Caffeinated water may be the new energy drink – Ogden Clinic provided source, Standard-Examiner 5/5/2015
OGDEN – As people turn away from sugar, they still crave a quick pick-me-up. Some ask, is caffeinated water the new energy drink?
Maybe. Several companies such as Water Joe, Avitae and Fyxx Hybrid have developed a new way to keep us buzzed up without all the sugar and calories. They’re simply adding caffeine to their water bottles.
But is it good for us? After all, water is supposed to hydrate us. Caffeine is a diuretic.
According to the Mayo Clinic, you would have to consume more than 400 milligrams of caffeine to parch yourself. Avitae has up to125 milligrams of caffeine while Water Joe has up to 120 milligrams. An 8 ounce cup of coffee has 70 to 200 milligrams of caffeine.
“As a supplement or medication to increase alertness, caffeine appears to be safe in moderation,” said Ogden Clinic nurse practitioner Chase Bailey. “Additionally, caffeine can improve cognition and physical stamina. The way caffeine is delivered is of more concern in the context of excessive soda due to the high amounts of sugar soda contains. Adding caffeine in the form of calorie-free water additive would be potentially less harmful than consuming significant amount of empty calories all day.”
But one of the problems with caffeinated water is the fact that people won’t typically sip it like they do coffee and tea, said Karen Congro, a registered dietician, nutritionist and director of the Wellness for Life Program at The Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York City. In an online article published by youbeauty.com, Congro said people tend to chug their water down to quench their thirst.
“The problem is that drinking water with caffeine in it can be kind of misleading,” she said in the article. “That’s because people tend to sip their hot coffee, but can easily chug copious amounts when it comes to caffeinated water. You could really go crazy with the caffeine which, in this theoretical case, can possibly lead to restlessness, insomnia, stomach issues and muscle tremors. Too much caffeine can even raise blood pressure and affect your heartbeat.”
In addition, Bailey and Tanner Clinic registered dietician, Jean Weinert, said too much caffeine can contribute to heartburn, osteopenia, osteoporosis and irritability. But there’s also the flip side.
“Caffeine is a central nervous stimulant, Weinert adds. “It’s the world’s most widely consume psychoactive drug which is legal and unregulated. Caffeine has also been shown to have positive effects on health of adults at moderate levels. These effects include increase in mental alertness, decrease in the incidence of some cancers such as colorectal and liver cancer. There have also been studies which have shown a decrease in Parkinson’s disease and dementia with moderate caffeine intake.”