Monday, February 14, 2011
More on the danger of energy drinks...
Energy drinks not only may make your kid hyper, but it turns out they might also make them seriously unhealthy.
A study issued Monday from the University of Miami School of Medicine says energy drinks could pose a risk for serious adverse health effects in some children, especially those with diabetes, seizures, cardiac abnormalities or mood and behavior disorders.
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."
According to study surveys, adolescents account for half of the energy drink market, and as many as 50 percent have reported consuming energy drinks.
The study says high levels of stimulants such as caffeine, taurine and guarana are in the energy drinks and that safe levels of consumption of these ingredients haven't been established for children.
It also says energy drink overdose can lead to seizures, stroke and even sudden death.