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Energy Drinks…are they aboostor abust? Catherine Kling Nourse Morrison Chartwells Dietetic Intern February 21, 2013
Objectives • To discuss history and evolution of energy drinks • To evaluate the ingredient and nutrient content of a sample energy drink • To offer an alternative to energy drinks
Which statement bestdescribes your use of energy drinks? • I have never tried an energy drink. • I drink an energy drink occasionally. • I drink an energy drink whenever I need a “boost” of energy. • I drink an energy drink almost every day.
Energy Drinks Definition Flavored beverages containing: • *caffeine • taurine • creatine • sugar • guarana • other herbal supplements • vitamins *99% of all energy drinks contain caffeine in varying amounts
Energy Drinks Through the Years • 1st created in Asia • Marketed as a medicinal tonic • Gained popularity in Europe in the 1980s • Introduced in the US in 1997 • Increased sales 61% in 2005 • Originally targeted traditional college-age population • From 2010 marketed to Boomer Consumers • Safety of Energy Drinks under debate
Sports Drinks vs. Energy Drinks • Attempt to mirror body’s electrolyte/carbohydrate composition • Claim to replenish losses that occur with exercise • Highly caffeinated • Claim to increase mental and/or physical stamina from other ingredients
Energy Boost from Energy Drinks? • Caffeine can provide a temporary energy boost • But other side effects: • Energy drinks that contain sugar may contribute to weight gain • Excess caffeine can also contribute to: • Nervousness • Irritability • Insomnia • Rapid heartbeat • Increased blood pressure • http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/12/the-buzz-on-energy-drink-caffeine/index.htm • Not recommended for individuals with heart disease and/or high blood pressure • Other options: adequate sleep, physical activity, healthy diet*
*Healthy Diet • Components of a healthy diet: • Protein • Grains • Fruits • Vegetables • Dairy • Water • Superfood(s) consumption: a food with high nutrient(s) content that may confer health benefits • Examples: blueberries, salmon, soy, dark chocolate, yogurt
February Superfood: Yogurt Goal: 3 to 5 servings a week What it does: Some evidence linked to— • Increased bone health • Reduced problems associated with IBS • Decreased risk of stomach ulcers, vaginal infections, and breast cancer How to choose: Low fat yogurt with live cultures: Lactobacillus acidophilus Opt for plain and add your own fruit and/or nuts
Yogurt Varieties • Upstate Farms (peach nonfat) 180 calories, 6 grams of protein 0 grams of fat, 600 mg calcium • Dannon Light and Fit (strawberry banana nonfat) 80 calories, 5 grams of protein, 0 grams of fat, 150 mg of calcium)
Yogurt Varieties • Chobani Greek Yogurt (plain, low-fat) 130 calories, 17 grams of protein 2 grams of fat, 400 mg calcium • Frozen Yogurt (Cold Stone Creamery Plain Tart) 170 calories, 5 grams of protein, 0 grams of fat, 300 mg of calcium)
Monster Energy Analysis 16 ounce can (2 servings) • Ingredients: carbonated water, sucrose, glucose, citric acid, natural flavors, taurine, sodium citrate, panaxginseng, root extract, L-carnitine, caffeine, sorbic acid, benzoic acid, niaciamide, sodium chloride, guarana seed extract, pyroxidine, hydrochloride, sucralose, riboflavin, maltodextrin, cyanocobalamin • Results of a nutrient analysis include: • 100 calories • 27 grams of sugar • B vitamins (niacin, pyroxidine, riboflavin, B12) • 80 milligrams (mg) caffeine • Price: $2.99
Fruit SmoothieAnalysis 8 ounces (1 serving) • Ingredients: lowfat yogurt, bananas, fresh or frozen berries—blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries • Results of a nutrient analysis include: • 174 calories • 7 grams of protein • 242 mg calcium • 0 mg caffeine • Vitamins A and C • Price: $1.79
Drink This, Not That An Energy Boost: Monster Energy vs.Yogurt Smoothie Drink This: Yogurt Smoothie (174 calories, 7 grams of protein, 242 mg calcium, 0 mg caffeine) Not That: Monster Energy (100 calories, 27 grams of sugar, 0 grams protein, 80 mg caffeine) Price Comparison: $1.45 per serving for Monster Energy $1.79 per serving for Fruit Smoothie
Q and A Q1: How many people think that the traditionally marketed energy drinks are a real boost? Q2: Does anyone have any questions or comments? Q3: Who would like to sample some Greek yogurt?