Consumers At Home, Work, School & Play Want More Energy-At What Cost?


Consumers at home, work, school & play want more energy, but at what cost?  How are parents & teenagers dealing with the health problems that seem to go along with energy products on the market?  Were diving in to give some perspective.

The market for energy products in North America and most industrialized nations is huge and growing. Surveys have shown that one of the most common complaints from adults is lack of energy. Almost two-thirds of those surveyed feel that this lack of energy has affected their lives at home, work, school, play, or on the road. People of all age groups have turned to energy products to reverse this trend. One American survey identified that use is heaviest among 18 to34 year-olds (33%), slightly lower in the 35-to-54 age group (30%), and still significant in those 55 and older (18%). Many consumers have these energy drinks thinking they’re harmless pick-me ups.

Most of the energy products currently on the market are in liquid form – drinks like Red Bull Energy Drink, Hype Energy Drink, SoBe Adrenaline Rush, and Red Dragon Energy Drink.  Most of these drinks contain high amounts of sugar, or their sugar-free versions contain artificial sweeteners such as aspartame or sucralose. People drink them to maintain their energy during intense periods of physical activity or after exercise to quench their thirst. However, rather than rehydrating the body, these drinks sometimes cause dehydration, especially if mixed with alcohol. Health problems have arisen when people drink too much of these drinks or combine them with alcohol.

Many energy drinks contain multiple stimulants that are not identified.  In addition to being caffeine laden, they are diuretics. Nutrition labels list ingredients and calories for one serving, which is 8 ounces. Yet, most energy drinks come in 16- to 20-ounce cans. So, double that 120 calories and caffeine intake! Most of these have much more caffeine than soda or coffee.  Some have more than 500 mg. of caffeine, or the equivalent of 14 cans of soda!

Caffeine may be in an herbal form known as guarana that has raised concerns among health care providers. It is unregulated and of unknown origin in the United States.  Some common side effects of guarana are upset stomach; loss of appetite; constipation or diarrhea; nervousness, irritability, or anxiety; sleeplessness; irregular heartbeats; and headaches.

The smaller bodies and central nervous systems of children are especially affected by high-caffeine beverages.  Also many teenagers consume these drinks on a regular basis, and I don’t think parents realize how much caffeine and calories are in these drinks. Young people are attracted to the marketing gimmicks and drink names like Rock Star, Pimp, Red Bull, Venom, Kronik Grind and No Fear.  The names are fun but misleading. The packaging for Kronik Grind, which bills itself as a “fearless energy supplement,” includes this youth enticement “Caution: Mom ain’t gonna like this.”  Parents have an important role in educating children about these drinks.

Too much caffeine can cause jitters, hamper concentration and blunt performance.  Many energy drinks have unknown ingredients and are not well studied.

The Universal Key has found that Shaklee’s innovative solution to this energy crisis is the best option. It provides safe ingredients that supply energy not in a drink, but in a delicious citrus-flavored chew. These are more convenient to use and require far less packaging than drinks. Shipping them to our customers therefore consumes less fuel, creates less greenhouse gas emissions, and is better for the environment.

TheShaklee Energy™ chews provide vitamins C and D; all eight B vitamins, which are important for releasing energy from the food we eat; and three ingredients known to help with energy or cognitive function: caffeine from green tea extract for energy and performance, and the amino acids N-acetyl-L-tyrosine and L-theanine for mental alertness and focus.

These unique chews contain organic ingredients including organic green tea extract and organic sweeteners (dried cane syrup, brown rice syrup, and rice syrup solids), and have a natural citrus burst flavor. They contain no artificial flavors, no artificial sweeteners, and no preservatives, and are gluten free.

Energize your body, sharpen your mind, and improve your mood with Shaklee Energy™ – the healthy edge!


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