Energy Drinks and Children
Between 2010 & 2013, over 5000 cases of overdose to energy drink contents were reported to the Poison Control Center Of those, almost half were children less than 15 years o age.
The American Heart Association reported that there is an increase in heart problems in young adults due to the increased intake of energy drinks
Energy drinks, in general, contain from 70 to 200mg of caffeine, derived from a number of additives. These beverages carry no less than 60 grams of sugar. The host of additional additives vary, from brand to brand, but the amount of these two items is a deadly mix for a growing heart.
Calcium, a necessary element for the electrical system of the heart, is pulled from the heart cells, potentially causing ‘short circuits’. Other electrolytes are reduced, further causing the proper operation of the body in general and the heart specifically.
Three energy drinks in a four-hour period can cause a heart attack in a healthy adult. Imagine what one container will do to a very small, growing heart.
Moderation is a vital key when taking any of these drinks. Nonetheless, they are not meant for children. Please be careful and keep energy drinks away from them. Keep children safe. Keep them alive.