Parents are being cautioned about letting their children consume energy drinks as drinking more than a regular serving of not more than a bottle per day poses serious health problems.
In a recent report by Safefood, authorities are now campaigning to keep children below 16 away from downing energy drinks where one popiular brand was found to contain almost 17 tablespoons of sugar , which by standards, are way too high for kids.
This is also bolstered by the report of the American Health Association that indicated these drinks pose negative effects on the heart, which are commonly formulated with caffeine, taurine and sugar- a cocktail believed to be responsible for triggering irregular heart rhythms.
Among the illnesses and conditions noted by Safefood that would affect children are tooth income, missing needs , obesity, kidney and heart problems, urinary tract infection, diabetes,
One of the common misconceptions about energy drinks is that these are being marketed and advertised as beverages, instead of dietary supplements that are supposed to be taken in moderation and at controlled tolerable levels.
Many, if not all ingredients in energy drinks provide benefits for the body, but overconsumption could lead to serious health problems.
Due to several noted incidents of energy drink-related deaths, France already banned the sale of a popular brand of energy drink back in 2004.
Among the common ingredients of most energy drinks in the market are taurine, Vitamin B complex, Ginko Biloba, caffeine, guarana, ginseng, L-Carnitine and anti-oxidants, among others.
There were also reports of emergency treatment cases where drug users mix energy drinks with restricted substances in efforts to intensify drug-induced hallucinogenic effects.
Among the other possible health effects of overconsumption of energy drinks are cardiac arrest, migraine headaches, insomnia, diabetes, addiction, tremors, vomiting, nervousness and allergic reactions among others.
Also as an impact of massive marketing and advertisement campaigns, 66% of all energy drinks are consumed by a younger demographic – an age range of 13 to 35 years old.
So the next time you feel the need for some energy boosting, remind yourself that you only need so much because having too much energy drinks can hurt your heart.
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