Wellness - Nutrition | 6-18 yrs

Energy Drinks For Children: Good Or Bad?

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Taste is the essence of life. Human life, from childhood to old age, is driven with a motive to experience a taste that’s new and refreshing. But when it comes to our actual taste buds, this organic formula of gaining experiences seems to be losing out to the popular energy drinks.

Energy drinks can induce harmful effects like anxiety, headache, laziness, and increased blood pressure in children. It also needs to be known that energy drinks and sport drinks are different. However, both are harmful for children. Both of them contain stimulants which can have adverse side-effects on a child’s nervous system. Experts suggest that drinking plenty of water after engaging in sports can help for rehydration or replenishment of lost water. Sport drinks and energy drinks are for people doing vigorous physical activities as they help the body recover the lost nutrients, whereas in case of children, it is not needed. There are several healthy alternatives to energy drinks available for children like pure water, fresh fruit juice, tender coconut water and home-made soups that meet their body’s need without causing any side-effect.

According to an article titled Energy Drinks: Not Kids Stuff published in thedoctorwillseeyounow.com, “There is no reason at all for children and teens to consume energy drinks, according to the AAP report. These drinks, such as Monster Energy and Red Bull, typically contain stimulants including caffeine, guarana, taurine, ginseng, l-carnitine, creatinine and glucuronolactone. Their stated purpose is to enhance athletic performance, endurance and concentration. The dose of caffeine they deliver is both potentially dangerous and unnecessary for children and teens.” Hence, by making your children aware of the side-effects of these artificial drinks, you can save them from consuming extra sugar and caffeine and from being exposed to any danger to their health.

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