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Cabot 1Ben CabotMrs. SmithEnglish 1120 January, 2018 An Energetic Debate Redbull. Monster. Rockstar. These are three very common, and well known products in our generation , and have grown in popularity as well as become a daily habit for many who are seeking a boost of energy. Throughout the years, major energy drink companies, such as Monster and Redbull, have been switching their focus to adolescent consumers, rather than professional athletes and adults. Although energy drinks can improve physical performances among the majority of athletes, many people are beginning to wonder the short and long term effects of energy drinks on both younger people, and adults. Although energy drinks may seem like an unimportant topic, few actually know the preposterous health concerns energy drinks pose to everyone, but to the youth in particular. These noxious drinks put more than 1,500 people, under the age of 18, in the emergency room in just 6 years (2005-2011). The big question spreading the globe, is do the uprising health concerns outweigh the original of purpose energy drinks?There are more than 14 different tempting flavors in Monster energy drinks alone, and every single one of them comes with a cost. Not only the actual cost to purchase the energy drink, but the countless health costs as well. There are major health problems linked to energy drinks, such as rapid heart beats, palpitations, dehydration, elevated blood pressures, and even Cabot 2heart attacks. Around 6 billion energy drinks were consumed  nationwide in the year 2010 (Kevin Pho, USA Today), and according to a survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration there were more than 20,000 emergency room visits by people because of energy drinks in 2011. It’s no mystery as to why so many people end up harmed by energy drinks, and why this number is growing exponentially throughout the nation. Energy drinks main two ingredients are sugar and caffeine. Although an exasperating amount of sugar is certainly not healthy to one, the human body can effectively tolerate specific amounts of the substance. Caffeine, on the other hand, is not only bad for one’s health if excessively used, but is also highly addictive. Dietician Christine Zimmerman is very familiar with the health risks involved with caffeine in energy drinks. “Caffeine is addictive for both adults and kids,” she says, “If you do become addicted to the caffeine in energy drinks, not drinking caffeine for some time can cause headaches, feeling tired, and many more side effects. An eight ounce cup of almost any energy drink can contain anywhere between 160-300 milligrams of caffeine per serving. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, under 50 milligrams of caffeine a day for kids, is a healthy amount to consume, and anything under 100 milligrams is healthy for adults. Caffeine can be very consequential if it is abused. Cabot 3` Even though energy drinks can come with wide ranges of health concerns, there are innumerable ways to prevent such happenings. “Energy drinks don’t necessarily have to be bad, unless you make them bad” explains Mrs. Zimmerman. Monitoring amounts of this substance do come with reduced health risks as well as the improved quality of the designated purpose of the drink. Mrs. Zimmerman describes how the human body eliminates small portions of energy drinks and the caffeine contained in them saying, “Your body metabolizes it out, but children don’t metabolize caffeine as quickly as adults can, so it can build up in your body, which can lead to some negative effects. By consuming small amounts of drinks high in caffeine, the body can use the ingredients in the drink, and then expose the excess of the drink, creating few to no problems.”. There are different standards for different ages of people. For example, adults are suggested to consume no more than 100 milligrams of caffeine a day, and can handle about one energy drink per day at the most. For the youth, no more than 50 milligrams of caffeine a day, but specialists always convince young people that consuming less is always better than more. Energy drinks have a sole purpose to consumers, and are made to do one job. Provide a boost of energy, through a pleasant tasting carbonated/non-carbonated drink. Let’s be honest, they do a pretty good job overall, whether it’s for an athletic event, or even just trying to stay awake. Energy drinks do live up to their full potential, and the producers for these drinks will do whatever it takes to achieve their main purpose. Energy drinks replace specific electrolytes such as sodium and enhance water absorption and even maintain blood volume. Christine Zimmerman, “So it is a convenient way for people to get what they need for the highest possible Cabot 4performance. Energy drinks can absolutely improve any type of exercise, in the sense that they act as an energetic aid, but these beverages are sometimes stereotyped by people believing that they keep you from feeling physically tired. For example, if you drank an energy drink before a 5k run, you would still physically feel tired even if you weren’t “sleepy” tired. Drinks consisting of caffeine can and are used by professional athletes most often to boost their performance, which is fine because they can tolerate that amount of caffeine, but large amounts of caffeine should not be consumed by student athletes for the best possible outcome. Many “regular” consumers of these products don’t feel like they would like to sometimes. If energy drinks are consumed on a daily basis during or before nearly any athletic event, some minor symptoms may occur. Some of these symptoms include headaches, dehydration, cramping and more. “For those who have, say multiple energy drinks a day, if they stop consuming these beverages for some time, it can make the body feel tired and no good overall” says Zimmerman. Energy drinks can cause some painful symptoms if consumed without any limits. Monster and Redbull energy drinks are growing in our generation, and will continue to grow because of the growing popularity among young adolescents, athletes, and other groups of people. Although they do come with some severe health effects, they do serve their number one purpose, which is improving performance, and keeping people from feeling tired. Energy drinks can be very safe, and delicious if monitored and controlled correctly. Works Cited”Energy Drinks.” Energy Drinks – Human Performance Resource Center, Accessed 17 Mar. 2017.Seifert, Sara M., et al. “Health Effects of Energy Drinks on Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults.”Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatrics, Mar. 2011, Accessed 17 Mar. 2017″Warnings Issued over Energy Drinks – Health News.” NHS Choices, NHS, Accessed 17 Mar. 2017.