Could Ban on Energy Drinks Solve Health Issues?
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on February 04, 2013 @ 7:16PM
Created on February 04, 2013 @ 5:33PM
Several recent studies have suggested that energy drinks are tied to some health risks, like an abnormally fast heart beat or insomnia.
That's causing some places to consider a ban on those drinks. So, how much of a risk are they?
Just like with many caffeinated drinks, doctors suggest that adults drink them in moderation, but for kids, they suggest staying away from energy drinks all together.
The problem is the ingredients in the drinks can cause people's heart rates to go up. That can lead to more serious health problems.
In fact, emergency room visits linked to energy drinks have doubled in the past four years.
A few places around the country have banned the sale of the drinks to underage kids and in schools, but industry officials have said they believe drinking one or two isn't harmful.
Some doctors say they have a point. They're urging people to only have the drinks in moderation. They said if you do that, it's the same as drinking a few cups of coffee.
"Emergency room visits have doubled over the past four years because of the increase in consumption of energy drinks, especially in young teenagers and young children. Actually, they need to be avoided at that age," said Jim Severino, a registered dietician at Davis Memorial Hospital.
Again, doctors suggest only drinking energy drinks in moderation.
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