Energy drinks are quite popular, especially among young adults. These drinks can significantly enhance your energy levels, however, what you may not realize is that these drinks can also cause side effects that range from a burp to a heart attack.
Energy drinks include caffeine, which can cause a build-up of gas and result in a burp. In addition, energy drinks also include carbonated water which can also increase burping.
Burping should be the least of your worries if you’re a chronic consumer of energy drinks, these drinks are high in caffeine, calories, and sugar contents, and all three can easily induce side effects, especially if consumed in immoderation.
While there’re energy drinks that are low in sugar and calorie content, there’re very few energy drinks without caffeine because energy drinks without caffeine wouldn’t be called energy drinks.
Caffeine is the most reliable source of energy, you can never go wrong with caffeine, however, it shouldn’t be an excuse to include it in large contents as it can cause side effects, which we’ll talk about, so keep on reading.
Can Energy Drinks Make You Gassy?
The ingredients included in energy drinks, that can make you gassy are caffeine, sugar, artificial sweetener, and carbonated water, so yes energy drinks can make you gassy.
Caffeine is one of the most common ingredients of energy drinks, however, it’s known to cause gas, especially when consumed on an empty stomach. Caffeine reduces the hydrochloric acid, as a result, your stomach will have a hard time breaking down protein, leading to a build-up of gas.
Excessive sugar contents, that you can find in energy drinks, are difficult to be broken down and absorbed by the body, so it sits in the bowels, where it ferments. This sugar will move gradually through the large intestine, feeding to the bad bacteria and yeast, which will end up causing a build-up of gas.
Anything that includes artificial sweeteners like candies, soft drinks, and energy drinks can make you gassy. While not all artificial sweeteners can cause gas, High-fructose corn syrup can lead to excessive gas and even diarrhea, especially if consumed in immoderation.
Carbonated Water causes some people to experience bloating which might make you feel gassy.
Why Does Monster Make Me Burp?
Monster certainly is one of the most consumed energy drinks, it’s available in every country which makes it easy for every individual to consume it, in addition, it holds the second largest market share because not only young adults, but teenagers also consume it, usually in an excessive manner.
Monster energy drink includes every ingredient in large contents that are needed to send someone to the ER. One serving of Monster has 54 g of sugar, 160 mg of caffeine, and 210 calories, so it’ll not only cause burps, but it’ll also lead to increase heart rate, and even a heart stroke.
People have actually died because of chronic and immoderate intake of Monster energy drinks, most consumers believe that it’s not solely because of high caffeine levels, it’s the blend itself.
Well, the ingredients that Monster includes in large contents are associated with life-threatening side effects, check out the table below:
|Sugar||Higher blood pressure|
Type 2 diabetes
Fatty liver disease
Increased risk for heart attack and stroke
|Sodium||High blood pressure|
Heart disease and stroke
Fast heart rate
Here’s the list of ingredients included in Monster energy drinks to see how bad these drinks can be:
- Carbonated Water
- Citric Acid
- Natural Flavours
- Sodium Citrate
- Color Added
- Panax Ginseng Extract
- L-Carnitine L-Tartrate
- Sorbic Acid
- Benzoic Acid
- Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
- Guarana Extract
- Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6)
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
- Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12)
Do Energy Drinks Cause Acid Reflux?
Energy drinks are packed with ingredients that can trigger some side effects, and those side effects include acid reflux. As energy drinks are high in caffeine contents, the stomach generates more acid to compensate for that, thus now the stomach has too much acid, which leads to heartburn and may affect the lining of the gut.
Basically, energy drinks, especially the ones which high contents of caffeine, upset the digestive system. Besides acid reflux, people also experience constipation, which is also caused by caffeine, as excessive caffeine intake dehydrates your body.
However, besides caffeine, there’re other things that can lead to acid reflux which may include tomatoes, alcohol, chocolate, and fatty or spicy foods.
Why Do I Feel Sick After Drinking Energy Drinks?
Energy drinks are popular for their alluring effects that you will feel right after consuming one of these drinks, however, many people end up feeling sick, which happens because of the high contents of caffeine and sugar.
The AHA has recommended women and man to have only 24 g (6 teaspoons) and 36 g (9 teaspoons) of sugar per day, while more than that in a chronic manner is linked with side effects which include:
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Feeling jittery.
- Feeling shaky.
People also experience crashes, which occur when your body has an unusual sugar dose, as a result, it generates insulin much faster to balance out the levels, which leads to a reduction in your blood glucose, which results in an abrupt drop in your energy levels, which is also called hypoglycemia, commonly known as a sugar crash.
As for the caffeine contents, the FDA recommends people restrict their daily caffeine intake to 400 mg or less, and as most energy drinks are highly caffeinated, one can even cause mild side effects which include rapid heartbeat, insomnia, and headaches.
In addition, most people who feel sick after consuming even a small serving of energy drinks, such people have sensitivity to caffeine, which means their bodies aren’t familiar with caffeine, thus it responds by triggering side effects like:
- Increased heartbeat.
If you are caffeine sensitive or have a low tolerance to caffeine, I’d suggest you go with low-caffeinated energy drinks, however, as there aren’t many low-caffeinated energy drinks, what you can do is consume them in small servings.
Furthermore, as most people consume huge contents of caffeine every day, they have developed caffeine dependency, which makes them consume more and more caffeine in order to satisfy their cravings.
Well, when you fail to satisfy those cravings, you may experience caffeine withdrawal symptoms which include:
- Muscle pain or stiffness.
Basically, the only way to not feel sick is by limiting your intake of energy drinks, these drinks may give you a boost for a time being, but are actually killing you from the inside.
Check out this video if you want to know how these energy potions are killing you from the inside:
Alternatives To Energy Drinks
Energy drinks have become everyone’s go-to beverage, every individual consumes them, often in immoderation just to get that boost of energy, which is quite dangerous for your health.
Thus, what you need is drinks that are healthy, so check out the list below:
- Green Tea
- Herbal Tea
- Green or Fruit Juice and Smoothies
- Hibiscus Tea
- Coconut Water
- Energy drinks include ingredients like Carbonated water, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, and sugar, which can all cause burps.
- Energy drinks are wildly popular, however, people aren’t realizing that these drinks are extremely bad for your health, especially the ones with high sugar and calorie contents.
- In addition, to some people, these drinks also cause gas which is mainly because of the sugar, carbonated water, and caffeine contents.
- Let’s face it, sugar is much worse than caffeine, there’re life-threatening side effects, like an increased risk of heart attack, so I’d suggest you keep your sugar intake within the given limits.
- Energy drinks are also known to cause acid reflux, as they include high contents of caffeine and caffeine just doesn’t sit right with the stomach.
- Moreover, energy drinks have been making me feel sick as they are high in sugar, caffeine, and sodium contents. These ingredients are found to increase blood pressure and heart rate, which can make you uncomfortable.