Parental Guidance: Energy Drink Consumption The basic line is that energy drinks should never be consumed by children or teenagers. They should also drink plain water during and after ordinary activity instead of sports drinks, which contain additional calories that lead to obesity and tooth decay.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that people who are under 18 years old should not consume these products because of their ability to cause cognitive problems if used regularly or excessively. The same article states that those who use energy drinks often or continuously for several months may experience symptoms such as irritability, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. These symptoms can be caused by excessive caffeine consumption.
What is the maximum amount of caffeine I can eat in a day? You can gradually increase your dose until you reach the point where it starts to have adverse effects on your body. Caffeine is toxic to the kidneys if consumed in large amounts over time so it's important to only take in a certain amount of it each day. The National Institute on Drug Abuse recommends against consuming more than 200 milligrams of caffeine per day. This amount is based on a moderate daily intake of 3-4 cups of coffee or 6-8 cans of soda.
Studies show that adults can consume up to 400 mg of caffeine every day without any negative effects.
The basic line is that energy drinks should never be consumed by children or teenagers. Sports beverages provide just a limited use for pediatric athletes. They can be mixed together but the colorings in many brands are not compatible with each other or with soda pop.
The most popular energy drinks in the United States are Red Bull, Rockstar, Amp, and Full Throttle. All of these products contain caffeine as well as taurine, glucuronolactone, and B-complex vitamins. Although they all share these five ingredients, they differ from one another in their flavor profiles and concentrations of other substances within them. For example, Rockstar has more sugar than other brands while Full Throttle is less sweet.
The amount of caffeine in an energy drink varies depending on how it is made. Some brands contain less than 100 milligrams of caffeine per 12 oz beverage while others have up to 400 mg. The actual amount you consume will determine how you feel later on. Caffeine is a stimulant that can increase your heart rate and blood pressure at high doses. It can also cause irritability, anxiety, headaches, and insomnia at lower doses.
People between the ages of 18 and 24 account for a large percentage of emergency room visits due to energy drink consumption.
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement in 2011 stating that energy drinks "are not acceptable for children and adolescents and should never be ingested." Furthermore, the committee noted that teenagers may incorrectly utilize energy beverages for rehydration after physical exercise rather than sports drinks like Gatorade.
Red Bull itself notes on its website that the product is not intended for children under 13 years old and that its consumption by those who are younger may cause them to become agitated or excited.
To make matters worse, several studies have shown that consumption of energy drinks by teens leads to usage by adults- especially men involved in high-risk activities such as motorcycling- which increases the risk of injury or death.
Overall, consumption of energy drinks by adolescents is unsafe and does more harm than good. If your teen insists on consuming these products, we recommend only purchasing Red Bull brand energy drinks because they do not contain any caffeine from other sources such as coffee or chocolate. Also, be sure to limit your child's daily caffeine intake to no more than 200 milligrams of pure caffeine.
Caffeine is found in many products today including some brands of tea, coffee, soda, and chocolate. In fact, according to the FDA, approximately 70 percent of Americans age 6 and older consume caffeine on a daily basis.