A study in the journal Pediatrics is raising the alarm about kids and energy drinks, saying kids and teens shouldn't drink them at all.
Do you let teenagers have energy drinks like Red Bull and Rockstar?
Chrystal Obi, a health fellow with NBC chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Synderman, weighs in with the following:
The dangers of energy drinks, particularly those with alcohol, have had their fair share of media attention. But what do we know about the safety of energy drinks that don’t require identification for purchase? While these drinks may be legal and safe for most healthy kids, new research underscores the importance of reading labels.
Today, energy drinks are the fastest growing US beverage market and with half of the consumers being children, adolescents and young adults, scientists are looking to understand the health effects of these highly caffeinated beverages. Popular drinks like Red Bull, Rockstar, Monster and Full Throttle have been associated with serious adverse effects including caffeine overdose, cardiac events and obesity. Researchers from the University of Miami are examining the current medical literature to help parents understand how energy drinks may be impacting our kids. In the end, it is important to remember that a caffeine rush is not the same thing as “energy.”
Some energy drinks contain four times more caffeine than soda, and according to one teen who suffered seizures after downing two large energy drinks, some teens are consuming up four or more energy drinks a day.
The report in Pediatrics says energy drinks should be regulated just like alcohol and tobacco. What do you think? Do you let your teens have energy drinks?