Nurses Office

A Note from the Health Desk

What do you know about ENERGY DRINKS? Have you heard about “G Fuel”? I recently read an article, "Selling the Young on ‘Gaming Fuel’" after talking with Mr McKenzie about energy drinks and the fierce marketing techniques being used to target teens, especially “gamers” and “professional e-athletes”. Using phrases like “brain energy”, “healthy alternative”, “natural adderall” and “vitamin infused” these multi-billion dollar companies are appealing to our children and selling them on harmful products. I raise this issue because my hope is that you will talk with your children about the health risks and marketing that is targeting them!

Here’s just a few items you need to know per the National Institute of Health:

  • Large amounts of caffeine may cause serious heart and blood vessel problems such as heart rhythm disturbances and increases in heart rate and blood pressure. Caffeine also may harm children’s still-developing cardiovascular and nervous systems.

  • Caffeine use may also be associated with anxiety, sleep problems, digestive problems, and dehydration.

  • Guarana, commonly included in energy drinks, contains caffeine. Therefore, the addition of guarana increases

    the drink’s total caffeine content.

  • People who combine caffeinated drinks with alcohol may not be able to tell how intoxicated they are; they may

    feel less intoxicated than they would if they had not consumed caffeine, but their motor coordination and

    reaction time may be just as impaired.

  • Excessive energy drink consumption may disrupt teens’ sleep patterns and may be associated with increased

    risk-taking behavior.

  • A single 16-oz. container of an energy drink may contain 54 to 62 grams of added sugar; this exceeds the

    maximum amount of added sugars recommended for an entire day. 

In Wellness,     Nurse Gretchen

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