Party Like a Rockstar.

"Rockstar" energy drinks.

This is no ordinary drink for all of you that have or maybe haven’t purchased, drank, admired, collected, embraced (etc). Sure it’s just another drink when you see it, but check this out: the average energy drink includes 4mg of taurine (an amino acid protecting the immune system and obtained from meat or energydrinks for you vegetarians) and 32mg of caffeine.

Believe it or not one of these is essential for the human body and it’s not caffeine. Sorry coffee drinkers, but energy drinks beat you with that. The only thing is that these drinks give you an overdose of the recommended amount and yes that is BAD. I’ve only named two things contained within this drink and we’re already going down a bad path. Well while we’re in this pleasant direction we might as well discuss the other harmful substances. Glucose, Sucrose, and anything else that rhymes with gross! These are artificial sugars that no growing teenager needs! Aspartame being one of the biggest ones can cause great pain in the kidneys after a large dose of a “sugar free” drink. Yeah I said it! Just because it’s sugar free doesn’t mean its sugar free! Producers just want to attract a new crowd by making it seem healthier.

Anyways for those of you who like energy drinks enough to go on reading here’s the positive aspects of energy drinks: these drinks are liquid candy with a touch of exotic flavoring that’ll make you feel a rush through your body just after the first sip. Not satisfying yet? Well the rest of the ingredients is pure power from South American berries such as gaurana and the Asian herb ginseng. Just a heads up these herbs are normally included in the double up (500ml) drinks such as Monster and Rockstar. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? It’s like tea, but a cooler version with all that kick behind it. This drink’s definitely great for parties because it’ll last you a few good hours of excitement. Some people think I’m addicted to these drinks, but I think they’re addicted to me.

By: Majid Ahy, IB12

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12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jamie Rinder on September 29, 2010 at 12:31 AM

    Who needs Dutch courage with such drinks on our shelves? Though a steadfast drinker of tea, I do like the sound of the ginseng/guarana fusion. (Can I please just ask that no pre-IB pupils consume these beverages before our lessons? The sugar rush after a few sweets on Monday got some of them excited enough…)

    On the subject of new drinks, can I recommend the drink Ubuntu to everyone. This drink, inspired by the African philosopy of the same name – basically meaning ‘kindness’, is coke – is better than coke – and it’s Fairtrade certified.

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  2. Posted by Majid Ahy on September 29, 2010 at 8:16 AM

    Guarana and Ginseng does make for a splendid combination. Energy drinks also have a fairtrade product by the name of WT (white tiger). I’ve had it before and it’s pretty alright. I completely agree that Pre-IB is rowdy enough without these drinks, haha. So that suggestion is one Even i can agree to.

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  3. Posted by Kamilla Kaardal on October 3, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    I admit that I also have an addiction to energy drinks. For me it’s a great way to avoid drinking alcohol at parties. Unfortuantly I can no longer drink energy drinks any more, due to the horrible heartburn i get when I drink them. Is it the over dose of caffine that causes the heartbrun? Thanks again Majid for introducing me to Kick Up, I think it tastes better than Monster and Redbull! You saved my life dude!

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  4. Posted by Majid Ahy on October 3, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    Haha you’re welcome! =D

    Btw! Remember the heartburn you get is from something called a “Niacin Flush”
    normally energy drinks contain 40% per 100ml of niacin meaning a 250ml can of let’s say Pk (powerking) gives you 100% of your recommended dosage of Niacin. So Monster for example gives you twice the amount you need and therefore you get a “Niacin Flush” meaning blood rushes closer to the skin giving you an itching or “burning” sensation. Tomatoes also have niacin and that’s why humberto gets the same feeling as you EVEN without energy drinks haha =)

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  5. Posted by Markus SP1A on October 5, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Energy drinks aint good for your health it will destroy you if you drink too much.

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  6. Posted by fatima SPIa on October 5, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    I that the energy drinks harm us in the future and not now. You may not see any difference now because you are a teenager but i think that later in life will notice a difference.

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  7. Posted by Seezzie Spa on October 6, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    The energy drink is not healthy it causes heart attack. When you drink it you get alot of energy and that’s not good when you are especially driving a car or a pregnant. And alot of teenager are using it when they are training or before their training

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  8. Posted by Majid Ahy on October 6, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Glad to see there’s a lot of Haters
    I respect you all for your concerns.
    Honestly the ones who suffer the most are the ones that don’t look deep into warning signs and ingredients. In comparison with alcohol and cigarettes Energy Drinks are by far way less of a concern.
    The artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (however) is found in Diet drinks such as Diet Coke for an example and their a thousands of people who consume such drinks on an occasional basis. Death wise there has hardly been any concern besides going over the Daily limit (enscribed on the drinks) and when consumed WITH alcohol (For ex. Redbull Vodka).

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  9. Posted by Majid Ahy on October 6, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    *There are thousands

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  10. Posted by Majid Ahy on October 6, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    Btw I feel that Fatima’s comment is one that should be highlighted because of it’s importance that many are unaware of.

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  11. Posted by marian sp1a on October 6, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    caffeine is bad for the kidneys and it costs body damage in the future !

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  12. Posted by Majid Ahy on October 8, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    even coca cola has caffeine haha

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