Energy drinks: do or don't?

Should kids be drinking energy drinks?

Popularity

Energy drinks now a days are extremely popular. Everywhere you look you will find one. They are delightful to drink and very tasty but...are they good for you? Many people have tossed out the idea that these drinks are unhealthy simple because the organization that makes them claims they are healthy to drink. But I plain on uncovering the real truth that the company is hiding.

Side effects:

Here are the top ten reported side effects from drinking energy drinks--

•Tremor/Shaking

•Agitation/Restlessness

•Palpitations/Tachycardia

•Gastrointestinal Upset

•Chest pain/Ischaemia

•Dizziness/Syncope

•Paraesthesia (tingling or numbing of the skin)

•Insomnia

•Respiratory Distress

•Headache

Types of energy drinks

Caffeine Overdose!

For most people a dose of over 200-300mg may produce initial symptoms such as:

•Increased blood pressure

•Heart palpitations

•Gastrointestinal Disturbance (diarrhea)

•Increase Urination

•Dizziness, Irritability, Nausea, Nervousness, Jitters

•Headache and severe fatigue from withdrawal

•Breast shrinkage in females

•Painful withdrawal symptoms

Some extra facts:

  • One 8-ounce serving of Monster will typically supply about 100 calories
  • Sugar per serving ranges from 27-30mg
  • Caffeine per serving ranges from 72-150
  • Ingredients include: Carnitine, Glucuron Lactone, Guarana, Inusitol, Panax, Ginseng, Super Citramax (Hydroxy Citric Acid, Garcinia Cambagia Extract), Taurine, Yohimbine HCL

So what do you think?

Many young children have been seen drinking these (as you can now see) unhealthy drinks. Many have brought up the idea of limiting the drinks to only people that are 18+ and frankly I agree. No young child should be drinking these drinks.




Serena Johnson, Core 1