JAN 05, 2016 07:34 AM PST

Just How Bad are Energy Drinks, Anyway?

WRITTEN BY: Xuan Pham

Sales of energy drinks like Red Bull, Monster, and 5-Hour Energy are growing, and they're growing fast. This multibillion-dollar industry is expected to be worth over $21 billion by 2017. But with the increase in the popularity of these drinks, maybe it's time to reexamine the health costs of these liquid energy boosts.

Energy drinks are loaded with sugar, caffeine, and other stimulants - designed to rev your body into overdrive. Along with the advertised increased alertness, some drinkers have also reported heart and neurological problems. What's scary is that these health consequences weren't confined to excess consumption of energy drinks. A study by the Mayo Clinic found that even just one energy drink could impact the health of your heart over time.

Watch the video to learn more about the health effects of these popular elixirs.
About the Author
  • I am a human geneticist, passionate about telling stories to make science more engaging and approachable. Find more of my writing at the Hopkins BioMedical Odyssey blog and at TheGeneTwist.com.
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