Video Showing Negative Effects of 'Healthy' Energy Drink Sparks Debate

Commenters on a viral TikTok were divided after one user revealed his negative experience with a popular energy drink.

Showing himself with a series of wires stuck to his chest, seemingly in the midst of a cardiology examination, TikTok user @nickerrante explained that he drank a Celsius energy drink before working out every day for the last two years.

"Me drinking Celsius before every workout for the last 2 years thinking I'm healthy," he wrote in the video's text overlay, before showing himself in what appears to be a doctor's office.

Posted with the caption, "i might still drink it tho," the viral video has received nearly 9,000 likes and has been viewed more than 253,000 times.

Celsius energy drinks are made from "nothing but the best" ingredients, according to the company's website.

Billed as an alternative to other energy drinks, like Red Bull, Monster and Bang, Celsius says that its drinks are made from "healthier ingredients," like ginger, guarana, green tea and essential vitamins.

The Celsius website also maintains that its energy drinks contain "no sugar, no aspartame, no high fructose corn syrup, and no artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors," and are intended to be consumed 15-20 minutes before exercising.

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One TikTok user said they drank a Celsius energy drink before every workout for two years. HandmadePictures/iStock / Getty Images Plus

However, like with other, popular energy drink brands, health experts warn of potentially harmful side effects, partially due to caffeine levels which range between 200-300 milligrams per 12 ounce can.

"It is concerning because too much caffeine can cause people to become addicted and [require] more to get the same effect," Lindsay Hanford, a registered nurse and Health and Wellness staff member at The Williston Northampton School, said in an interview with The Willistonian.

"It can also cause side effects such as increased heart rate or irregular heartbeat, insomnia, and anxiety," Hanford added.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention corroborates Hanford's assertions about Celsius and other energy drinks, listing dehydration, heart complications, anxiety, and insomnia as side effects of drinking highly-caffeinated beverages.

In a top comment left on @nickerrante's viral video, another TikTok user complained of heart issues potentially linked to regular Celsius consumption.

"No [because] I drink one every day and my heart been feeling weird :((((," user @helenjay2 commented.

"Literally kept waking up in the middle of the night [with] heart palpitations and my anxiety had never been higher," another commenter added.

Throughout the viral video's comment section, countless TikTok users revealed that they regularly drink Celsius and other energy drinks, and don't plan on stopping.

"Not me currently drinking a Celsius," user @tierrasands commented.

"*pretends to not see this and scrolls*," another commenter added.

"I drink a Celsius everyday & I went to a cardiologist, did an EKG, stress echo, etc. & I'm fine lol y'all good don't worry," @lizbawlz18 chimed in.

TikTok user @marinaascholz, whose comment has been liked 155 times, said they won't stop drinking Celsius despite the side effects, prompting a similar response from @nickerrante.

"Can't stop won't stop," @marinaascholz commented.

"They're too good [laughing my a** off]," @nickerrante responded.

Newsweek reached out to @nickerrante and Celsius for comment.