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Energy Drinks and Roller Coasters 

January 28, 2019

By Joan McDaniel                           January 28, 2019

From my original Article Energy Drinks – Sugar High, Sugar Low and Away We Go!

This in an introductory article to Energy and Diabetes,  In this case it is the energy generated by the intake of tremendous amounts of sugar which generates Energy in the form of a sugar high which doesn’t last long before the bottom falls out and you can’t stay awake. DM stands for Diabetes Mellitus.

Diabetes Mellitus

DM is the most common form of diabetes, caused by a deficiency of the pancreatic hormone insulin, which results in a failure to metabolize sugars and starch. Sugars accumulate in the blood and urine, and the byproducts of alternative fat metabolism disturb the acid–base balance of the blood, causing a risk of convulsions and coma. You need an alkaline base see my article What Does pH Balance and the Energizer Bunny Have in Common.

I am surprised that the Energy Drink industry is still as large although there has been some decline.  This article will also talks about the effects Sugar has on your system and developing Diabetes Mellitus.  At the End I introduce the subject of mixing the bad carb or sugar with plant-based fats to slow down the very destructive  High – Low of Sugar Consumption.

Also see the Illustration of Why We Get Fat.

The non-food energy drink industry has a large product line which is being aggressively marketed by high-profile athletes, sports companies and the mainstream media to teenagers and young people.  Some of these products are; AMP, 5-hour Energy shots, Monster Energy, Red Bull, Rock Star, and others. Labels on the containers state that they are “not recommended” for some consumers, including children — a group that beverage producers define as those under 12 years — and people “sensitive” to caffeine.

From Red Bull Website

red bull

Wonder drinks” that are being aggressively marketed. I do not consider these products to be good for your health.  I don’t think you will drop over dead immediately after consumption, but I do consider them dangerous and to your health, wellness and well-being.

5 hr

5-hour ENERGY and 5-hour ENERGY Extra Strength

The official website lists the active ingredients of 5-hour Energy as: vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin B12, sodium, taurine, glucuronolactone, malic acid and N-Acetyl L-tyrosine, L-phenylalanine, caffeine, and citicoline.. It contains Sucralose a sugar substitute (See next page)


Now a word about Niacin

Don’t be Afraid of the Niacin Flush

This product is meant to be used by people who use a high amount of energy like with physical activity.  It is not meant for average use.

The manufacturers claim the drink will give you 5 hours of energy without crashing. The drink is non-carbonated and sweetened with Sucralose (Splenda) a sugar substitute.  There are many side-effects of Sucralose known by the FDA

These products contain a very high amount of caffeine, artificial sugars, stimulants, and synthetic (man-made) minerals.  This is not a normal way to get your vitamins and minerals.  I do not recommend it use.  You get power naturally from your body when you eat from nature not from artificial man-made dead chemicals. You’re not a machine your ALIVE

Artificial Sweeteners Are Bad For You

A Note about Sucralose (Splenda)

From my article Help Your Health and Stop the Big Propaganda Money Train

Artificial Sweeteners are Bad For You.  Sugar is bad for you but I think the Artificial sweeteners are worse.  Both don’t do anything to promote health.

If you want to protect yourself against chronic illness and toxicity — aspartame literally converts to formaldehyde in the body and causes metabolic acidosis — it is best to stick with either raw sugars or natural sugar substitutes like pure stevia extract or just plain water.”

I found a website that lists over 92 different aspartame-related symptoms compiled by the FDA from 10,000 consumer complaints. Although this product contains Splenda.


Note in the label below the number of Carbohydrates is 28 g and Sugar is 27 g.  That is extremely high.

Now lets look at Caffeine


Let us first look at the caffeine contents.

This is the label from Red Bull

red bull nutrition facts

Notice the label does not indicate how much caffeine in the drink but here is a list of drinks and caffeine contents.

Energy Drinks

How much caffeine is in some Drinks?

16 oz. Starbucks drip coffee = 330 mg

2 oz.  5-Hour Energy = 207 mg

24 oz.  Monster Energy drank = 240 mg

16 oz.  Starbucks caffè latte = 150 mg

8 oz.  Coffee, Brewed = 80 to 130 mg

8.3 oz. Red Bull = 80 mg

1 oz.   espresso = 75 mg

12 oz.  Starbucks Tazo Chai Iced Tea Latte = 75 mg

12 oz.  Pepsi One = 56 mg

12 oz.  Mountain Dew = 54 mg

8 oz.   brewed green tea = 30-50 mg

8 oz.   brewed black tea = 47 mg

12 oz.  Diet Coke = 47 mg

12 oz.  Coca-Cola Classic = 35 mg

For a little less kick, check out these options:

16 oz. Snapple Iced Tea = 18 mg

12 oz. Nestea, sweetened or unsweetened = 17 mg

8 oz. Hot cocoa = 14 mg

12 oz. Lipton Brisk Iced Tea, lemon flavored = 10 mg

8 oz. decaffeinated coffee, brewed = 2 mg

8 oz. decaffeinated black tea = 2 mg

Even some foods and medications contain caffeine, so check those labels:

NoDoz Maximum Strength, 1 tablet = 200 mg

Excedrin, Extra Strength, 2 tablets = 130 mg

Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream, 1/2 cup = 100 mg

Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Bar, 1.45 oz. = 18 mg

Hershey’s Chocolate Bar, 1.55 oz. = 9 mg.

Effects and Action of Caffeine

It is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant; adverse effects: nervousness, anxiety, insomnia, tachycardia, palpitations, altered consciousness, paralysis, hallucinations, seizures, etc. Energy drinks have the highest amounts of caffeine than other drinks except for some Starbuck drinks.

Caffeine constricts blood vessels in the brain and decreases circulation. When caffeine is suddenly missing from your diet after long use, there is a sudden increase in circulation both to the brain and digestive system. This may lead to severe headaches as well as constipation or bowel upset.

Note Coffee is an Acid and like sugar it will make your pH acid.  You can’t live unless your pH is 7.5 alkaline.  So Sugar and Coffee don’t mix.  Caffeine isn’t the half of it.  I like my coffee as I like my carbs but just a little bit.

Carbohydrates and Sugar

As I have covered in previous articles, when you eat more refined carbohydrates than your body can use they are converted to instant sugar.  If you noted on the label above a typical energy drink contains 28 g of Carbohydrates and 27 g of Sugar. This is the same as drinking pure sugar-water.  Consumption of extra carbohydrates, cause a sudden spike of blood glucose then as suddenly a crash.

In other words drinking this much sugar-water results in a roller coaster ride of highs and lows leading to daily fluctuations in energy and alertness, and possibly to eventual chronic adrenal exhaustion

blood sugar

You drink enough of this stuff your life is one big ROLLER COASTER RIDE


Your body cannot adjust to these ups and downs and over time it cannot fight the resulting inflammation.  These sugar highs and lows will in time numb your brain and produce a zombie like activity level.

You may think this allows you to maintain a high activity level but over time you body cannot keep it up. This may be just the kind of life style you think you need or want or whatever.  Your young and think your invincible but in time Sugar, Caffeine and excess carbs build up and cause major body changes.


Drinking Sugar Free is not a solution.

DM Diabetes Mellitus

DM is the most common form of diabetes, caused by a deficiency of the pancreatic hormone insulin, which results in a failure to metabolize sugars and starch. Sugars accumulate in the blood and urine, and the byproducts of alternative fat metabolism disturb the acid–base balance of the blood, causing a risk of convulsions and coma.

Your sleepiness isn’t something to ignore.  It could be a serious illness.

Other complications of diabetes

Insulin resistance is a complication of diabetes mellitus (type 2). It is a need for high amounts of insulin to control diabetes per day.  Chronic exposure to high insulin levels desensitize your body’s cells and they become unresponsive or resistant to the action of insulin. In order to move glucose into the cells a higher amount of insulin is needed, which puts more pressure on the pancreas to produce insulin.  Insulin resistance is the first step to developing diabetesInsulin resistance is believed to be an underlying problem of Alzheimer’s and other Neurodegenerative disease. High Blood pressure is more a disease of excess sugar than excess salt. Coconut oil has been found to be useful in the treatment of insulin resistance.

Diabetic Neuropathy – Nerves are highly sensitive to elevated Blood sugars.  Chronic insulin resistance caused nerve degeneration and damage and is the most serious complication of Diabetes.  Symptoms consist of pain, tingling or numbness of hands, arms, feet and/or legs, weakness, dizziness, cramps, speech impairment, vision problems, bladder control, and or loss of sense of warm or cold.  Loss of circulation leads to inability to heal wounds that can become gangrenous.

Metabolic syndrome – is a combination of medical disorders that, when occur together, increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Some studies have shown the prevalence in the USA to be an estimated 25% of the population, and prevalence increases with age. It is also known as metabolic syndrome X, cardiometabolic syndrome, syndrome X, and insulin resistance syndrome.

It’s your life

I can not tell you how to live, nor what to eat or drink.  I can not help you get rid of your addiction to sugar.

Help with slowing down the Sugar High Low 

Now before I end this, Here is something that can help you get off the Sugar High and Sugar Low Coaster Ride.

Not all is lost, as I was learning how to decrease my addiction to carbs, I have found that if you are trying to break the addiction to sugar you can mix it with a plant based fat (Not Fat from fish or meat) from like Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Almonds, Avocados, Pine Nuts or Nut Butter. This prevents the high’s and low’s which does all the damage to your body.  That is why I call this Blog CoconutCreamCare Find out why Fats, Salt and Cholesterol are Good For You.  Read on!

Note: I got well from the saturated fat Coconut Oil.  But if you must, you can use UNCOOKED olive Oil instead.

I can not tell you to change your life style the only thing I can tell you, is—

Once you have diabetes, your life changes in a major way.

So instead of shopping for energy drinks and sporting equipment, you will be learning how to use one of these —

blood sugar test

Until next time

How Diabetes Destroys Your Body

How Diet Foods and Drinks Can Actually Cause, NOT Prevent Diabetes

Sugar Dumbs Us Down

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