The extra caffeine and sugar in an energy drink can seem like the perfect thing to give you a lift. The truth is, the quick boost you’re hoping for may become a health scare you’d rather avoid.
What energy drink companies aren’t telling you:
There are no laws to make the companies tell how much caffeine they put in a serving. Most of the drinks contain high levels of sugar, caffeine and other stimulants. If you drink more than one per day, you will exceed the recommended amounts of these substances.
Energy drinks can cause:
- High blood pressure, skipping heartbeats or heart failure
Warn young people about the dangers:
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that teenagers do not consume energy drinks. Younger children should seldom have caffeinated drinks, if ever. If they do have caffeine, it should be no more than 100 milligrams a day, or about one cup of coffee.
Be safe. Choose to get your energy boosts by:
- Eating small meals through the day
- Getting enough sleep
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