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In our research project, we will try to compare the qualitative contents of some energy drinks. These drinks will vary from international drinks to simple local energy drinks. To differentiate energy drinks form other drinks, such drinks can be compared t

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Chemistry Background Information: When a person is exercising, or undergoing some sort of a strenuous activity, it has often been observed that they drink a lot of drinks. This maybe in the form of water, energy drinks, juice or it may even be carbonated sodas. Why is this so?? What Benefits do athletes get from drinking energy drinks?? How does fitness relate to energy drinks?? This answer lies in the basic chemical structure of energy drinks. These drinks consumed during exercising are much more complex than what they look like. They comprise of some vital nutrients which give the respective drinkers quick energy. Energy Drinks Energy drinks are drinks designed to increase stamina and improve physical performance. Some energy drinks are designed especially for elite athletes, but most are produced and marketed for the general community. The main ingredients in energy drinks are caffeine, taurine and glucuronolactone. Some new drinks on the market also contain opium poppy seed extract or ephedrine. Details of the ingredients present in some energy drinks: Chlorine Ions pH Glucose is the body's preferred fuel. Energy drinks contain a ton of sugar which means, they contain a lot of energy. It's a carbohydrate, and a lot of exercise regiments suggest a good dose of carbohydrates for workouts lasting more than an hour. However, to much sugar intake has been proved to cause diabetes. Taurine is an amino acid that our body naturally produces. It helps regulate heartbeat, muscle contractions, and energy levels. Usually the body makes enough that supplements are not needed. It's thought, but not proven, that under "stress conditions" like illness, physical exertion, or injury, the body does not create enough and supplements can help. ...read more.

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essence added to it. Picture Taken From: http://www.vitazone.com/assets/images/inner/var_citrus.jpg Vita Zone (Citrus) Electrolyte Test Chloride Test Test for Reducing Sugars pH Test Result Positive Positive Positive Acidic Remarks The solution contains electricity. It can conduct currents up to 25 mA. A cloudy white precipitate was obtained. Chloride anions are present in the solution. The final colour was that of reddish-brown. This suggests the presence of carbohydrates (glucose). The pH was recorded as 3.9. This is an acidic solution. #Lemon Water Lemon Water is an energy drink produced in Indonesia. It is known for its quantity of Vitamin C that it provides athletes. It has a total of 1000mg of Vitamin C added into the drink itself. This drink is lemon flavored. Lemon Water Electrolyte Test Chloride Test Test for Reducing Sugars pH Test Result Positive Positive Positive Acidic Remarks The solution contains electricity. However, it is a weak electrolyte as it can conduct currents only up to 4 mA. A cloudy white precipitate was obtained. Chloride anions are present in the solution. Then, the colour changed directly to black; due to the presence of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C). The final colour was that of reddish-brown. This suggests the presence of carbohydrates (glucose). The pH was recorded as 3.6. This is an acidic solution. #Orange Water Orange Water is an energy drink produced in Indonesia. It is known for its quantity of Vitamin C that it provides athletes. It has a total of 1000mg of Vitamin C added into the drink itself. This drink is orange flavored. Orange Water Electrolyte Test Chloride Test Test for Reducing Sugars pH Test Result Positive Positive Positive Acidic Remarks The solution contains electricity. ...read more.

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The final colour was that of reddish-brown. This suggests the presence of carbohydrates (glucose). The pH was recorded as 3.8. This is an acidic solution. Conclusion and Evaluation: Not enough is currently known about energy drinks and their effect on health and wellbeing. The producers of energy drinks make many claims about the health effects of their products. They say that their products can increase physical endurance, improve reaction time, boost mental alertness and concentration, increase overall wellbeing, stimulate metabolism, improve stamina and help eliminate waste from the body. The drinks are marketed as healthy, fun and youthful, and many children, young people and adults are taken in by the excitement created around them, believing these claims to be true. However, the evidence shows that it may be wise to be cautious in our consumption of energy drinks. Caffeine, taurine and glucuronolactone occur naturally in the body, but the fact that they are present in much higher doses in energy drinks may be cause for concern. Scientists say that caffeine can have an effect on the growing brain and that it may cause a decline in the body's immune system. For now, health authorities have determined that energy drinks are generally safe for consumption, with some cautions. Evidence is beginning to emerge that energy drinks may be harmful to some members of our community. It may be best to avoid giving these drinks to children under the age of ten. With older children and young people, watch closely the amount of energy drinks they consume as well as any effects on their mood or behaviour. If you are unsure or would like further advice, consult your doctor or other health professional. Kehte hain ki ...... Agar kisi cheez ko dil se chaaho to puri kayanat usey tumse milane ki koshish mein lag jaati hai ...read more.

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