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Children and teens should avoid energy drinks

1st June 2011

New research has suggested that children should avoid energy drinks because of high levels of caffeine.

A clinical report of the ingredients of sports and energy drinks and a review of previous research into their effects on children, combined with expert opinion, has led researchers to make recommendations about the suitability of these drinks for children and teenagers. They say that sports drinks are unnecessary for children and adolescents doing average amounts of physical activity because of their high caffeine content.

The Food Standards Agency recommends children should only "consume in moderation” drinks with high levels of caffeine.

 

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