The first thing your teens want to do when they've finished school for the year is get out of the house and party all night! But after a full year of academic and sporting activities, they may not have as much stamina to stay out all night and they need a little “pick-me-up” in the form of an energy drink. Yes, they work; but what are they really doing to your developing teen's body?
Let’s have a look at the most popular energy drinks around and what’s in them.
To sum it up simply, without using those hard to pronounce words, energy drinks contain a lot of sugar, caffeine and many other substances which are stimulants. There are a few different types of stimulants, but they generally cause the heart to contract faster and gives your nervous system a wake up.
This doesn’t sound so bad, so why aren’t energy drinks healthy?
Just looking at the concentration of the substances in these energy drinks will give you an idea of why they could be hazardous to your health. The caffeine content in a small 200ml drink could be 3 times that in a normal cup of coffee or can of Coke.
In terms of sugar content, one small drink will contain an average of 30g of sugar. 6 teaspoons! In one drink.
Women should only have 25g of sugar and men 37.5g – PER DAY. Clearly one drink isn’t worth it!
Then there’s the stimulants.
Your heart beats faster, you experience heart palpitations, your blood pressure
rises and in severe cases you can have seizures, lapse into a coma and in even more severe cases there is sudden death.
Drinking energy drinks and exercising control
If you or your loved ones simply can’t stand to cut these sugary pops out of your life, drink them in moderation. Don’t substitute them for a delicious glass of water and make sure that you’re watching your sugar intake!
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