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SCHOOLCHILDREN in the US should steer clear of energy drinks, and go easy on the calorie-rich sports drinks too, the American Academy of Pediatrics warned this week. The academy’s report is the latest attack in the battle to stop children consuming “empty calories” from sweet drinks in school vending machines.
Although the drinks industry agreed to phase out sugar-rich sodas in 2006, this has been offset by a surge in the consumption of sports and energy drinks. “We know caffeine and other stimulants in energy drinks raise blood pressure, cause insomnia and can be addictive,” says Marcie Schneider of the academy’s Committee on Nutrition, and co-author of the report (Pediatrics, DOI: 10.1542/peds.2011-0965). “There is no reason for a child to consume an energy drink,” she says.
The report warns that some energy drinks contain more than 500 milligrams of caffeine, the same as in 14 cans of soda. Sports drinks are also unnecessary in schools except following prolonged sessions of an hour or more, says Schneider.
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WildCat Energy emphasises that children under the age of 16 should not drink energy drinks at all. Once you are an adult and over 18 then you should be completely fine.
Please parents and children under 16 consider and read this information and understand clearly.
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