According to pediatricians energy drinks, which are nothing more than sweet tasting drinks containing caffeine and some herbal supplements, have no nutritional value. These same pediatricians are strongly recommending that these energy drinks should not be consumed by children and teenagers because the stimulant substances contained in these types of drinks have no place in their diet.
There are some distinctions between sports drinks and energy drinks that parents and pediatricians need to know such as the sports drinks contain electrolytes and minerals. Electrolytes are something that helps to replenish our bodies when we have been sweating a lot and need to replace the fluid they are loosing. They are especially right for young athletes, children that are out playing hard, or anyone that is exercising outdoors by jogging, running, or walking. They should be drank in moderation but nothing replaces a good cold glass of water.
In a review of energy drinks in February from the journal Pediatrics they pointed out some potential problems with children and teenagers consuming energy drinks. They looked at the caffeine content plus the herbal supplements and it was noted that some children had to be treated at poison control centers for consuming too many of these energy drinks.
Pediatrician are concerned about negative sign effects that may effect the health of children and teenagers such as causing high blood pressure, increased heart rate, and insomnia. In addition, children that suffer from ADD and ADHD could suffer seizures with the extra stimulants that energy drinks have.
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Doctors Say Children Should Never Have Energy Drinks
KPSP Local 2, on Tue, 31 May 2011 09:01:03 -0700
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Energy Drinks Have No Place in Kids’ Diets, AAP Says
MedPage Today, on Tue, 31 May 2011 08:57:13 -0700
By Crystal Phend, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today Kids shouldn’t have energy drinks at all and only need sports drinks occasionally, according to an American Academy of Pediatrics report. Caffeine and other stimulants contained in energy drinks …
Report: Energy, sports drinks can lead to childhood obesity
WTOP, on Tue, 31 May 2011 08:55:25 -0700
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