Energy drinks have grown in popularity since 2000. Energy drinks sales exceeded 365 million gallons in 2008 alone, according to statistics compiled by the Beverage Marketing Corporation. One popular brand of energy drink is Amp, a beverage product produced by the Pepsi Company. As the drink has grown in popularity, especially among the 18-and-under age group, concerns have risen as to the safety of Amp and other energy drinks, especially the energy drink's effects on health when consumed in excess.
One of the largest health concerns revolving around energy drinks like Amp, are the high levels of caffeine contained in each beverage. Amp comes in sizes ranging from 8.4 oz. to the 24 oz. "Big Rig" can, with products containing as much as 214mg of caffeine. High levels of caffeine consumption can negatively impact your cardiovascular health by increasing your blood pressure and in some cases can even cause abnormal heart rhythms, according to the Mayo Clinic.
High caffeine consumption can also contribute to problems with sleeping. Caffeine acts as a stimulant in your brain, which can make it difficult for the body to fall asleep. The American Psychological Association has addressed caffeine's effects on sleep by recognizing caffeine-induced sleep disorder as a psychological issue in the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders."
Amp energy drinks can contain between 29 and 72g of sugar in a single can. Sugar is a substantial energy source for harmful bacteria that create plaque on your teeth. As plaque builds up on the surface of the teeth, tooth decay occurs, resulting in cavities and other dental problems.
Amp energy drinks also contain a substantial amount of calories per serving ranging from 110 to 275 calories. For every 3,500 calories consumed, there is the potential to gain 1 lb. of fat. With many consumers drinking multiple energy drinks a day, calories can quickly add up, resulting in unwanted weight gain and putting the consumer at risk for becoming obese. Obesity is associated with many health issues including heart disease, diabetes and some forms of cancer.
- The Mayo Clinic: Energy Drinks--Do They Really Give Me Energy?
- "American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed.)"; American Psychiatric Association; 2000
- Beverage Marketing Corporation: Energy Drink Statistics
- Energy Fiend: Caffeine Content of Amp
- LiveStrong: Mountain Dew Amp Energy Drink