What makes energy drinks bad for you compared to two cups of coffee daily?

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    What makes energy drinks (like Red Bull, Rock Star and Monster) so bad for you while drinking two cups of coffee daily is alright?

    I read online a while back that you are basically ruining your heart by drinking an energy drink per day.

    I am just curious why drinking coffee (in moderation – for example between two and four cups a day), is apparently fine, though. I’m just wondering why energy drinks are so bad yet coffee is alright.

    Why consuming energy drinks is so bad yet coffee is okay. Is there anything else in the energy drinks that makes them dangerous to the hearth?


    The problem is that some people consume energy drinks when they are thirsty. This is very dumb, and bad for human heart health in the long-term.

    Most energy drinks, like Red Bull, contain as much or more caffeine as a cup of coffee.

    As long as you drink fewer than 24 fl. o.z of energy drink in a 24 hour period, it is probably no worse for you than drinking four cups of coffee daily.

    Labels on energy drinks stating their caffeine content often significantly understate the actual amount of caffeine and other stimulants that are in the energy drink (according to this article).

    I don’t know if this is because of a deliberate marketing choice or lax labeling standards or simply laziness.

    The other difference between energy drinks and coffee is sugar. Energy drinks have a lot sugar in them, while coffee doesn’t (unless you add it yourself).

    When you’re thirsty, you should drink clean water, not dirty water (water containing sugar, artificial coloring additives, artificial flavors, etc.). Do not brainlessly copy memes you see on the TV or IRL (in real life). The manufacturers of energy drinks (and other drinks) are paying to spread their dangerous memes (energy drink manufacturers spread the meme “drinking energy drinks”, cola manufacturers are spreading the meme “drinking cola”, etc.). The drinks you see on the TV (except water) are not good for human consumption.


    Some of the energy drinks have a sugar free version, but then that raises the issue about artificial sweeteners.

    A series of experiments suggests that artificial sweeteners can cause glucose intolerance, by altering gut bacteria.

    Although artificial sweeteners are approved by most food regulation agencies (like FDA) as safe for human consumption, the researchers who led the work suggest that their use should be reassessed.

    Eran Elinav at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, says:

    The most shocking result is that the use of sweeteners aimed at preventing diabetes might actually be contributing to and possibly driving the epidemic that it aims to prevent,

    Read more in this article: Artificial sweeteners linked to glucose intolerance.


    These energy drink companies are regulated by the FDA. That has to affirm some type of assurance that these drinks are safe as long as they are moderately consumed. Too much of anything will hurt/kill you. Even if you drink too much water you can die.

    Water intoxication, also known as water poisoning or dilutional hyponatremia, is a potentially fatal disturbance in brain functions that results when the normal balance of electrolytes in the body is pushed outside safe limits by over-hydration.



    One of the issues with energy drinks is that they contain lots of additives that have unknown, or known bad effects. For instance, a lot of these drinks have a ton of carnitine, which a Stanley Hazen (researcher at Cleveland Clinic) showed drives the creation of atherosclerosis in humans.

    Cleveland Clinic researchers discover new link between heart disease and red meat

    The study shows that bacteria living in the human digestive tract metabolize the compound carnitine, turning it into trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO), a metabolite the researchers previously linked in a 2011 study to the promotion of atherosclerosis in humans. Further, the research finds that a diet high in carnitine promotes the growth of the bacteria that metabolize carnitine, compounding the problem by producing even more of the artery-clogging TMAO.

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