Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Energy Drink Extravaganza

I remember when Jolt first arrived in the carbonated beverage scene, it was big deal. Same amount of sugar, twice the caffeine. Then it seemed to disappeared for a while, at least in Canada. I also remember when you couldn't get Red Bull here because the Canadian Health and Safety Board wouldn't approve it. Almost five years later, Red Bull finally arrives in Canada... and opens the flood gates to all and every other energy drink out there.

With such a rapidly growing market for energy drinks, is the government allowing them to exist solely for financial gain. Does profit always out way the health and safety of our society? Should you be at least a certain age before you are allowed to buy them? Kids have enough energy as is, don't they?

A friend once described to me a joke energy drink called Power Thirst, a youtube short worth watching if you haven't seen this before. It doesn't say it at the end, but this is how he remembered it...

Power Thirst is like Crystal Meth in a can!
Power Thirst is Crystal Meth in a can!
Power Thirst is Crystal Meth!

I almost feel this way about all energy drinks, haha, but I should also note that I have only really had Red Bull, and since I don't like the taste of liquid cotton candy, I've been turned off energy drinks. But seriously, should these drinks be regulated. Do they pose serious harm for us down the road?


  1. Oh energy drinks! How I drink them to much. Rockstar Punched, godly tasting. They do pose health risks indeed. Just don't drink them oh to often, and you'll be good. Well, for me, that is another story. I trip balls when I have them... I've had to many. Oh and the newest PowerThirst Video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-3qncy5Qfk Hilarious!

  2. They can actually cause harm to ones heart. My brother-in-law was drinking either a Monster or Red Bull everyday for I don't know how long. But one day he started having chest pains so he got himself checked. Turned out that those energy drinks were causing his heart to over work itself. He broke the habit fearing he'd cause himself a heart attack at 33.

  3. That's interesting about Canada initally being so vigilant. I too know faaar too many people (young, fit, vibrant people) who drink the stuff like water and have had heart flutters, etc. Plus the stuff tastes shocking!