Energy drinks are in the news again. New concerns about the health effects of these beverages come up just about every day. There are so many prices to pay for a small pick me up — and the people who are paying those prices aren’t simply adults, they’re kids too.
As Anna Svatikova, the leader author of a new study, said, “We know that energy drink consumption is widespread and rising among young people. Concerns about the health safety of energy drinks have been raised. We and others have previously shown that energy drinks increase blood pressure. Now we are seeing that for those not used to caffeine, the concern may be even greater. Consumers should use caution when using energy drinks because they may increase the risk of cardiovascular problems, even among young people.”
This experiment is limited as it looked at 25 healthy individuals between the ages of 19 and 40. The experiment monitored their heart rates and blood pressure before drinking a standard energy drink (or placebo) and then again 30 minutes after consuming the drinks. As might have been expected, the increase in blood pressure of those who consumed energy drinks was significantly higher than the blood pressure rate of those people who drank the placebo.
Svatikova concludes, “Consumers should use caution when using energy drinks because they may increase the risk of cardiovascular problems, even among young people.”
FoodFacts.com is extremely serious about sharing energy drink news. We especially believe in alerting teenagers to the dangers involved in energy drink consumption. We hope our community does the same. There is nothing nutritionally beneficial about energy drinks and the dangers they pose make the pick me up they offer a useless perk. Talk to kids about energy drinks. Let them know that people have ended up in the emergency room and the morgue because of them. Please remember that even when teens don’t appear to be listening, adults do have influence over their actions. Let’s help keep kids away from energy drinks and let’s make sure that adults find other ways to stay energized.