“As energy drinks are becoming more and more popular‚ it is important to study the effects of these drinks…and better determine what‚ if any‚ is a safe consumption pattern‚” Higgins said‚ after the findings.
A major review of the safety of energy drinks‚ released a year ago‚ found “serious health risks” associated with the colourful drinks‚ which are marketed to a young and active audience.
Dr Josiemer Mattei‚ from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health‚ said their evidence suggested energy drinks were “harmful to health and should be limited through more stringent regulation by restricting their sales to children and adolescents”‚ as well as restricting the amount of caffeine in them.
Some had as much as eight times more caffeine per ounce than regular coffee.
“They are often marketed as a healthy beverage that people can adopt to improve their energy‚ stamina‚ athletic performance and concentration‚ but our review shows there are important health consequences.
“Little is known about many of their non-nutritive stimulants such as guarana and taurine‚” said Mattei.