Does your teen enjoy an energy drink now and again? If so, it could be time to find some energy-boosting alternatives.
A recent study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 64th Annual Scientific Session looked at the effects of energy drinks on young adults and cardiovascular risks.
The study compared resting heart rates and blood pressure among young adults who regularly consume less than 160 mg of caffeine daily, and the participants who were regular caffeine users.
Blood pressure and heart rates were recorded before and after consumption of the energy drinks. Half of the group were given a placebo drink instead of the energy drink. The results were not surprising: those who drank the energy drinks experienced an increased level of blood pressure, compared to the participants who were given the placebo drinks.
The warning from the researchers is that consuming energy drinks has been linked to an increase in the resting blood pressure in young people who do not drink caffeinated beverages on a regular basis. This can increase the risk of developing cardiac problems.
In my opinion, the same effect happens with drinks that contain more than 160mg of caffeine. Check out this list of caffeinated drinks and their total amount of caffeine...
Why single out only energy drinks as a risk factor? Common sense should prevail that any stimulant will have these potential effects on the body: increased heart rate and blood pressure.
|Starbucks Coffee||194 grams|
|Red Bull Energy Drink||120 grams|
|Mountain Dew||55 grams||
*The caffeine counts in the above drinks are for a 12 ounce serving.