JOHANNESBURG - It's a favourite of long-distance drivers, students, and those burning the midnight oil, but just how bad are energy drinks for your body?
Excessive caffeine, sugar, and other chemicals are known to cause serious health conditions and weight gain.
Retha Harmse, from the Association for Dietetics in South Africa, says the makers of energy drink brands and consumers need to be more educated about the risks of excessive consumption.
Harmse said, "I think that there's a lot of education that needs to be done and not just by brands, I think by individuals themselves, as well. The internet is a wonderful source of information that we have."
"Dieticians really try to get this message across. It's something that rests on the shoulders of brands but also on individuals as well. There's a lot of concern sometimes about what a label says but we need to, in turn, read what the label says."