Curious About Potential Dangers Of Energy Drinks

By Kate Merrill, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – They promise to pick you up and power you through your day. It’s no wonder that sales of energy drinks are booming.

But, Jack from Chatham Declared his Curiosity, asking:

“Seems to me they would be dangerous to one’s health and should be regulated. Are they dangerous?”

There’s a ton of them on the market, usually packing a lot of caffeine. Too much of that could hurt, according to dietitian Joan Salge Blake.

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“Especially for children and adolescents where the caffeine could really have some bad symptoms,” she said.

Salge Blake said that even drinks with low caffeine should be used cautiously. After all, there’s something in there to give you a jolt.

“There’s a plant called guarana and it has naturally occurring caffeine, so it’s those kinds of ingredients which can still provide the stimulus that are the problem,” she said.

You should also factor in other sources of caffeine that you may drink each day like coffee or colas because it all adds up.

Of course, many people use the drinks without difficulty, but Salge Blake said it pays to be careful. Her best advice: “If you want energy, eat good food.”

Energy drinks are considered supplements, so they’re not regulated by the food and drug administration.

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  • emom

    I have seen so many that drink these drinks and well look like they are high,,,On top of that how many have issues sleeping, its not a wonder when you consume such high amounts of caffiene to get going, it last in your system for hours and well if you have one or two then coffee or sodas in the afternoon, well be prepared for a sleepless night.. So which brings you to that energy drink the next day to gain some much needed energy,, then it starts all over again in the afternoon,, I learned the hard way with only coffee,, to much late in the afternoon keeps you up in the middle of the night,,,, and lack of sleep makes you not think to well… Why do kids even need theese things. why dont parents stop them from drinking them,,,, its way to common to see teens and tweens drinking these things after school.. so not good for them….

  • Christopher Desmond

    I swear Four Loko was banned and I am still seeing it sold in convenience stores

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