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Health Notes from Dr. Steve Salvatore

Last updated 6 years ago

It's been a national debate for years - whether kids and teens should stay away from energy drinks.

Well now the American Academy of Pediatrics is urging parents to do just that - saying that kids are more vulnerable to the contents of energy drinks than grownups. In addition - they contains caffeine and other stimulant substances that aren't nutritional.

Energy drinks are essentially, stimulants..  They stress the body - and as a child or growing teenager, that's the last thing you want to do. Some energy drinks have as much caffeine as 5 cups of coffee or 10 times as much as a can of cola. Many also have an "energy blend" which is a mixture of herbs that are natural stimulants.  Not to mention, they may also contain large amounts of sugar. There aren't any documented cases of harm directly linked to these beverages, but in rare cases stimulants can cause your heart to beat faster - and may even lead to seizures.

Many adults often use energy drinks when exercising, but kids and teens haven't developed as much and could be more vulnerable to the effects of energy drinks.

 

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