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April 15, 2014

Energy Drinks : How Safe Are They?

In recent years, various kinds of energy drinks have flooded the market. With their colourful, hip logos and sugary taste, they soon became a big hit among young adults, teens and even children, with some now drinking these beverages several times a day. But are they really safe?

Caffeine, you’ve got a hold on me!

A stimulant by nature, caffeine can: 

  • boost concentration and alertness
  • stimulate the nervous system
  • cause feelings of euphoria

When consumed in large quantities, however, caffeine can have detrimental effects. It can cause both physical and psychological addiction, not to mention the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  •  Headaches
  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Shaking
  • Insomnia
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hot flashes
  • Stomach and digestion problems
According to a study by researchers at the University of Miami published in Pediatrics, energy drinks may result in cardiac and psychological problems in children. The study goes on to explain that the beverages can:  
  • increase the risk of heart problems (hypertension, arrhythmia, cardiac arrest);
  • augment symptoms of anorexia;
  • hinder calcium absorption and bone formation;
  • increase the risk of diabetes and dental problems.
Needless to say that, beyond their attractive packaging, energy drinks are far from harmless!

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