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Energy Drinks: Is It Safe to Get Buzzed?


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Would you believe there are now at least 200 different energy drinks on the market? Yep. It's a billion-dollar industry. But is it a good idea to get an energy-drink buzz?

"There was a time when we would get our caffeine intake from coffee and cola, but now there are a number of caffeine-containing beverages, and we need to be careful because over a period of 24 hours, that caffeine intake is cumulative," says Dee Rollins, R.D., PhD, a dietitian with Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine in Grapevine, Texas.

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Experts say energy-drink consumers should keep careful track of the amount of caffeine they get in a day. "If you know that 400 milligrams a day is the upper limit, you can check the back of the labels and make sure that you don't get more than that," explains Rollins. It may sound like a lot, but 400 milligrams is roughly the equivalent of just one energy drink and two cups of coffee. Getting more can lead to jitteriness, nausea, heart palpitations, and in more extreme cases, severe symptoms. "It can be so bad that if you take too much caffeine you can end up in the hospital thinking you might have flu-like symptoms and really it's caffeine overdose," says Rollins.

For most people — if they're not getting more than around 400 milligrams of caffeine a day — these energy drinks are safe, says Rollins. But here are some important things to remember:

Don't drink energy beverages while exercising. It can lead to severe dehydration.

Don't ever mix these drinks with alcohol. Doing so can mask how intoxicated you really are, and it can be extremely dehydrating.

Remember, in addition to caffeine, most energy drinks contain very high amounts of sugar and sodium, which can be dangerous for diabetics or those with high blood pressure.

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