The Cold, Refreshing, Stimulating Truth About Energy Drinks

The Cold, Refreshing, Stimulating Truth About Energy Drinks

Am I ruining my body with these? Am I going to DIE???

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The thing about energy drinks... they have a bad rap.

I often bring one to work and then my coworkers will begin to tell me how bad they are for my health. And then I usually reply with how delicious they are or something. Because quite frankly, I absolutely love energy drinks.

I never have more than one on the same day, and I don't drink 5-Hour Energy or any of those energy shots. THOSE can't be safe. I also don't drink Redbull for some reason. I have always thought that they weren't good for you and so I guess I just stand by that. But I drink every flavor of Monster and Rockstar and have now expanded my horizons to Nos, Bang, etc. I sip them like a drink, I don't chug them or start my day with them. Usually. And I like to get the sugar-free or low-calorie ones, although that's a whole other debate on whether or not it's healthier to digest real sugar or fake sweetener.

But my habits are not the focus of this article. Instead, I want to summarize some of the factual information about energy drinks and why you shouldn't assume I'm going to have a heart attack after I finish my delicious beverage. Now, I admit right off the bat that I didn't do any extensive research about this, I didn't look into cases of specific people's injuries or experiences, I just want to state a few facts to put this entire debate into perspective:

The average Monster has anywhere from 140-160 mg of caffeine in a 16oz can. This is the equivalent of a tall Starbucks cafe Americano. And ordering an Americano every morning is perfectly fine to most people.

My absolute favorite flavor of Monster is the Pipeline Punch from the Monster Juice series. This one is not low-calorie or low-sugar, it's just a normal Monster drink. It has 23g of sugar in it. Arguably one of the most popular sugary Starbucks drinks is the caramel macchiato. The grande size has 33g of sugar in it. Not to mention, it's also the exact same caffeine count as an energy drink.

Anytime you order your Starbucks drink with an extra shot, that's an added 75mg of caffeine. So with every double shot or even triple shot, if you dare, you are well over the caffeine amount of 99% of energy drinks.

In light of these facts, it's still fair to criticize energy drinks because of their artificial, sugary nature. Sure, carbonated sugary drinks lead to teeth erosion and dental issues. But then how come people don't freak out every time the waiter asks if you would like a Coke with that?

The Bang drinks actually require you be over eighteen to purchase them. Grocery stores treat it like alcohol and ask for your ID before buying. And maybe this is how it should be for every energy drink brand. It would surely help prevent young children and teens from over-consuming something that they probably don't need in their systems at a young age.

As for bodily defects as a result of drinking energy drinks—do everything in moderation! Stories are released of people drinking energy drinks and then dying from heart attacks or what have you. But 99% of the time it's because they drank three in a row or mixed them with substances you shouldn't be mixing them with. These aren't just drinks. People should be taking them seriously. You wouldn't throw back five shots of tequila and then not expect to suffer the consequences or order three triple shot lattes and not expect to feel a little heartburn afterward.

So, I urge you to take this with a grain of salt. 99% of the time I drink an energy drink, it just keeps me from falling asleep. It doesn't really give me energy or make me stay awake. So maybe I have an extremely high tolerance to caffeine, but I see it as evidence that energy drinks can't be that bad for you or else the supposed "high" levels of chemicals and caffeine would have you bouncing off the walls every single time.

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12 Symptoms You Get When You're Addicted To Chick-Fil-A

It is your one true love.
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Chick-fil-A, I love you.

Truett Cathy, I owe you my life.

If you love Chick-fil-A, you truly have withdrawals when you're away from it. You may suffer from these symptoms, just like I do.

1. No other breakfast will compare to CFA's.

2. No other fast food joint has hash brown's like CFA's.

3. When you go on vacation, you type in Chick-fil-A to see if there is one nearby.

4. If there isn't, you eat it as soon, I am talking, like, the second, you get back from vacation.

5. You truly don't understand how people "get tired of Chick-fil-A"

6. Besides the occasional change up on Sunday's, CFA is always your number choice of fast food.

7. You legitimately crave it more on Sunday's.

8. Nothing on the menu seems gross to you.

9. Yet, you seem to get the same thing every time you go.

10. Their ice cream is literally the b o m b.

11. You defend CFA to any and every hater.

12. CFA is probably your actual one true love.

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Lopes, Your New GCBC Order Based On Your Zodiac Sign

If your zodiac sign can predict your future, why not your GCBC order?

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For any student at Grand Canyon University, GCBC is a staple in the everyday routine. From signature drinks to infused Stampedes, everyone always seems to have their go-to drink! But, how do you choose from the plethora of options? Why not let your zodiac sign decide for you?

1. Aries - Strawberry Stampede

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Aries are known to be full of life and very high energy. With a curious mind, a Stampede is the way to go! GCU's very own energy drink, Stampede, is a very popular pick on campus. But with the multitude of flavor options, curiosity can take over until you try every flavor! For a sweet, but hyper personality, the sweet but high energy beverage is a perfect choice for an Aries!

2. Taurus - Hot Green Tea

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A calming drink for the peaceful personality? Taurus's are known to be patient, careful and calm. Therefore, a natural relaxer is a hot beverage and green tea is known to soothe and allow you to unwind and calm down making this the ideal beverage for a classic Taurus with a busy schedule.

3. Gemini - The Haboob

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The Haboob is a mixture of vanilla and hazelnut with a caramel drizzle and a sprinkle of cinnamon. An adventurous, but delicious combination. Gemini's are known for being very adventurous and original, which is why the Gemini can't go for something simple like a chai tea or an iced coffee. The complexity and uniqueness of The Haboob is sure to be a staple in the Gemini's life.

4. Cancer - Vanilla Latte

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Cancers: loyal, dedicated, and nurturing. They are usually the "mom" friend, the social butterflies, and the hopeless romantics. Known to always have your back, Cancers need a drink that will also always have their back. A classic, something that will never let them down. That's when the vanilla latte comes in. A go to drink that you can never go wrong with.

5. Leo - The Avalanche

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Leo's are known as the lion sign. A sign that represents power, pride, and leadership. A person with power deserves a drink that is just as in charge as they are. The Avalanche is that drink. A dirty chai with a white chocolate twist is a drink that definitely packs a punch.

6. Virgo - The Beesting

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The Beesting is a sweet mixture of honey, coconut, and cinnamon that is perfect for the mild mannered Virgo. This zodiac sign is known to be dedicated and hardworking, two things that most college students try their hardest to be during the semester so by getting the Beesting, not only will you be caffeinated to finish your homework, but also enjoy a sweet treat while you're at it.

7. Libra - Caramel Monsoon

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Libras are the sign of the scales. A sign that is in constant need of balance. So, why not go for a drink that is the perfect combination of caramel and chocolate. Not too sweet, not too bitter, the Caramel Monsoon will balance out all your coffee needs. For someone who loves coffee or just started drinking it, this drink is a guaranteed pick every time due to its lovable qualities, just like a Libra.

8. Scorpio - Coco-Mocha

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Coconut and chocolate. To some, this may sound like the best combination. To others, this may be a little too adventurous. For Scorpios, the fearless sign, this drink is right up their alley. Scorpios strive for individuality and one of the most original drinks GCBC has is the Coco-Mocha. A tasty, complex drink that will satisfy the cravings of a Scorpio but is still original an more unique than the average espresso drink.

9. Sagittarius - Any of GCBC's smoothies

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Sagittarius's are described as honest, optimistic, enthusiastic and encouraging. They are the people that when you are with them, it is like a breath of fresh air. Refreshing and exactly what you needed in the moment. That is why a GCBC smoothie is exactly the drink for you. They aren't the usual pick at a coffee place, but you know exactly what you are getting with a smoothie. Sweet, healthy choices that will make you feel better, like a Sagittarius.

10. Capricorn - Cold Brew on tap

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Cold brew is one of those drinks that you have to be either a coffee connoisseur, overwhelmed by all the work you have to do, or like a very successful businessperson to enjoy. Capricorns are, most of the time, one, if not all, of those things. Known to be the hard workers and the planners, Capricorns need the high amount of caffeine to continue to get their to-do list done!

11. Aquarius - Hot cocoa

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Known to be shy personalities or eccentric friends, Aquarius's can described as cute and fair-minded. They are the feel good people placed in your life. And... the feel good drink that you need in your life? Hot cocoa. Enough said.

12.  Pisces - Stampede

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A daydreamer? Happy? Vibrant? That would be a Pisces. These artistic signs are known for their bright personalities and emotional connections. At GCBC, nothing gets brighter than a Stampede. While any flavor will do, the Blueberry flavor or Thunder's signature drink "Blue Thunder" can be seen all the way across campus! For a colorful Pisces, a Stampede should always be their go-to drink!

While your star sign can be fun and maybe even a little freaky, realistically, you can pick any GCBC drink that fits your palette. Hopefully, you did find a new suggestion or a new obsession and maybe, it fits your personality!

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