A listener writes, “My son’s friends love energy drinks, but I don’t want him drinking them. Am I overreacting?”
Not at all! The idea of your kids drinking energy drinks should make you jittery.
Many are loaded with the caffeine content of at least two cups of coffee, and it’s not uncommon for many teens to drink more than one a day. Plus, many drinks are loaded with sugar, herbs, or high doses of vitamins that some kids may have negative reactions to.
Many experts have warned against caffeine consumption in children, since safe levels haven’t been established and the risk of overuse is high.
Plus, constantly stimulating the nervous system, heart, and other body systems is risky. And if your teen plays sports, that increases the risk even more.
As a doctor, I think kids and energy drinks are a combination parents need to pull the plug on.
Here are some more of my blogs on this topic:
- Energy drinks may cause serious increases in heart rates
- How much caffeine is really in those energy drinks?
- Experts criticize young athletes’ use of energy drinks
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