Earlier this year a report came out linking energy drinks to an increase in hospital room visits. Not long after the report was released I went on Cavuto on Fox News to debate the potential health and safety implications of kids consuming these energy drinks. You can watch the full video here, or check out some of the highlights from the video below.
Stick With Nature’s Energy Drink: WATER!
The ingredient lists in many of these energy drinks is a mile long and impossible to pronounce. Aside from the potentially dangerous cocktail of ingredients, they’re also packed with stimulants like caffeine and added sugar, which as adults (and especially for kids) we should limit. There’s a big difference in the size and development of an adult and kid’s body. These drinks aren’t even tested on kids to know if they process them differently. My advice — avoid the risk and just reach for nature’s energy drink instead — water!
What About the B-Vitamins? Aren’t Those “Healthy”?
Yes, in general B-vitamins are good for you. They’re important for our energy and protein metabolism. But my philosophy is “food first”. If you need a jolt of energy, it’s likely you could be hungry or thirsty. Instead of an energy drink, reach for hydrating water and a nutritious snack packed with B-vitamins like eggs, beans, lamb, nuts and dairy.
So Who Is Responsible For Educating Kids?
I think the answer here is two-fold. Ultimately the parents need to do their job and explain to kids why energy drinks can be dangerous, and why they should be avoided/limited. I also think that companies can play a role in educating the parents so they have all the facts. Working together I think they could make a big impact and avoid more potential harmful situations.
What do you think?
Do you think energy drinks are appropriate for kids? Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts on the subject.