• The Dangers of Energy Drinks

    dangers of energy drinksSince their first emergence in the mid-nineties, energy drinks have become a $5.4 billion market. As their popularity has surged, so has the realization of how dangerous energy drinks can be. In 2009 alone, energy drink consumption was linked to 13,114 ER visits, an astounding ten times the number for 2005, says a new report issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Energy drinks and “energy shots” are sold everywhere, it seems: in supermarkets, gas stations, even drugstores. Young athletes, truck drivers and college students buy them for a quick—but dangerous—pick-me-up. At least four documented caffeine-associated deaths have occurred in users of energy drinks, reports the Tucson Citizen. Here’s a closer look at the health hazards.

    Why are energy drinks risky?

    One of the main dangers of energy drinks is the high level of caffeine. According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), one ounce of cola contains up to 4.5 mg of caffeine, while coffee ranges from 12.8 to 25 mg per ounce, depending on how strong the brew. Yet an energy drink contains up to 35.7 mg per ounce, nearly three times the strength of some caffeinated coffees. The small “energy shot” drinks offer even more concentrated caffeine—between 90 mg and 171 mg of caffeine per ounce.

    What health problems can energy drinks trigger?

    The consequences of ingesting all of that caffeine include elevated blood pressure, seizures, accelerated heart rate, liver damage, or even death. In pregnant women using energy drinks, late miscarriages, small fetus size and stillbirths have been reported. Since energy drinks are classified as supplements, they aren’t regulated by the FDA, which limits the caffeine content of cola drinks to 71 mg per 12 ounces. There’s no such restriction on energy drinks.

    Can energy drinks make you fat?

    Most energy drinks are simply made of carbonated water, caffeine and high fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup and other processed sugars are made up of empty calories with no nutritional benefit. Even calorie-free artificial sweeteners are dangerous, as they are made from harmful chemicals. Studies indicate that consumption of calorie-free artificial sweeteners actually leads people to inadvertently consume more calories and gain more weight in the long run.

  • Vita Coco VS. Anne’s Kombucha

    Last month, we looked at the pro’s and con’s of Gatorade and Anne’s Kombucha. This ended in a Kombucha victory because of it’s numerous amounts of health benefits. This month we will be putting Vita Coco to the test.

    Coconut water has long been a popular drink in the tropics, especially in India, Southeast Asia, Pacific Islands, Africa, and the Caribbean. In recent years, it has been marketed as a natural energy or sports drink. We’ll see if it can hang!

    Here are the differences:

    As you can see, both Vita Coco and Anne’s Kombucha have many health benefits. Although coconut water is marketed as a natural energy or sports drink, it really doesn’t live up to it. There is not enough sodium for electrolyte replacement, which athletes with extensive training really need. Regardless, it does hydrate and comes with many nutrients beneficial to the body. On the other hand, Anne’s Kombucha will be valuable to one’s body today and in the future. It is rare to find a drink with this many benefits to one’s wellbeing throughout their whole life. For this reason, we feel Anne’s Kombucha is once again victorious, attaining a perfect record of 2-0.

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  • Gatorade VS. Anne’s Kombucha

    1965, Gatorade has been the revolutionary “sports drink” for athletes around the world. What you may not know is that Kombucha has been around since the Tsin Dynasty (221 BC) and was said to have magical powers enabling people to live forever. Although that isn’t true, it is valued for its harmonizing effects on the body and soul. Both of these drinks have been around for a while and give many benefits to people today.


    Now let’s compare the pro’s and con’s of both:



    Now in response to some of those cons, we would like to rebuttle:

    1. Yes, it’s acidic (3.75), but it turns alkaline in the body, just like lemon juice or apple cider vinegar which is highly beneficial since disease such as cancer, viruses, pathogens cannot exist in an oxygen-rich environment.

    2. Kombucha is at 0.004% which is considered Non-Alcoholic.

    3. As far as allergic reactions are considered, anyone can be allergic to anything.  However, we have never heard a case where anyone was allergic to Kombucha.  It’s been around for over 2000 years.

    4. Yeast and Bacteria to some may seem like a con, but it would not really be a “Con” if you are looking for the types of benefits kombucha gives.  These are friendly bacteria and yeast that work together in perfect harmony to metabolize the sugar and caffeine to grow and the by-product is the healthy beverage we’re consuming.  Under “Pro’s” it’s gluten free, vegan, as well as GMO-Free, etc. that we have already mentioned.

    As you can tell there are many more pro’s in Anne’s Kombucha that will be beneficial to the body. It is tough to find a single product with all these benefits to one’s wellbeing. Although Gatorade has some good qualities, it is mostly beneficial to athletes who are in training or competing. It is mostly used to re-hydrate and fill the body with electrolytes while your body is using them in physical activity. Anne’s Kombucha is beneficial throughout one’s whole life. From detoxifying the body to enhancing the mood to aiding in cancer recovery, Anne’s Kombucha can be helpful in anyone’s life. So get off the couch and grab an Anne’s Kombucha at your local store:

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  • Anne’s Kombucha : Cranberry Lime


    Anne’s Cranberry Lime Kombucha

    Have you ever heard of kombucha?

    Note: If you have ever purchased kombucha, you would have noticed that you grabbed it from the refrigerated section. Thus, I strongly suggest that you serve and drink it cold as well. Also, there will be some residue on the bottom, so do shake gently. Tilt the bottle a full 180 degrees vertically 4 times, alternating once you see the residue sink to the other side. Think about the times when you were young playing with those snow globes.

    Smell: Upon bringing the my tasting cup towards my nose, the scent is a sweet sour. I’m reminded of the asian plum drinks that are found at local stores. I’m tempted to start pair this drink with shabu shabu or hot pot.

    Taste: Sour as my nose suggested yet not over powering. My taste buds could pick up hints of cranberry and barely lime. Well done here Anne.

    Texture: Smooth, even with the substrates within floating around; we’re talking about 1 billion organisms here. The acid produces a sensation like that of soda, after swallowing. Imagine a light fizz on your tongue and throat, less pronounced than that of carbonated water.

    Cranberry Lime Kombucha

    The sourness is a result of the fermentation using what Anne describes as “SCOBY” which is an acronym for Symbiotic Culture Of friendly Bacteria and Yeast.  The culture metabolizes the nutrients and sugars found within the brewed tea. The result is a lightly sparkling, sweet/sour drink that contains enzymes and billions of probioitics. These micro-organisms ultimately support digestion and metabolism, and boosts the immune system as well as the body’s energy level.

    Cranberry Lime Kombucha

    Anne’s Cranberry Lime Kombucha is made by hand with the finest organic ingredients and flower essences as shown in this picture above. Notice how every ingredient is organic. If this drink was made using sugar instead of cane juice, the final product would not have been the same.



  • What Is Kombucha??



    The Kombucha mushroom, a fermented yeast enzyme tea, is thought to originate in Asia during the Chinese Tsin dynasty in 212 BC.  This Eastern Tea was referred to as the Remedy for Immortality or the tea of Immortality.  With the extension of trade routes it spread to India and Russia through travelers and traders.  Kombucha resurfaced in Japan between the Wars after a Japanese visitor to Kargasok (Russia) found this fermented tea drink responsible for their astonishing health, longevity and well-being.  A Korean physician may have introduced it to Japan by the name of Kombu around 415 AD.





    Today the tea – once routinely used by Samurai – is widely used again in Japan.  Kombucha appeared in Germany about the turn of the century from Russia.  The fermented tea drink became quite popular across Europe until World War II with the shortage of tea and sugar.  For hundreds of years a tea has been made from Chaga (a birch-tree mushroom) by the Russian peasants of the Alexandrov district near Moscow to cure cancer.  There is speculation that the Kombucha mushroom is related to the Birch-tree mushroom.   People in Russia have a long tradition of using a healing tea called “Tea Kvass” made from a “Japanese Mushroom”.  From Russia it spread to Prussia, Poland, Germany and Denmark. Today it is known and consumed around the world for its extraordinary health benefits.






    Anne’s Kombucha is a raw, freshly brewed, naturally effervescent fermented probiotic drink made by hand from sweet tea and a Kombucha culture known as a “Scoby” (Symbiotic Culture Of friendly Bacteria and Yeast).  The culture is alive and is a co-dependent blend of healthy bacteria, yeasts and other microorganisms.  Scoby is also referred to as a culture, mother, and baby.  Although there is little published research on Kombucha, the fact that it is still here today after 2000 years is a testimonial in itself and that millions of people throughout the world have found it to have great value for it’s amazing health benefits.


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