Skip out on Monster Energy

Hanna Flynn

The name Monster Energy fits the product well. With 160 mg of caffeine and 54 grams of sugar in 16 ounces, this drink is truly a monster. 

Drinking these caffeinated concoctions have less than admirable effects. Students need to limit their consumption of Monster Energy drinks to benefit their health. 

We all know that college students consume an excessive amount of energy drinks. ULM carries a supply of Monster in nearly every vending machine on campus. 

With late-night studying and early morning classes, sometimes that burst of energy can do wonders for an overwhelmed college brainiac. Still, consuming loads of these beverages is not worth it. 

On Monster’s website, they pitch their drink as the “ideal combo of the right ingredients.” These ingredients include half of your daily recommended caffeine intake and much more than your daily intake of sugar. 

The drink also prevents people from getting a good night’s sleep. Caffeine tends to linger in the body up to 12 hours after consumption. 

With long-term usage of energy drinks, a sleep schedule can deteriorate leaving consumers wakeful, irritable at night and exhausted in the morning. 

Caffeine isn’t the only scary part of drinking a Monster. The excessive amount of sugar in the drink can also have detrimental health effects. The American Heart Association recommends that men limit themselves to 36 grams of added sugar a day and women limit themselves to 25 grams.

A Monster can contains more than double a woman’s suggested sugar intake. High sugar intake can result in glucose problems, weight gain and even the development of diabetes. Maintaining a balanced diet while incorporating an energy drink into your meals is not likely. 

So be careful how many Monsters you drink. When cramming in a few extra study hours the night before an exam, it is probably best to consider an alternative beverage such as green tea or juice.