Consuming sports and energy drinks is comparable to ‘bathing your teeth with acid’ according to scientists who have unleashed their findings on how these beverages may be destroying the health of your teeth. In their research, the study team members revealed that serious damage occurs to tooth enamel when exposed to sports and energy drinks, which is especially concerning when examining the high rate of consumption across the country — particularly in teenagers.
Published in the May/June edition of the journal General Dentistry, researchers observed the acidity levels present in 13 sports drinks and 9 energy drinks. Looking to examine how the sugar-laden beverages would affect tooth enamel, scientists placed samples of tooth enamel into each drink brand for a total of 15 minutes. In order to note the differences, they also placed tooth enamel samples in artificial saliva for 2 hours for 4 times per day over a period of 5 days.
What they found was that not only did many brands and flavors vary in acid levels, but as little as 5 days after limited exposure to both sports and energy drinks, the team reported enamel damage. What’s more, energy drinks actually lead to twice as much damage as sports drinks. About 30 to 50 percent of teenagers have stated that they consume energy drinks, and a shocking 62% of teens say that they consume at least one sports drink per day. This means that these damaging liquids are being chugged down on a daily basis, and in many cases it is a matter of how many — not if at all.
Thankfully, there are natural alternatives that actually improve your health. Coconut water is one of the most popular and beneficial options, as one 2007 study found sodium-enriched coconut water to be as effective as commercial sports drinks in overall hydration with far less stomach pains. And of course it does not contain high levels of acid and sugar, but instead can help to naturally lower your blood pressure.
7 thoughts on “Energy and Sports Drinks are ‘Bathing’ Teeth with Acid, Say Scientists”
Coconut water may hydrate you but it doesn't have caffeine and other stimulants — the reason why people buy the energy drinks in the first place.
People don't spend $3.00 on a Monster for hydration.
And does the magic of energy/sports drinks end with acidic teeth, passing harmlessly through the human body? If it does that much damage initially, one can only wonder what else it affects adversely.
Speaking of energy drinks the energy drink "Monster energy drink" its symbol is what appears to be 3 scratch marks but someone noticed its not scratch marks its the number 6 in hebrew language so its 666 and its motto is "unleash the beast" cant make it up…no doubt they are drenching your teeth in acid!
Eat some food and take a caffeine pill. I have taken 357 magnum caffeine pills and they are good if you have to stay up alittle while longer. If you eat they have no affecton you and they aree cheap. These energy drinks they are pushing on idiot young kids. But nobody is doing anything. They warn about sodas and then something worse is being advertised.
I sure wish someone would have had the decency to have told me or my parents that 20 years ago. Since then, while drinking gatorade on a daily basis, I have had extensive and expensive damage to my teeth.
Get Real Folks!! WE(consumers), should know by now (after decades of scientific proof), what is going to be harmful to our bodies and what is not! Sometimes you don't even need to taste a product first. Just read the ingredients list (on Everything!), if the words are too hard to pronounce, you've never heard of them or is Not in a list of natural fruits/vegetable/meat/dairy, then DO NOT INGEST them!! Anything Not Natural(from the ground) is a Chemical/Additive/Preservative!! Case Closed! Any Questions?!
Thank goodness I love Coconut water. I am curious However what specific ingredients might be the cause. Many of these drinks are comparable to typical soda-pop type beverages, except they add things like B vitamins. I think there may be viable healthy alternatives the popular choices just like there are with food.