Caffeine is not the only ingredient in energy drinks to be cautious of. These drinks may contain other stimulants like yohimbe. And even if the ingredient is not a stimulant, it may interact with medications you are currently taking. How do you know if the ingredients are safe? One source of information is the Office of Dietary Supplements Fact Sheets – when you click on the ingredient you will see more detailed information including side effects and cautions.
For more information about energy drinks, go to http://missourifamilies.org/features/nutritionarticles/nut242.htm.
Contributor: Ellen Schuster, M.S., R.D., Associate State Specialist, University of Missouri Extension, firstname.lastname@example.org, 573-882-1933