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Energy drinks – or sports drinks – should not be consumed by children and young people
16 Dec 2013

Energy drinks have health risks for children and young people mainly because of the stimulant content in the drinks – caffeine and guarana.

"There is a lot of confusion about sports drinks and energy drinks, and adolescents are often unaware of the differences in these products," said Marcie Beth Schneider, MD, FAAP, a member of the AAP Committee on Nutrition and coauthor of the report, in a news release. "Some kids are drinking energy drinks — containing large amounts of caffeine — when their goal is simply to rehydrate after exercise. This means they are ingesting large amounts of caffeine and other stimulants, which can be dangerous."

Recommendations are that energy drinks should never be consumed by children or young people, although they are being marketed to this age group for a wide variety of inappropriate uses.

References:

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics. 'Clinical Report - Sports Drinks and Energy Drinks for Children and Adolescents: Are They Appropriate?' Committee on Nutrition and the Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness, Pediatrics, 2011:127:1182-118
  • Naren Gunja and Jared A Brown ‘Energy drinks: health risks and toxicity’, Medical Journal of Australia, 2012: 196(1): 46-49 
    https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2012/196/1/energy-drinks-health-risks-and-toxicity

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