More Doctors Agree: Energy Drinks Dangerous to Youth

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The American Medical Association, representing over 200,000 physicians, is considering support of a ban of sales and advertising of energy drink to kids and teens under the age of 18. This is not alcohol and certainly not cigarettes, so why are these doctors getting all worked up?

The answer is simple. Energy drinks have led to many incidents of emergency room admittances for kids with caffeine poisoning:

“Studies have shown that high ‘stimulant’ drinks contain excessive amounts of caffeine with one can having the equivalent of up to 50 cups of coffee. Excessive caffeine can cause adverse effects such as dizziness, insomnia, agitation, restlessness, anxiety, GI disturbances, myocardial infarction and death.”

The AMA has no lawmaking or regulatory power, but the organization does hold sway in Washington DC. Don’t expect the beverage industry to allow any changes. A most lucrative segment for them is the teen 14-18.

Once again, it’s up to parents to protect their kids from predatory marketing tactics. Good morning America…

 

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  • transparency is what we need

    The scary problem consumers
    Face Are marketing techniques designed to conceal the hidden truths about what is in our food and beverages. They shower us in bright colors and catchy over stimulating commercials and make sure to hide ingredients under names we can’t even decipher. Or make false claims to health and many people don’t question it. Remindse of the commercial that says everything on the internet is true so the gal goes out with the ” French model” she met on the internet. We just believe too much of what they spoon feed us without question or verification. Whole foods people. We need more whole foods. Kids never have a need for soda or energy drinks.

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