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Rumours About Energy Drinks

People believe some crazy things about energy drinks!

Check out Energy Drinks: Just the Facts to find out why taking in so much caffeine can be a problem.

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Drinking energy drinks will help you concentrate more during exams
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Surprising as it may seem, evidence has shown that if you drink high-caffeine energy drinks during revision or before an exam you are more likely to underperform, as the energy drink slows down the pathway to process information. Scientists think that this is due to lack of sleep, as the high-caffeine energy drinks are designed to keep you awake.
That's right! Evidence has shown that if you drink high-caffeine energy drinks during revision or before an exam you are more likely to underperform, as the energy drink slows down the pathway to process information. Scientists think that this is due to lack of sleep, as the high-caffeine energy drinks are designed to keep you awake.
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If you are active you need to drink energy drinks
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Sorry! It's false. After exercise, you can often feel that you need to boost your energy levels, and you may think it is a good idea to have an energy drink. But did you know that in a 500ml can there is the equivalent of 12 teaspoons of sugar? You would need to run a long way to run off that amount of calories!
Correct! After exercise, you can often feel that you need to boost your energy levels, and you may think it is a good idea to have an energy drink. But did you know that in a 500ml can there is the equivalent of 12 teaspoons of sugar? You would need to run a long way to run off that amount of calories!
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Energy drinks are best to have when you are feeling low
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Not really! Energy drinks can give you a sugar rush, which can make you feel better. However, this will only last a short time and you will then crave more sugar and feel you need another drink. It is far better to think about why you are feeling low.
Yeah... it's false. Energy drinks can give you a sugar rush, which can make you feel better. However, this will only last a short time and you will then crave more sugar and feel you need another drink. It is far better to think about why you are feeling low.
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Energy drinks are a good source of energy
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Right? Wrong! Energy drinks can provide a quick burst of energy, but it doesn’t last long. You are much better to have a low-calorie drink or – even better – water and a healthy snack like fruit, vegetable sticks or a low-fat yoghurt. These take a while to be digested so release their energy slowly.
Totally untrue! Energy drinks can provide a quick burst of energy, but it doesn’t last long. You are much better to have a low-calorie drink or – even better – water and a healthy snack like fruit, vegetable sticks or a low-fat yoghurt. These take a while to be digested so release their energy slowly.
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They make you perform better at sports
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Sorry! Energy drinks like Monster, Relentless, No Fear, Mountain Dew are high-caffeine and sugar drinks rather than sports drinks. For most young people doing activity, the most important thing is to drink water to rehydrate your body before, during and after doing sports. Eating a balanced, healthy diet is the best way to help you perform well.
You're right! Energy drinks like Monster, Relentless, No Fear, Mountain Dew are high-caffeine and sugar drinks rather than sports drinks. For most young people doing activity, the most important thing is to drink water to rehydrate your body before, during and after doing sports. Eating a balanced, healthy diet is the best way to help you perform well.
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Low-sugar versions are still bad for your health
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There are low-sugar/diet versions available, but they’re still really high in caffeine.
Sorry! There are low-sugar/diet versions available, but they’re still really high in caffeine.

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