The U.S. military is warning troops not to consume too many energy drinks, saying it could do “some serious harm to your body.”
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What’s the Problem?
January 5, 2017 – A post on the pentagon’s official science blog last week details the health risks of energy drinks, citing a study which found that soldiers were more likely to fall asleep on duty if they consumed multiple beverages a day.
For the study, researchers at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research looked at data from over 1,000 soldiers and Marines conducting operations in Afghanistan in 2010. They found that approximately 45% of deployed military personnel consumed at least one energy drink per day, while nearly 14% reported drinking three or more of the beverages daily.
“These products generally are unregulated and can have negative side effects,” the researchers said. “Those who drank three or more drinks a day also were more likely to report sleep disruption related to stress and illness and were more likely to fall asleep during briefings or on guard duty.”
The military has used various methods to keep troops awake in combat, from instant coffee to caffeine-infused chewing gum in military rations. Energy drinks have recently become a staple in war zones across the globe, with many operating bases in Iraq and Afghanistan maintaining large supplies of the beverages.
Although the Army’s warning is specified for troops currently serving, it is still relevant for all consumers, as the energy drinks many of us rely on to stay awake are loaded with caffeine and sugar.
Energy drinks contain an average of 27 grams of sugar each, which is two grams more than the recommended daily allowance for women. If you drink two of the beverages per day, you’ve already have twice your recommended sugar intake.
Excessive sugar consumption can lead to a variety of health problems including weight gain, abdominal obesity, elevated blood sugar levels and type 2 diabetes.
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