Energy drinks are the neon-coloured fizzy drinks found in petrol stations, pharmacies, vending machines and supermarkets that have been known to be marketed towards children – but are they safe and healthy for their consumption?

According to experts, most of these drinks are packed with caffeine and sugar, as well as varying ingredients that include taurine, an organic acid, vitamins and herbs. They can be conveniently found in any mainstream store that provides cold drinks and with their flashy, colourful packaging, have been a top choice amongst children, teenagers and young adults.

Recent advances in government policy have suggested that the production and consumption of these drinks are in fact bad for children’s health and, as a result, should be banned for those under the age of 16. On top of this, the NHS have reported that the consumption of these drinks in young children has been associated with various potential health problems including: cardiovascular issues, possible effects of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and further effects on excessive calorie and sugar intake.

As a result, it can be suggested that parents avoid the caffeine filled drinks and instead turn towards a healthier beverage for their little ones. To find out more about this, visit:

NHS Potential Health Risks:
https://www.nhs.uk/news/food-and-diet/risks-of-energy-drinks-examined/

BBC Government Policy Changes:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45342682

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