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Monster: Energy (help pls)
« on: 18/03/2009 14:34:42 »
ok im not sure what other counties this drink is made but in america there is a popular energy drink called "Monster" for those of you who dont know what it is heres some information on it from wikipedia(i noe its a bad site but these facts are true)




The caffeine content of Monster energy drinks is 10 mg/oz (34 mg/dL, 1.75 mmol/L),[5] or 160 mg for a 16 oz can. Like some other energy drinks the packaging usually has a warning printed on it saying to limit the number of cans consumed in a day - to 3 for the 16 oz size, and it is not recommended for pregnant women, children under 18 years old, or people who are sensitive to caffeine.[6]

Ingredients[6]: Carbonated Water, Sucrose, Glucose (broken down sucrose), Natural Flavors, Taurine, Sodium Citrate, Color Added, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, L-Carnitine, Caffeine, Sorbic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Niacinamide, Sodium Chloride, Glucuronolactone, Inositol, Guarana Seed Extract, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Sucralose, Riboflavin, Maltodextrin, and Cyancobalamin.









ok so ive got a couple serious questions. i love love this drink!! it is the most amzing thing in the world(opinion) i have 2 or three of these everyday (not an exageration) the least amount i can drink is one. if i dont have AT LEAST one everyday i get headaches which i assume means imm addicted to it(bad i no)
how bad is this really for me. my friends are getting worried and they have made it a habbit to take it away from me if they catch me drinking it. they keep saying it will kill me drinking it so much. ive heard stories about athletes dying from it etc. but i dont drink one b4 basketball practice etc. so i feel im pretty much safe. but im asking all of u friends here how bad is this really for me???


also i have ADHD and according to it sugar etc. should make me hyper. but when ever a i drink a monster i feel myself sort of relax like it has the opposite effect. i have tested this theory when i actually AM hyper by drinking an original flavor monster and i totally mellowed out. how is this do the ingedients counter-act my adhd or sumthin?
thx evry1
« Last Edit: 19/03/2009 14:09:00 by tony6789 »


 

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Re: Monster: Energy (help pls)
« Reply #1 on: 18/03/2009 15:47:24 »
You can certainly get caffeine withdrawal headaches (I do, sometimes), which is fairly unpleasant. Basically caffeine promots certain cell pathways which if you keep over-stimulating them will tend to decrease their default activity level so when you don't get as much caffeine as your body expects they'll be under-active.

Over use of caffeine tends to mess with your sleep patterns, and can also stunt growth (I've a feeling you're still in school, so probably should still be growing) - serious over use can also cause anxiety etc, apparently.
The other thing about these drinks is the very large amount of sugar.. eating/drinking a lot of sugar increases your risk of getting type II diabetes later in life, which is a monumental nuisance and means that you have to alter your diet radically to avoid serious health problems (applies to most non-diet carbonated drinks).

Basically, I'd try to cut down on these if I were you... they probably won't kill you in the short term but they won't be doing you any good.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 19/03/2009 14:10:12 »
but what about the counter effect?
 

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