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Are Rockstar energy drinks good for you? Or how bad are they for you?

Asked by lbus1229 (338 points ) August 9th, 2009 from iPhone

I had one of the fruit punch rockstar energy drinks the other day and really liked it. I am curious the effects they have on your body (besides the obvious boost on energy)

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Tink's avatar

I’ve heard energy drinks are not good for you. But they taste good :)

ragingloli's avatar

judging from the name they probably contain a lot of cocaine…

J0E's avatar

Energy drinks are definitely not a good thing to have on a daily basis.

Darwin's avatar

Apparently they consist of a huge amount of sugar, which means you are getting a fair number of calories but no useful nutrients such as vitamins. The sugar can cause blood sugar problems in pre-diabetics and diabetics, and of course, can cause weight gain.

They also give you that boost of energy by containing caffeine. Caffeine is a diuretic so if you drink an energy drink you will lose water from your system. If you are outside in hot weather or working out heavily you can get dehydrated. Caffeine can also cause jitteriness and anxiety, and too much caffeine combined with alcohol can cause heart failure.

At one time Rockstar also had a lot of guarana in it, too, and still has a bit, as well as panax ginseng, gingko biloba, milk thistle extract and taurine. Guarana is another stimulant, one that is slightly different from caffeine, but with the same basic effect as caffeine at about the same dose level. It is possible to overdose on caffeine by drinking Rockstar.

In moderation Rockstar drinks are acceptable as an occasional part of your intake, but it isn’t a positive addition to your diet and certainly shouldn’t become a daily choice.

marinelife's avatar

Reinforcing what @Darwin said. From the Boston Globe

Excerpt: “They’re not going to kill you. But many of these increasingly popular drinks contain significant amounts of caffeine, which can make you jittery and cause insomnia, as well as loads of sugar, which nobody needs. In most energy drinks, he said, caffeine levels were higher than the FDA limit for sodas, which is 65 mg of caffeine per 12 ounces. The FDA does not regulate caffeine in energy drinks, some of which, like Cocaine, contain huge amounts of caffeine: 280 mg in an 8.4-ounce serving, compared with about 100 mg per 6 ounces in coffee.”

When you get the rush from those ingredients, you also get the crash.

kenmc's avatar

@Darwin Guarana is actually an equivalent to the coffee berry, but contains double the amount of caffeine. It isn’t another stimulant similar to caffeine. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guarana

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

energy drinks bad, water good.

Sarcasm's avatar

THEY MAKE YOUR BRAIN WORK SMARTER.

ragingloli's avatar

THEY HAVE ELECTROLYTES.

Sarcasm's avatar

ITS WHAT PLANTS CRAVE.

brinibear's avatar

Energy drinks are actually bad for you, but nobody can stop what has already been made. So to all you guys who think ur stright, think again about the bull batter that u take in with every gulp (taurine)

Ansible1's avatar

go away, ‘batin

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