Is Your Energy Drink Making You Sick?
Is Your Energy Drink Making You Sick? If You Have Sucrose Intolerance, Here’s What You Need to Know…
As their name implies, energy drinks are promoted as products that increase energy. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health suggests that, next to multivitamins, energy drinks are the most popular dietary supplement consumed by young adults. These enhanced drinks range from fruit punch to matcha tea, but they all tout one goal – to give you a burst of energy.
But what if these energy drinks are causing you gastrointestinal (GI) upset? If you have Sucrose Intolerance from Congenital Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (CSID), this just may be the case.
What’s in your energy drink?
Some energy drinks contain high doses of B vitamins such as B3 (niacin), B6 (folate), and B12; others contain sugars such as sucrose; while others are sweetened with artificial sweeteners such as aspartame or sucralose. Some energy drinks can pack up to 65 grams of sugar per serving. Additionally, most energy drinks contain large amounts of caffeine, designed to give you a quick jolt of energy.
Is your energy drink making you sick?
If your favorite energy drink is triggering unpleasant GI symptoms, it’s possible that you have Sucrose Intolerance. If you have Sucrose Intolerance, you lack two digestive enzymes, sucrase and isomaltase, that are responsible for breaking down sucrose and other sugars found in some starches.
After consuming energy drinks, symptoms may include frequent loose stools, abdominal distention and flatulence (gas). As if sucrose weren’t already causing you discomfort, many energy drinks also contain large amounts of caffeine. Caffeine can also encourage the bowels to move or promote bloating, gas, and other symptoms, which can lead to frequent and urgent trips to the restroom.
How do you select an energy drink?
If you think you may have Sucrose Intolerance or you experience symptoms of GI upset after drinking an energy drink, be sure to select one that does not contain sucrose. Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame are generally well-tolerated by those of you who do not tolerate sucrose. Lastly, look for an energy drink that does not contain the stimulant caffeine.
Of course, there are many other beverage options that are suitable if you have Sucrose Intolerance. But even if you avoid drinks with sucrose, this one fix won’t cure you of your CSID symptoms. If consuming energy drinks or other sucrose-dense beverages causes your gut to act up, take our Sucrose Intolerance quiz and make an appointment with your physician.