As everyone should know by now, so-called ‘energy drinks’ are really bad for your health.
On average, they contain around 13 teaspoons of sugar per can. That’s the same as 13 teaspoons of dust, or 13 teaspoons of hair dug out of your shower drain. Not to mention all the weird chemicals that get added, which just have codes instead of actual names, like E405 for example.
Unfortunately, like many chemicals that some people like to ingest, energy drinks can be really moreish. Almost as if the companies making them want you to keep on drinking them. Strange that.
A teacher has taken to Facebook to share the nasty effects his six-a-day habit of drinking energy drinks has had on his tongue.
Dan Royals had gone to the doctor to get his tongue checked out after he noticed the surface of it was, well, patchy at best.
The doctor told him the reason behind his tongue being eaten away was the excessive amount of sugar and chemicals in the energy drinks.
It’s enough to put you off fizzy drinks for good:
Sharing the image on Facebook, Dan wrote:
Who drinks energy drinks? Addicted to them? You may want to think again.
Have a look at the second pic… That’s what that shit does to your tongue, imagine what’s it like on your internals?
Up until recently when this started to occur I was drinking at least 5-6 a day (lack of energy teaching kids usually) and I brush daily, went to the doctor and boom! Found out it’s the chemicals in these drinks that are causing it… It literally eats away at your tongue.
So be wary guys. Just to make it clear, I actually do care for my oral health but this is purely from these drinks… I do smoke but has nothing to do with the eating away of my tongue.
It’s not just your tongue that the drinks can have an effect on, as various studies have shown how cavities in teeth can occur from the chemicals and sugar.
Researchers from the World Health Organisation said, via Metro:
A study in the US showed that dental cavities can result from the acidic pH and high-sugar content of products such as energy drinks.
Another study showed that consumption of energy drinks can cause erosion and smear layer removal in the teeth, leading to cervical dentin hypersensitivity.
I’ll stick to the water thanks.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.