Energy Drinks Are Not Energizing

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Energy Drinks Are Not Energizing

Geizi Torres, student-journalist

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Whether teens or adults are up late at night over a growing should-I-or-should-I not debate surrounding energy drinks it is impossible to ignore.

Many people exercise or do sports and use energy drinks to help them be faster or be awake but in reality, it is damaging the inside part of their body.

If teens are drinking energy drinks it can cause seizures, heart problems, and medical problems.

“Although healthy people can tolerate caffeine in moderation, heavy caffeine consumption, such as drinking energy drinks, has been associated with serious consequences such as seizures, mania, stroke, and sudden death,” reports The Chicago Tribune.

Commercials and adults from time to time encourage kids to buy energy drinks and the majority of the teens buy the brand. It is mostly sugar-rich, poorly nutritive, and really harmful.

News source Childrens’ MD reports, “Many coaches actually encourage kids to consume these to enhance endurance and stamina.”

Kids can easily access energy drinks in a nearby market or even by some adults that are giving it to teens. Monster, Red Bull, 5-hour, and Rockstar can contain twice more caffeine than a cup of coffee.

Like soda, energy drinks are also high in sugar. A 250 ml can of Red Bull contains around 27.5 g of sugar.

“Young people ages 12 through 17 – almost one-third of whom consume energy drinks regularly – are entitled to information that could save their lives,” reports The Chicago Tribune.

Energy drinks are marketed as beverages that boost mental and physical performance. Caffeine is the most common stimulant in these drinks.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “The amount of caffeine in a can or bottle of energy drink can range from 80 mg to over 500 mg. For comparison, one 5-ounce cup of coffee contains around 100 mg of caffeine,” reported News Article Medical News.

Energy drinks are highly marketed to adolescent boys in ways that encourage risky behavior, such as rapid and excessive consumption. Most guys would consume the liquid since they think it will help them with their sports.

Overall, as sales of energy drinks are increasing each year, the need to act is becoming more prominent as people need to stop this unhealthy consumption. There are ways to protect the health of children that is feasible and necessary.