This is a fact that all parents should know: “Energy drinks have no health benefits for children, and the medical community strongly discourages their consumption by children.”
Journalists Plus: The consumption of energy drinks is increasing in society every day, and those who love these drinks believe that consuming this substance increases their mental alertness, but at the same time, many of them do not know that energy drinks can cause heart problems. The bad news is that power generators have become a so-called “trend” among Iranian kids and teens these days, and their popularity is increasing among children.
You must have noticed that many stores, whose products focus on packaged and labeled gifts, put a can of energy drink on their gift boxes, which shows the demand for this product in the market; A popular product now in the 80’s.
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Energy drinks, which have entered the market in attractive packaging since the 1990s, are among the most popular today. Even some of the world’s most professional athletes advertise these drinks; Like George Hamilton, the famous “Formula One” driver who worked with the “Monster” company.
An energy drink that contains stimulants such as caffeine, taurine (an amino acid, a proprotein) and various substances such as carbohydrates (sugars), vitamins, minerals, flavors, fruit juice and glucuronolactone (a natural substance that breaks down in the body to create the simple sugar glucose).
Usually, the consumer gets a lot of energy after consuming these soft drinks. Because a can of energy drink usually contains 80 mg of caffeine, but it should be noted that these drinks are not only full of caffeine; They also contain sugar and artificial sweeteners. Some researchers even say that energy drinks contain some irritants. These stimuli are very different. From Guarana, which is used to reduce fatigue and increase alertness, to Ginseng, which is used to improve performance and reduce stress. It is also claimed that not all of these materials have been thoroughly tested yet. According to the World Health Organization report, these drinks can endanger the health of society.
What are the side effects of energy drinks?
Like other foods, energy drinks should not be overconsumed. Exaggeration and exaggeration are usually used in advertising such products and these soft drinks will certainly not give you wings to fly. The side effects of excessive consumption of these drinks are not few; For example:
– The addictive ingredients of these products include caffeine and guarana, which can cause physical dependence with long-term use, and deprivation of which causes headaches; Of course, addiction to energy drinks is primarily psychological.
Frequent consumption of energy drinks causes diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, heart pain, increased intestinal gas and insomnia.
Disturbance in the body’s electrolytes, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, increased heart rate (even palpitations), dehydration and insomnia can have short-term effects.
Energy drinks have all the disadvantages of soft drinks.
Stimulants in energy drinks increase blood pressure and heart rate. As a result, its consumption during intense and heavy sports activities that increase the blood pressure and heart rate of an athlete is dangerous and may cause cardiovascular complications, including various types of arrhythmias, sudden cardiac arrest, and cardiac and cerebrovascular strokes.
– The high percentage of carbohydrates and sugars in the composition of energy drinks is harmful to the health of the mouth and gums, and if oral and dental health is not observed, this may lead to tooth decay.
What countries have banned energy consumption?
In many countries, these soft drinks are prohibited from being consumed or sold with warning labels. Saudi Arabia has banned any kind of advertising for energy drinks and selling them in public, governmental, educational, health and sports centers. Alcoholic energy drinks are also prohibited from being sold in America; Because adding caffeine to alcoholic beverages is dangerous and impairs one’s judgment.
Are energy drinks useful for children and adolescents?
When using these drinks, the dose or maximum consumption is very important along with the age group. These soft drinks have different effects on the body due to caffeine and stimulant substances, and a large amount of substances such as caffeine cannot be transferred to the body of an immature child. Therefore, these soft drinks are not recommended at all for children; Because there is a risk of developing high blood pressure, arrhythmias and other such complications.
After children, teens are the second age group with the most anxiety about them, who make up the 13- to 18-year-old age group. In general, energy drinks are not recommended for those under the age of 18, but the amount of consumption of these drinks should be calculated during adolescence, and the maximum amount of caffeine allowed for those under the age of 18 should be lower. From 113 mg per day. Not noticing this problem can lead to sleep disturbance.
Now, energy drinks are becoming a trend among the eighties, who should consume this food with more caution or under the supervision and knowledge of their parents.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report, there is misuse of these types of products in the pediatric age group. “Sports drinks are often confused with energy drinks, and teens don’t know the difference,” says an AAP panelist. Some children drink energy drinks that are high in caffeine. “This means that they are getting a lot of caffeine and other stimulants that are dangerous for them.”
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