The military had noticed that the more and more soldiers were choosing energy drinks over water during wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. A research also examined it and found that as many as 45 percent of the deployed soldiers had at least one energy drink a day. The data was collected during the 2010 operation Enduring Freedom.
It is worth mentioning that about 14 percent of the U.S. soldiers serving in the area consumed three or more energy drinks in a day. Seeing these numbers, the U.S. Department of Defense has advised the soldiers to consume less of those energy drinks as it can lead to serious damage to the body.
Because of their high caffeine content, the energy drinks can cause insomnia, irritability, restlessness, nervousness, faster heartbeat and even muscle tremors, besides many other ill-effects on the body. Despite all the negatives, the energy drink companies continue to market their products to the young American soldiers. Some of the big brands can also be found in many of the military facilities.
The servicemen should take note of the amount of caffeine they are consuming in a day by way of energy drinks and others, like coffee. Prof. Patricia Deuster of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Services said that the servicemen shouldn’t take more than 200 milligrams of caffeine every four hours. Deuster suggests that if the drink contains more than 200 milligrams of caffeine, then it shouldn’t be consumed.
Besides caffeine, sugar level of the drink should also be checked before consuming. Most of the drinks contain high sugar content and many have as much as 27 grams. This amount is two third of what is recommended for men in a day, while is 2 grams more than what is recommended for women. Energy drinks claiming to be sugar-free still contain artificial sweeteners and they should be avoided too.