University of Miami School of Medicine Study Says Energy Drinks Could Pose a Risk & Danger for Children


Energy drinks might not just cause hyperactivity, but could also be harmful.

A University of Miami study determined that energy drinks like “Red Bull” could pose a health risk to children, especially those with diabetes, seizures, cardiac abnormalities or mood and behavior disorders. The beverage industry claims that the energy drinks have the same or less caffeine than a cup of coffee. It might not just be the caffeine that is the issue. Energy drinks contain high levels of stimulants such as caffeine,taurine and guarana. Safe levels of consumption of these ingredients haven’t been established for children.

The study, called “Health Effects of Energy Drinks on Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults,” says the energy drinks “have no therapeutic benefit to children, and both the known and unknown properties of the ingredients, combined with reports of toxicity, may put some children at risk for adverse health events.”

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Surveys show that 30% to 50% of teens and young adults consume energy drinks, but “we didn’t see evidence that drinks have beneficial effects in improving energy, weight loss, stamina, athletic performance and concentration,” Lipshultz says.

He encourages pediatricians and parents to talk to kids and teens about whether they should be drinking such beverages.

Posted February 15, 2011 by
Child Welfare, Healthcare | 3 comments

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    3 Responses to “University of Miami School of Medicine Study Says Energy Drinks Could Pose a Risk & Danger for Children”

    1. Arsalan on February 15th, 2011 4:59 am

      thats true these energy drinks are harmfull for kids due to high level of caffeine….

    2. NGBoston on February 16th, 2011 12:45 am

      4Loko or whatever the hell that shizz was called was banned for a reason.

      When my children become Teenagers, which is fast approaching, the types of beverages as listed above will not be allowed.

      When they are 21, they are legally allowed to indulge in the poison of their choice. Please select wisely & act accordingly. Everything in moderation is my Motto. Anything with lethal capacity- (including Alcohol) included. They don’t call them “spirits” for nothing.

      xoxoo NG

    3. NGBoston on February 16th, 2011 12:45 am

      poof goes another post. =) Thanks
      SM Found it.

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