Energy drinks are heavily marketed to young people, promoting a boost in mental and physical energy and increased performance. This makes them sound appealing, even though they provide no actual health benefits. In fact, with high levels of stimulants and sugar, they do the exact opposite.
The stimulant effect of energy drinks comes from additives such as caffeine and guarana (a caffeine containing compound), sugars, B vitamins, tea extracts, taurine and ginseng – just to name a few. While some of these may be natural compounds, they cause an unnatural effect on the body to make us feel more awake and alert for a short period of time.
Caffeine can slow down brain development and also cause:
Faster heart rate
Increased body temperature
For teens especially, care should be taken to limit or avoid drinking energy drinks.
Selecting healthier drink options is highly recommended for teens; water should be the go-to drink of choice.
Water is free from the tap, rehydrates the body, helps to clean the mouth and contains fluoride which helps to protect our teeth.
[Source: Better Health Victoria; Positive Choices]