We all know that energy drinks are not the best thing for our health. These drinks are very popular, especially among teenagers and children, and they are also easily accessible. This is where the problem actually starts, says a new research. Teens and kids need to ingest less caffeine than adults.
Energy Drinks and Their Effects on the Health
A new study shows that an energy drink’s only short-term benefit is outweighed by a lot of health risks. Some consume energy drinks in order to stay awake when they have a project to finish or to wake up faster in the morning. This is the only benefit of energy drinks, according to most. On the other hand, the health risks are much more significant and long-lasting. These drinks can cause mental health problems, increased blood pressure, kidney damage, and obesity.
The researchers who conducted this study mentioned that there need to be more regulations on the energy drink market. Some of these should include restricted sales and caffeine limits. They also want to put a stop to the marketing strategies that target kids and teens.
Currently, the vast majority of the energy drinks on the market contain sugar, water, vitamins, stimulants, and caffeine. This last one is seemingly responsible for most of the harm. Because an energy drink has 100 milligrams of caffeine per ounce, an entire bottle has more than the recommended limit for adults, which is 400 milligrams. Coffee, for example only has 95 milligrams for an entire cup (8-ounce cup).
While a small amount of caffeine can be beneficial for our health, a higher quantity can cause health problems. Teens and kids have a lower caffeine limit and that is why energy drinks are even more dangerous for them. Also, the sugar quantity in such drinks isn’t healthy because it may increase the risk of obesity. Researchers also mentioned that there are some ingredients that are not on the label, so people might not even know what they are drinking.
“Therefore, consuming energy drinks can be potentially harmful, or their affects are unknown,” mentioned Beth Warren, founder of Beth Warren Nutrition.
Study results were released in the journal Frontiers in Public Health.
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