If you love energy drinks like I do, prepare to freak out completely. A man from Australia says his doctor told him that the ingredients in the drinks are eating the flesh on his tongue.
People who love these drinks swear by them as a quick pick me up in the afternoon, or any time they need to be wide awake. I think most people probably know they aren’t at all healthy, and in fact can be quite detrimental to our health. I wonder if everyone understands just how bad for us they are.
Ingredients in Energy Drinks Can Eat Flesh?
That heading sounds like a bad horror movie that people would definitely laugh at. Unfortunately, it appears to be true.
A school teacher named Dan Royals is sharing his experience in the hopes it will help others avoid what he’s been through.
Dan says he would sometimes drink 6 energy drinks in one day until his doctor told him excessive sugar and chemicals – including amino acids, B vitamins, and herbal substances – were eating away at his flesh.
When Dan noticed that his tongue was covered in blisters and peeling, he went to see his doctor. He snapped a pic of his tongue afterward and posted it on Facebook,
“That’s what that s*** does to your tongue, imagine what’s it like on your internals?” he warned. ” “Up until recently when this started to occur I was drinking at least 5-6 a day (lack of energy teaching kids usually) and I brush daily, went to the doctor and boom! Found out it’s the chemicals in these drinks that are causing it… It literally eats away at your tongue.”
Warnings About Energy Drinks
NHS.uk reports the following as some of the dangers of energy drinks.
Caffeine overdose (which can lead to a number of symptoms, including palpitations, high blood pressure, nausea and vomiting, convulsions and, in some cases, even death)
Type 2 diabetes – as high consumption of caffeine reduces insulin sensitivity
Late miscarriages, low birth weight and stillbirths in pregnant women
Neurological and cardiovascular system effects in children and adolescents
Poor dental health
There Is a Real Caffeine Overdose Danger
Most energy drinks pack up to a whopping 400 mg of caffeine in one can. For contrast, an 8-ounce cup of coffee has about 150 mg of caffeine, and a can of Coke has 34. Doctors recommend that people consume no more than 200 mg a day if possible.
Caffeine raises the heartbeat, blood pressure, and causes dehydration. It can also cause jitters, heart palpitations, headaches, and nausea.
So Much Sugar
Some energy drinks have more than 63 grams of sugar! I could have 2 chocolate ice cream cones for that much sugar!
Dumping that much sugar into your body is so counterproductive if you want to have energy. The sugar will spike insulin levels which means that in about an hour after you consume it, you’ll crash.
Energy Drink-Related Illnesses in Kids
A 14-year-old boy from Norway was hospitalized with kidney failure after drinking 4 liters of a caffeine-laced energy drink. (source)
A 14 year-old girl’s parents are suing Monster Energy Drinks after their daughter drank two of the energy drinks in 24 hours and later died. (source)
The Cleveland Clinic has this to say, “A study recently presented at an American Heart Association (AHA) meeting revealed that children younger than age 6 represented more than 40 percent of the emergency calls to poison centers that were related to energy drinks. The effects the energy drinks had on the children included heart arrhythmia and seizures.”
Are you going to give up energy drinks?
If you’re a big fan of energy drinks, like anything else, moderation is key. If you consume them once in a while, it may not be a big deal. Only time and research will say for sure.
In the meantime, be sure to keep them away from kiddos!
Sher Bailey is a writer in the Midwest who believes the power of humor, Mod Podge, and grandkids can fix most problems in life. You can find her at SherBailey.com.