The largest potential hazards and side effects of consuming Nestle Nutrition’s Boost energy drink are weight gain, an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. However, these negative effects typically manifest only after prolonged use.
Similar to the majority of energy drinks, Boost High Protein Energy Drink depends on the effects of caffeine and sugar to provide an immediate increase in the consumer’s sense of energy. The average 250-milliliter can of Boost includes 80 milligrammes of caffeine and between 18 and 27.25 grammes of sugar; increased consumption of sugar, in particular, is directly associated with greater weight gain due to empty calories. A standard 8-ounce can of Boost provides 240 calories on average.
The decision to begin taking Boost should be discussed with a physician by those with a history of diabetes or cardiovascular disease; although Boost is not directly linked to either of these conditions, its sugar and cholesterol levels put those with personal or familial histories at a greater risk of developing symptoms.
Those with lactose intolerance should be informed that Boost’s protein is derived from milk. Before consuming any product, a person with this illness should examine the label for components, as failure to do so may result in bloating, diarrhoea, excess gas, nausea, and stomach cramping.