Diet beverages and energy drinks. What do all of these have in common? They all have a reputation for being bad for you. But when you look at the big picture, just about anything can be bad for you when ingested in large quantities. With many people still working hard at trying to keep their New Years resolutions, The American Beverage Association has decided to take the bad rap that these beverages have and clear up many myths that are floating around at their website Let's Clear It Up.
Let's start off with ingredients. Many diet beverages contain aspartame which has a bad reputation for being unsafe and even possibly causing cancer. In fact, aspartame is has been extensively tested and found completely safe for consumption and is approved for usage by the FDA, National Cancer Association, the American Diabetes Association and the European Food Safety Authority. Then there are two ingredients found in many energy drinks, guarana and taurine. Both these ingredients have been found safe for consumption by the FDA. Gurana is a natural source of caffeine similar to coffee and cocoa and taurine is a natural amino acid found in the body and even in breast milk and is used as an additive for baby formula.
As to whether or not either of these types of drinks contribute to obesity, caffeine addiction and even emergency room visits, the American Beverage Association debunks these myths completely. Drinking diet beverages have actually been proven to be effective for losing weight and wight maintenance by introducing less sugar into the body and less calories as well. As for energy drinks, the level of caffeine in them is considered a safe level for adults and the FDA has not been able to find substantial evidence that proves that drinking energy drinks can cause a visit to the emergency room. In fact, energy drinks all have their ingredients listed on them as well as advisory statement reminding consumers that energy drinks are not intended for children or recommended for pregnant or nursing women or other people sensitive to caffeine.
Want to learn more facts and debunked myths about diet beverages and energy drinks? Head on over to Let's Clear It Up at http://www.letsclearitup.org/. If you want to know more about the American Beverage Association visit http://www.ameribev.org/.
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