Don’t Pour E-Drink into Glass

27 Jan

energy drinks

It looks weird in color.  Like the chemicals that they are.  I never want to see a Windex-color, cloudy lavender, or weird, bright combinations that closer resemble what’s under my kitchen sink than anything plucked from a crop.  And when seeing it–you actually have to be conscious that it’s poison.  I have no allusions that it isn’t terrible for you, but others must:

http://brown.edu/Student_Services/Health_Services/Health_Education/alcohol,_tobacco,_&_other_drugs/energy_drinks.php

When used occasionally, energy drinks are not necessarily bad for you, but they shouldn’t be seen as “natural alternatives” either. Some of the claims they make like “improved performance and concentration” can be misleading. They are marketed as dietary supplements, and the FDA does not approve or review the products before they are sold. Some energy drinks have no caffeine but instead use the stimulant guarana, which is the equivalent of caffeine. Others may say that 1 can is 2 servings so you have to calculate the correct amount of caffeine.

This site also provides some interesting info about alcohol + E-drinks.

As such, I think it’s a good idea to clean up school food/bevs.  But ALL of it.  The vending machines, soda, energy drinks, sports concessions food, and fundraising items.  All of it should go.  The school lunches could do better as well–pizza obviously shouldn’t be counted as a serving of veg.  But the corporations are not excited to give up their toe-hold on educational centers.  They have a captive audience, these children are establishing LIFELONG health habits, so they are garnering long-term consumers.  And the school like the partnerships too–they are getting gyms, sports fields, and sponsorships for GOOD things.

It’s a real problem

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/mother-tongue/10589183/Banning-Red-Bull-Monster-energy-drinks-from-schools-Why-not-Coke-Sprite-and-Fanta-too.html

They are in fact energy drinks, the market for which is growing fast. Since 2006, the UK’s consumption of these beverages has more than doubled to 475 million litres. That’s around 7.6 litres per person, and coins in £1.4bn for the producers of the newly declared public enemy.

compromising more than 45 per cent of the soft drink market. Energy drinks represent a paltry 3.3 per cent. . .  On a per person basis, compared to the seven or so litres we each poured down our gullets of energy drinks last year, we each sloshed 102 litres of the fizzy stuff through our systems. 

 

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One Response to “Don’t Pour E-Drink into Glass”

  1. 2spirals January 29, 2014 at 9:27 PM #

    I love energy drinks. Fizzy vitamins.

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