What are Energy Drinks Doing to my Kid?
What is in energy drinks?Today, energy drinks are offered in a range of varieties, using vitamin and mineral properties to promote the drink as a health supplement that is natural. Caffeine can come in ingredients like Guarana, which is common in many energy drinks. FamilyDoctor.org explains that energy drinks can include ingredients such as
- L-carnitine l-tartrate
- Yerba mate
- St. Jon's Wort
Read the labelsParents, teens, and adolescents alike might confuse energy drinks for traditional sports drinks due to packaging and claims on the fronts of labels. All parents and their children have to do is turn the bottle around to investigate the ingredients. Some sports drinks brands have capitalized on the energy drink trend by producing energy products, including drinks. Traditional sports drinks will not contain high levels of caffeine or memory-associated ingredients. Sports drinks are not designed to create and stimulate energy but to replenish lost minerals, vitamins, and electrolytes which become depleted. A sports drink will contain carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, trace minerals, and varying electrolytes in addition to sodium and forms of sugar.
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