Kids should be kept from energy drinks: foundation

JOHN TUNG WARNING: A foundation official said that long-term intake of caffeine, which is common in the products, can affect children’s intellectual development

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 10, 2019
By: Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

Children and adolescents should rest or drink water instead of energy drinks when they are tired, as

Energy drinks are displayed in a photograph provided by the John Tung Foundation yesterday.
Photo courtesy of the John Tung Foundation

long-term or excessive intake of energy drinks can have negative effects on intellectual development, the John Tung Foundation said yesterday.

The foundation published a survey conducted last month on energy drink consumption by those aged 13 to 22 that showed that about 60 percent of respondents have tried energy drinks, but 65 percent of them did not check their ingredients.

Common reasons for consuming energy drinks included for refreshment, to ease fatigue, for the taste, to replenish energy during or after exercise and to improve sports performance, the survey showed.

The foundation conducted another survey in July and last month that examined the ingredients of 24 energy drinks sold at convenience stores, supermarkets and hypermarkets.    [FULL  STORY]

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