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Let’s consider the effects of Monster drinks. 

                                           

What is a Monster drink?

Hansen Natural Company introduced monster Drinks in April 2002. Monster drinks are energy based beverages that have stimulating herbs and nutrients. There are a few types of Monster drinks like coffee and fruit flavored. Some of the ingredients in Monster are glucose, taurine, caffeine, and l-carnitine.

Glucose is sugar that is the primary ingredient in a Monster drink. A 16 oz Monster contains 54 grams of sugar. According to the National Institutes of Health, its a primary source of energy for most cells of the body.

Taurine is an amino acid that supports and helps regulate water and minerals salt level in the blood. A 16oz Monster has 2 grams of taurine. Studies show that taurine improves athletic performance.

Caffeine is that main ingredient in that Monster drink. According to the National Institutes of Health, stimulates the nervous system.

L-carnitine is an amino acid that converts fat into energy. The University of Maryland Medical Center says there is no proof that it can increase athletic performance.  

What are the side effects of a Monster Drink?

All the high caffeine that’s in the Monster is responsible for most of the side effects. Nervousness and jitteriness are side effects of drinking Monster. Agitation can cause sweating, tremor, and racing thoughts. Also the more you drink, the more anxiety you get.

What do the compounds in energy drinks do to the heart?

Energy drinks neither for children nor safe for their hearts. Each can contain high amounts of caffeine. 

Dr.Steven Lipshultz said, “The drinks have no benefit for children who drink them.” 

The American Heart Association’s meeting in New Orleans found that drinking Monster can mess with the heart’s rhythm. It can also increase blood pressure. The aforementioned changes can lead to irregular heartbeat and even sudden death.

Why are kids so obsessed with drinking Monster?

Most kids think energy drinks will give them more energy. Kids also think it will help them lose weight, but there is no evidence that energy drinks help with any of thesis goals. 

Briana Martinez

I am Briana Martinez and I am a freshman at JCECHS. On my free time I enjoy playing volleyball, and I enjoy reading. I love interacting with others. I am a writer for the Red Gold News paper.

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