Dr Oz: Miracle Energy Drinks
Doctor Oz did a show called “The New Miracle Energy Drinks: Do They Really Work?” Energy drinks are one of the fastest growing markets in America. Once aimed toward gearing up your kids, these drinks are now being targeted to you—the busy mom. This year alone, sales of energy drinks hovers in the 9 billion range and they want you as part of their growing market. With powders and travel size shots, energy drinks are packaged to be convenient quick boost of energy while on the go.
The questions is, do these drinks really work? Before the show, Dr Oz passed out test tube energy shots to the entire audience. When he asked the audience how many felt more energized, a few people raised their hands. Danitra, one audience member, stated that she was tired when she first came to the show, but now she felt energized. Her friend, Andrea, felt the same. Andrea stated that the Dr Oz energy shot didn’t give her the jitters and that she felt good. Another audience member stood up and told Dr Oz that she felt better. When asked about the taste, she replied, “It kind of tasted like seltzer water.”
Dr Oz grinned and told her that—guess what?—It WAS seltzer water. He had just duped the entire audience just like marketers dupe consumers. Dr Oz continued by telling the audience that he noticed not one person even asked what was in the tube. He stated that you needed to know what you put into your body. Dr Oz went back to Danitra and asked how she felt now. (Stupid comes to mind!) Danitra laughed and promptly told him that she’d “fix him later.”
Dr Oz admitted to being duped too. He used to take a vitamin drink and felt it was helping him stay healthier. Then, he started losing sleep. He soon found out it was an energy drink that was designed to keep him up.
Dr Oz: How Energy Drinks Work
Dr. Peterson, a contributor for Women’s Health Magazine, stated that yes, energy drinks do work. They can increase alertness, but at a price. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) does not regulate the drinks because they contain ingredients that are considered herbal supplements. Herbal drinks are packaged in 3 common ways:
-cans- premixed and ready to drink. Cans may contain more than one serving, so be sure to check.
-shots- people tend to chug all at once, so it hits you hard and fast
-powders- convenient because you just add water and slip slowly throughout the day.
Dr Oz: Energy Drink Reality
-Energy drinks contain caffeine- Some even contain 80 mgs to 300 mgs of caffeine per serving and you may have more than one serving per can. The added herbs may actually give you even more caffeine.
Dr Oz had an audience member rank the caffeine quotient in order, from lowest to highest to lowest. Here is how she placed the order.
Only a few audience members agreed with her.
Highest—Energy Drink: contained 300 mgs
Brewed Coffee: contained 135 mgs
Espresso: contained 100 mgs
Tea: contained 50 mgs
Soda: contained 30 mgs
Lowest—Dark chocolate: contained 20 mgs
Dr. Peterson stated that some of the side effects of too much caffeine is being jittery and jumpy. You could also raise your blood pressure 14 points when consuming energy drinks.
Dr Oz: The Truth About Energy Drinks
The Truth About Energy Drinks: Vitamin B3 and Vitamin B6
Dr Keri Peterson stated that there are massive amounts of vitamins in brands of energy drinks that don’t necessarily work unless you’re deficient and most people are not normally deficient in vitamin B. The good news is that most of the B vitamins are not considered toxic. The bad news; vitamin B6 can cause damage to nerves and may induce some tingling. There have been no studies to see how these vitamins interact with other medications. .
Dr Oz: Guarana Seeds & Ginseng
Dr. Peterson stated that studies have not been done to indicate how potent natural stimulates are when combined with caffeine. Natural stimulates include:
Guarana Seed—1 seed has twice amount of caffeine. Look on the label.
Ginseng—boost brainpower, but only above 200 mgs. Many energy drinks do not contain this much. Ginseng may also interact with blood thinners.
Dr Oz: Energy Drink Sugar Content
Energy drinks can have up to 14 tsp of sugar. The daily recommended limit is 6 tsp. Because of this, your blood glucose levels can spike up, but then come crashing down. Because energy drinks contain a lot of sugar, they are full of calories. You can purchase energy drinks with artificial sweeteners, but then you may be subject to cravings. (Check out previous Dr Oz Shows on this subject.)
Dr. Oz stated that sweeteners gave you a high that your body cannot maintain over long periods of time. Your body needed a more steady experience that it could handle. Energy drinks should not be taken regularly. They are designed for emergencies and for use only when you have to.