find out instructions on How to Make 10 Easy Smoothies for Breakfast.

7. White bread

white breadIt has been known for a long time that white bread and refined grains in general aren’t particularly nutritious with all the nutrients taken out.

As you know, whole grains are a good source of fiber and complex carbohydrates and can also improve your digestive system’s health, but when the flour is refined, it loses many of its nutrients.

Refined grains are no longer a complex carbohydrate and are no longer a slow release source of energy. They need little digestion and are absorbed rapidly so increase glucose levels in the body.

During the refining process of wheat, the germ and the bran is removed and this means that the most nutritious part of the grain including fiber, vitamins and minerals is lost.

It can be fortified, but sometimes with cheapest form of minerals and vitamins that are poorly absorbed by the body.

8. Uncrustables – peanut butter and jelly sandwich

uncrustablesThese are massed produced sealed crust-less sandwiches. If you are too busy to spend 30 seconds making a fresh sandwich, then this product is for you.

But look at the long list of ingredients and how processed this product is. The only thing on this list that looks like food is strawberries, but there is very little of it, and the rest are artificial ingredients that you’d be better to avoid, such as high-fructose corn syrup and heart-damaging hydrogenated oils.

9. “Gushers” fruit snack

gushersFruit Gushers are fruit snacks made primarily from sugar and fruit juice with other ingredients.

The ingredient list for the strawberry flavor is long and doesn’t even mention strawberry but sugar, corn syrup, artificial colors and many other additives.

So don’t fool yourself that this fruit snack is “fruity”. This is not a healthful snack product when, in fact, the product contains unhealthy partially hydrogenated oil, large amounts of sugar and artificial colors.

10. Maple flavored syrup

mapleMaple syrup is a syrup usually made from the sap of the maple tree, and many people love genuine 100% maple syrup, but the cheap, fake syrup that is a mix of water, high-fructose corn syrup and caramel coloring is not what you are looking for.

In the United States, “maple syrup” must be made almost entirely from maple sap, although small amounts of substances such as salt may be added.

On the other had “Maple-flavored” syrups include maple syrup but may contain additional ingredients. “Pancake syrup”, “waffle syrup”, “table syrup”, and similarly named syrups are substitutes which are cheaper than maple syrup, and in these syrups the primary ingredient is most often high fructose corn syrup and they have no genuine maple content.

So choose real foods as much as possible and be more aware of what goes into your body.

Related: Top 5 Cancer Causing Foods to Avoid According To Science

Bottom line: Even though you can buy these 10 foods at the grocery store doesn’t mean you should. find out more information about the top 10 worst ingredients in food  and about the top 5 Cancer causing foods to avoid.

On the other hand, you can find more information about healthy eating and nutrition in my e-book Effortless Healthy Eating which is part of the Natural Health Revolution Program. This program will help you to achieve your health, nutrition or weight loss goals.

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44 Responses to Energy Drinks “Increase Stroke Risk by 500%” Due to Irregular Heartbeats

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    • Liz says:

      I would definitely check out the actual article before taking this author’s word as gospel, there were 18 participants, and although there were interesting findings, the study concluded that there wasn’t enough information to come to an authoritative conclusion on energy drinks and increased stroke – https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/JAHA.116.004448

      Also, all things should be in moderation. Caffeine is a diuretic and a stimulant, so some of the above is possible. Read blogs with a tinge of skepticism as most of them are OPINION pieces with very little evidence to support it.

      • Jenny Hills, Nutritionist and Medical Writer says:

        Hi Liz, I think I provided enough evidence and studies in the article itself (you can click on the blue wording to access the studies directly), so it does not rely only on one or two studies. I think the big picture is quite clear, and it’s not a good one.

        • John says:

          I can attest to this article. I drank energy drinks for 12 years and have just recently been having heart arythmia issues at 31. I have had to quit all caffeine at this point. The dangers are real and people of all ages have died drinking these drinks.

          • Tess Obenauf says:

            Same here – I had been drinking Rockstars for almost 10 years. I lay in bed one night feeling like a fish was flopping in my chest and luckily lived to see another day (or so I was told). I’m very dismissive with my health and ignored all the warnings from doctors and friends. As I lay in bed that night feeling completely out of sorts, I just kept telling myself “it doesn’t matter if you don’t have a rhythm to your heartbeat, as long as it keeps beating you’re fine.” When my eldest daughter arrived the next morning to take me to the doctor, I spent 9 hours in the ER while they tried to get a rhythm to my heart. In discussions, they kept asking about energy drinks and how many I would consume…I was scheduled for tests and had to have surgery (ablation) as a result and told in no uncertain terms – NO MORE ENERGY drinks…coffee if I am an absolute addict but no more energy drinks or shots of any kind.

      • SUZANNE BROCK says:

        well i can offically tell you its true because my son age 17 , under went 14 hours of open heart surgury to repair his heart muscle , the right ventrical blew up to 5 times the size of his normal heart , he drank 2 yes only 2 redbulls ,and his heart nearly exploded in his chest ,, he was in front of our house skate bording for less then 5 mins , and he dropped to his knees , turning grey as if he was dead 911 ambulance ride then heleccopter ride to childrens hospital in toronto and within 1 hour of ariving he went into surgury to save his life I AM AN ADVOCATE FOR BANNING ENERGY DRINKS IN CANADA COMPLETELY

  2. eva medrano says:

    i love to know all the good things and bad things regarding what foods we need to eat and best for our health…i want to learn more from you…..looking forward to read more,,,,it’s very inspiring…

  3. Sebastijan Veselic says:

    And these 10 foods are just some of the reasons obesity is on the rise worldwide =). Easy cheese and chicken nuggets are prime examples of food that looks like food we know but is infact a modernized plagued-with-unhealthy-chemicals adaptation of those foods.

  4. ganesh gm says:

    Thank you for giving very useful informations

  5. Tobias says:

    Thank God I don’t eat any of that stuff! The only thing that I HAVE eaten from that list is white bread which I stopped many years ago.

  6. Trudy Guldin says:

    Sad thing is most people can’t afford to eat healthy.The fake food is much cheaper. I would really like to eat healthier then I do.I just can’t afford to.

    • JJ Walkie says:

      Typical defeatist excuse. I’m sure you have cable TV, and internet access that you pay for, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you spend thousands of dollars on stuff that you WANT, rather than need. So, that “I can’t afford to eat healthy” line is just a bunch of self-abasement, and is nothing but a lame excuse that people come up with to avoid doing something that they know they need to do, but deep down, really don’t want to make the sacrifice and effort.

      • Jeffery Guldin says:

        Wow JJ…My wife wants me to look at this article and this comment is what I find. My wife and I have actually been homeless after being laid off just a week before losing our home to Sandy and a few other misfortunes after that. But we try to be positive. Actually we live at a shelter together. We both got into a program and we are currently working at local library…where we can use the internet. We have nothing but each other…How do you spew such judgement over a person that you have never met or seen… Lesson learned?

      • Rhonda says:

        Wow! Being a little harsh, aren’t we. My husband is retired and I have pretty much been a stay-at-home mother. Even though we aren’t destitute, we do have to watch our spending. It is very expensive to eat healthy. We are trying, reading labels, cutting out soft drinks & aspartame, However, I do find it difficult to find good food in the grocery that doesn’t cost a fortune. It bothers me greatly, when I put myself in the shoes of someone who is having difficulty paying the electric bill, to discover all that I can find to purchase is nothing but junk. I used to wonder why poor people had so much obesity. Not any more. I will admit that I do also notice that a lot of people who are having difficulty buying good food smoke cigarettes. Kicking that habit would go a long way in buying healthier food.

      • R says:

        Yeah, its somwhat harsh comment but he’s dead on “RIGHT”. THAT’s A LIE THAT JUNK FOOD IS LOWER IN PRICE. Actually scross the board, healthy food is much more inexpensive. Respectfully you need to get out of the ding dong/twinky/Captain crunch isles and visit the produce section.

        • Amanda says:

          I agree.
          To the Guldin’s: My husband, myself, and our 3 children became homeless in 2008 due to 2 things: #1) our landlord passing away and his family wanting the house we’d been renting for years & #2) my husband being laid off after 17 years with his company only a week after our landlord’s passing away. We ended up in a shelter (& then a traditional housing facility) for nearly a year…and we were still able to eat healthy. So, I have personal experience with being homeless and not eating junk. All while on food stamps (which homelessness qualify you for).
          We didn’t buy junk food, sodas, or juices (all of which are not healthy…we aren’t meant to drink juice…we are meant to eat the fruit).
          We went to the farmer’s market for cheap local produce.
          The bread store (that sells almost expired bread that can be frozen).
          We also used a lot of coupons (like $10 off a $50 purchase, as well as regular coupons for dairy products, whole grain whole wheat bread, etc) at the grocery stores. Plus, I made a ton of meals from scratch, all while confined to a wheelchair for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Multiple Sclerosis & severe spinal stenosis in my cervical joints *neck* & S1-T5 *mid to low back*.
          While I also agree with another commenter that said the wording in the comment to your wife was harsh, I know it can be done as I’ve done it and currently volunteer at the shelters we were in, on how the new people can do it too.
          Meal ideas? Chicken, brown rice & red beans. Homemade chicken soup (whole wheat brown noodles, or no noodles). Shredded chicken sandwiches or peanut butter & fruit preserve sandwiches. Bean soup. Whole wheat spaghetti with seasoned crushed tomatoes (plain canned, but watch the label!) or fresh tomatoes if at the Farmer’s market), with onion, garlic & Italian spices. Just a fraction of meal ideas to give the idea. Snacking on fresh fruit or vegetables. Also, we were drinking only water.
          We always managed to have various fruits and vegetables on hand (celery & carrots> each around $1,
          bananas> $1 for about a dozen, apples >$2 for a basket, strawberries> $1/pt $10-15 for a flat enabling the rare fruit smoothie for a breakfast x5, canned vegetables> 50¢ each at the cheap grocery stores where you bag your own stuff with your own bags or 79¢ generic at regular stores, watermelon> $2-4, etc).
          Somehow we managed to eat very healthy, with 3 growing children, myself, and my Type 1 diabetic husband for under $1 per person per meal.
          Libraries usually have free time on a computer, and a spiral notebook of paper to write down recipes is usually under $1 & is worth every penny. Often a shelter will provide you with paper if you ask.
          Once online, you have a wealth of information on how to eat healthy and still spend less than buying junk. With the money leftover on our food stamp card (EBT), we often would buy vitamins & supplements which *are* covered by food stamps.
          For the same price as a 64 oz fruit juice $4, bag of chips $4, and a couple of 2-liter sodas $4…you can have a bunch of fresh fruits and veggies (fresh, frozen or canned for the veggies).
          It’s a choice to NOT look (ie: Google) up info for cheap healthy meal recipes. Nobody is saying you must eat everything organic and shop only at expensive health food stores. However, I’ve given examples on how it can be done and I know there is a ton of information on the internet as I still go to the library to print new recipes out.
          Oh, a common topic is craving fries. That’s simple. You can buy a few fresh potatoes, and bake them. Use oil and pan fry if you also crave the oil and want them crispy. You just peel them and slice them up. Pickles? A cucumber sliced up, placed in a bowl with vinegar and a tiny bit of salt are ready within minutes. Craving sweets? Make a simple cobbler from scratch, have oatmeal with a sliced banana, bake bread pudding, or make pancakes using real maple syrup (you end up using much less as it’s highly concentrated vs the unhealthy syrups). No money for maple? Ok. Just Google how to make something called “simple syrup”. However, maple syrup is quite healthy and lasts a much longer period of time (even with children!).
          I hope you’re able to do some searching online to see how it really isn’t more expensive to eat healthy. I can’t afford to buy all organic foods, but whatever I can buy, I do!
          P.S.,
          I just went and re-read your post and noticed you’re still homeless and both of you work at the library. You are surrounded with great information. If you’re in a shelter, you’re eligible for food stamps.
          I wish both of you the best of luck and hope you can get back on your feet soon! It can be hard…especially when people make terrible assumptions about anyone that is homeless and don’t know what life is like not having what so many people take for granted. So please, please take my comment into consideration.

          • Linda McCreary says:

            You are phenomenal. I photod your advice!
            I urge you to start a BLOG. Your story fascinated me. I think you could help so many people!! I am Linda McCreary in Texas, and you inspired me. Please invite me to be your friend!

          • Lynn M. says:

            Never in a million years would I have ever thought that I would be in that situation but I am and have been for a year and a half now. All within a matter of 1 month I lost my job of 25 years my son and was told I had kidney failure. I was grieving over my child loosing my job and finding out my body was failing me. Why I asked the lord. I stayed hungry for months not letting anyone know because I was to proud or embarrassed to tell anyone. Finally my neighbor said something to me about my weight, I call her old but very wise. Some people call it being noisy. She told me to go get help. That I had worked all my life and it was there for me also. Don’t be ashamed she said. I broke down and did and I am thankful for her advice. I have food stamps and make good decisions on the food I buy. I cook all the time now, mostly from scratch or homemade. I even watch cooking channels and write down the recipes I like. It can be done.! I am a product of it. God Bless You All. You Can Do It. Just Take Some Time For You…!

          • Julie says:

            Woooow,You Should Teach A Class,That Information Is Golden.. Take Heed Young Ones!!!

      • Lisa says:

        To JJ. You have no facts. Your entire rant contains one assumption after another. That’s not cool.

      • rosemary says:

        You have a poor way of speaking to people. Although “some” of the things you say are true, you’re insulting and very pushy. Must not have to many followers that take your advice.

      • Verna Adolf says:

        Ouch….laden with judgement and lack of understanding……

      • Scoop says:

        So true..! Ok certain people in certain circumstances can’t afford but large majority could. Like a large bag of good potatoes are as cheap as to burgers bought in a take away shop and will be better for you and last longer than couple useless pieces of pure fat burgers and act of that goes on and on. So lot of the time it’s down to one’s own determination usually.

  7. lolwatomg says:

    I eat crab sticks that say IMITATION crab on there.

  8. tina says:

    They serve those crustless sandwiches for lunch at my kids school ….:(

  9. Suzan says:

    I am a diabetic. Once when I was in hospital, I received the Smucker’s P&J crust-less sandwiches for 5 meals over 1 weekend. This after having a meeting with the hospital dietitian concerning the limited choices for a diabetic.

    • Jenny says:

      Unbeliavable!

    • Amanda says:

      If you’re ever admitted back to the hospital, use the room’s phone to call the cafeteria’s staff and let them know you are a diabetic and kindly ask for a diabetic meal.
      We had to do that for my husband after he had a quad bypass (type 1 diabetes + an undiagnosed birth defect of his heart caused 3 heart attacks within a short period of time). They weren’t sending him those sandwiches, but they also weren’t sending a cardiac + diabetes tray! His blood sugars went crazy!!
      It turned out that the doctor had failed to put that info down (regarding the diabetes), so they were sending the wrong type of meal trays and menus!

  10. kiki says:

    I do not eat any of these things and I am still very fat.

  11. Jose says:

    I’m surprise Skim Milk is not on the list. It’s the King of fake foods. Everything that is real milk is taken out of it, and then milk product is added back.

  12. Jupiter S says:

    I clicked the reference link above next to Scott Willoughby in Australia, and discvoered his scientific research points completely opposite to what this article cites. See copy/pasted from his conclusion below:

    Our review has found that the vast majority of the cases were due to excessive consumption of the drinks in a short period of time or when co-ingested with other stimulants such as alcohol and indicates that such drinks may be relatively safe when consumed moderately and separately. Additionally, the research covering the components of the beverages, such as caffeine, taurine, L-carnitine, glucuronolactone, ginseng, and guarana, seems to have a neutral to positive health effect unlike previously thought.

    I’m all about pointing out the negative impacts of certain food or highlighting alarming dangerous trends within societies’ eating/drinking habits, but this article fails to highlight the complete findings/conclusions.

    • Jenny Hills, Nutritionist and Medical Writer says:

      Hi Jupiter, well done for reading the complete research. I’m unable to provide the complete results of all the studies, and this is why I’m completely transparent and provide links to the original research. The point of the article is to highlight the dangers of energy drinks.

      You will also notice that the researcher said that “it may be important for energy drink producers to place warning labels of symptoms associated with an overdose in order to promote their recognition”. If we are all about transparency, I would expect to see this warning on the labels of energy drinks. Have you seen such warning? Why did you ignore this fact in your comment? You will notice that I didn’t cover it as well, because I cannot cover all the aspects in one article.

      You will notice that the general conclusion of the researcher was that energy drinks are associated with health risks, and this is what I conveyed in my article as well. Unfortunately I cannot get into all the fine details. At the end of the day it’s your decision.

  13. Brainiac says:

    Yet not ONE medical research article or citation was provided. Lol. Way to use scare tactics. Smh.

    • Jenny Hills, Nutritionist and Medical Writer says:

      You have all the links to the studies in the article itself. Click on the blue wordings to accesses each study.

  14. Michael Loebe says:

    What are the sources for all of these claims. Redbull actually has less caffeine than a cup of coffee. Everything in moderation. Stop being so alarmist. Show me the studies.

    • Jenny Hills, Nutritionist and Medical Writer says:

      You have links to the studies in the article itself. Click on the blue wordings to accesses each study.

      • Nick says:

        Sure, but if you actually READ these studies, you’ll realize that the extreme claims about the negative effects of energy drinks are mostly bogus. No mention of a 500% increase the first study. In the end of that study they even state that there needs to be a much more in-depth study to come to a definitive conclusion about any relationship between EDs and cardiovascular events.

        The one on acute psychosis was a man who mixed red bull with a ton of ephedra AND an unmentioned amount of alcohol. The article that the general public is reading simply states that red bull can lead to “acute psychosis”. The article is clearly heavily biased and not well researched. Poor

        • Jenny Hills, Nutritionist and Medical Writer says:

          Hi Nick, the conclusion from the studies mentioned in the article is very clear, and is not a good one. When looking at the whole picture, you can notice some very worrying effects that you cannot ignore.

          The first study mentioned in my article concluded that while energy drinks may show positive beneficial effects on exercise performance their possible detrimental health problems have been documented, particularly among children and adolescents. It mentions that various parts of the body are negatively affected by them, and the fact that they became popular is disturbing and people should use caution when consuming them.

          The second study concluded that “Despite some limited beneficial short-term effects, energy drinks should be considered a significant public health problem that warrants attention.”

          The third study also talks about the association between energy drinks and cardiovascular issues. The study suggested that energy drinks can be dangerous when used alone or in combination with other substances of abuse. The fact that more studies are required doesn’t diminish from the findings of this study, along with the other studies mentioned already.

          Another study mentioned more cases of adverse effects caused by energy drinks. While they discuss excess consumption of energy drinks, it is easy to see the effect they have on young people who don’t exercise caution when consuming them in casual events. In fact lots of people consume these drinks in excess because they are oblivious to their adverse effects. This is in addition to the case of the acute psychosis in this case report. You can clearly see that these cases add on, and it’s not just an isolated case. The other studies also mentioned various cases, so you can see a worrying pattern.

          In terms of increasing stroke risk by 500% – the study that I’ve mentioned in the article found that energy drinks consumption could cause arrhythmia (irregular heart beat). Arrhythmia increases a person’s risk of stroke five-fold and this is a well documented fact.

          In general, what I wrote in this article is not new and a quick search will enable you to find many other health issues associated with energy drinks. If you want to ignore these alarming finding, then it’s your decision, but don’t try to underestimate the severity of the above studies. I don’t think there is a point for us to continue arguing, as we are not going to convince each other. Let people do their own research and make up their mind. There are plenty of other healthier options that are not marketed aggressively and are much better for your health.

  15. Gwen Cox says:

    While I agree with not eating “crap”, I am saddened that the author did not thoroughly research some things before posting this article as fact. One example? The claim: “Red Bull’s primary ingredients are caffeine and sugar. It also contains aspartame, the artificial sweetener that has been linked to neurotoxic, metabolic, allergenic, fetal, and carcinogenic effects.”

    Red Bull does NOT contain aspartame. (I am sure Red Bull Sugar Free does.) Its ingredients are: carbonated water, sucrose, glucose, citric acid, taurine, sodium bicarbonate, magnesium carbonate, caffeine, niacinamide, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine HCI, vitamin B12, natural and artificial flavors, colors.

    • Jenny Hills, Nutritionist and Medical Writer says:

      Hi Gwen, the sugar free red bull does contain aspartame, and you are correct that the regular one does not contain aspartame. Lots of people opt for the sugar free version because they assume it’s better for you than the sugar version. However this is not correct. If we talk about the sugared version, then it contains a whopping amount of sugar, which we all know is bad for you. I’m happy to add the words “sugar free version” near the aspartame, but this does not distract anything from what I’ve said so I’m not sure what “other things” you refer to that are inaccurate.

  16. Gina anthony says:

    My husband drank monster drinks. Which is also a energy drink. He would drink 5 or 6 a day. He is 47 and had a stroke. The neurologist told him to never drink them again. He has high blood pressure and the drinks didn’t help

  17. Sandico says:

    I drink one Monster a day. And my blod preasure is high around 140. But when I don’t drink it for, let say, one or two weeks, it comes dow to 125.

  18. Joe says:

    That’s sad how they throw together whatever they want and call it “food”. I try like hell to get my kids to eat better and they wont have any of it. I fear they’re going to grow up and something happen to them because they wont listen. I was never a perfect child but always like vegetables and loved salads.

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