Are Energy Drinks Bad For You?

Are Energy Drinks Bad For You?

If you were looking for a definitive guide for all your energy drink questions, this is it. Standard energy drinks. Pre-workout drinks. Drinks with all-natural ingredients. CaffeineMan and GreenEyedGuide cover it all. With this series, you’ll get science-based, no-BS answers to the big question, “Are energy drinks bad for you?”

  • In Part One, you’ll find information about the stereotypical energy drinks and their ingredients.
  • Part Two focuses on caffeinated pre-workout drinks. These types of drinks have ingredients intended to give exercise benefits.
  • The final episode, Part Three, features healthy energy drinks that even the worst energy drink hater would enjoy.

Ready? Let’s go!

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New to this blog? Hi there! I research caffeine, energy drinks, and fatigue in the workplace.

I’ve been passionate about the science behind energy drinks since 2003. After getting my degrees in biochemistry and food science, I wrote a book all about energy drink ingredients and safety concerns.

I’ve always been fascinated by caffeinated beverages, and by some of the energy drink stereotypes and caffeine misconceptions that just won’t go away. As a result, my mission as the “GreenEyedGuide” is to help people who deal with caffeine and fatigue on a regular basis.

Are Energy Drinks Bad For You? All Ingredients reviewed and the Science behind the ingredients.

 “Are energy drinks bad for you” is the number one question asked about these drinks. Likewise, the question, “Are energy drinks good for you?” would be a close second. The problem is, these are not simple yes or no questions. Thus, in Part One, we’ll review the good and bad of energy drinks. Also, we’ll take a deep-dive into the most common ingredients and what they do to your body.

  • 0:30 – Summary of topics
  • 1:06 – Introduction
  • 2:40 – Reason for making video
  • 3:44 – Resources for information
  • 4:40 – Shout-Out to others experts on caffeine
  • 8:48 – Children and caffeine
  • 10:29 – Common energy drink ingredients

Are Preworkout Energy Drinks Bad For You & the TRUTH Behind Sucralose. Is Sucralose bad for you?

This is part two, “The Pre-workout Edition”. Since pre-workout drinks have more complicated ingredients, caffeine scientist GreenEyedGuide joins the conversation. In short, this episode reviews the science behind common workout-related ingredients like BCAAs, citrulline, and more. Additionally, CaffeineMan and GreenEyedGuide review the latest research on Sucralose and gut health.

Are (ALL) Energy Drinks Bad For You? Healthy Energy Drinks that BREAK the Stereotype

Are ALL energy drinks bad? Here’s Exhibit A to prove NOT ALL ENERGY DRINKS are “dangerous concoctions of high caffeine and sugar”. This episode provides conclusive evidence and real energy drinks you can drink or show someone who thinks all energy drinks have the same impact on your health.

  • 2:45 – Defining “energy drink”
  • 3:15 – Types of energy drinks in this episode
  • 4:08 – Water vs Green Tea
  • 5:00 – Sugars and sweeteners used in energy drinks
  • 6:00 – What you need to know about “real sugar” in energy drinks
  • 7:15 – How much sugar in one day
  • 8:45 – Which kind of sugar is best
  • 11:50 – Caffeinated Water Examples
  • 13:10 – Green Tea benefits and examples
  • 15:00 – Yerba Mate vs Green Tea
  • 16:20 – Yerba Mate drinks
  • 17:30 – Special Category healthy energy drinks

Meet the Team

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Keeping you informed on all things caffeine related

Want to know how much caffeine is in your favorite energy drink? How much caffeine is in coffee? How much caffeine is in tea? CaffeineMan has all those answers! The CaffeineMan YouTube channel tends to focus on energy drinks, but you’ll also find caffeinated product reviews as well as informative caffeine videos. CaffeineMan’s goal is to keep people informed on Caffeine Safety & all things caffeine related.

If you enjoy this content, you can support CaffeineMan on Patreon.

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Science behind caffeine, energy drinks, and burnout.

Danielle’s been studying caffeine and energy drinks since 2003. Even back then, she wanted to be a resource – a guide – for people with questions about energy drinks. In fact, this is how she got the name “GreenEyedGuide”. Her mission is to help people work better, sleep better, and feel better. If you have concerns about caffeine or struggle with sleep-deprivation, GEG can help. GreenEyedGuide is your guide to the science behind caffeine, energy drinks, and burnout.
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Final Thoughts

I have no problems with people who choose not to drink caffeine at all. Or with people who choose coffee over energy drinks. My problem is when people make diet decisions out of peer pressure or fear.

I hope this series of YouTube episodes has shed some light on energy drink misconceptions. If you have any questions about the ingredients or drinks mentioned here, drop it into the comments. CaffeineMan and I would be happy to answer any questions you have.

Thank you for taking the time to watch this, and for sharing with anyone else who might still be under the impression that “(all) energy drinks are bad for you.”

Related Reading: GreenEyedGuide calls Time Magazine on their Misleading Article About Energy Drinks >> Open Letter to Time Magazine

And thank you, CaffeineMan!

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