The debate about energy drinks continues with the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) weighing in on the issue. The esteemed Society has based its opinion about energy drinks on a critical analysis of the literature on the safety of the use of energy drinks or energy shots.
So here are the recommendations of the ISSN:
–Although energy drinks and shots contain a number of nutrients that are supposed to affect mental and/or physical performance, the primary performance-boosting nutrients in most energy drinks and shots appear to be nothing other than carbohydrates and/or caffeine.
–The value of caffeine in mental and physical performance has been well-established, but the potential benefits of other nutrients contained in energy drinks and shots remains to be determined.
–Consuming energy drinks 10-60 minutes before exercise can improve mental focus, alertness, anaerobic performance, and/or endurance.
–Many energy drinks and shots contain numerous ingredients; these products in particular merit further study to demonstrate their safety and potential effects on physical and mental performance.
–There is some limited evidence that consumption of low-calorie energy drinks during training and/or weight loss trials may promote a small amount of additional fat loss. However, higher-calorie energy drinks may promote weight gain
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