Dr Oz: Are Energy Drinks Harmful For Kids?
The popularity and availability of energy drinks has increased immensely in recent years because they are a great way to get a super-charged burst of energy due to the high caffeine and sugar content in the beverage. Dr. Oz shared another thing that has increased, though, which are visits to emergency rooms because of those energy drinks. He says kids and young adults are the ones most affected by these high octane drinks that could be putting them at risk for health issues.
Dr Oz: Beat Sugar Addiction Now! For Kids
Deborah Kennedy, author of Beat Sugar Addiction Now! For Kids, says she is deeply concerned about energy drinks and the risks they pose to children. She told Dr. Oz first and foremost she is concerned about the high sugar content in the drinks, because while researching for her book last year she learned that children are consuming their weight in sugar every year. Deborah Kennedy’s next concern is the amount of caffeine in energy drinks because she says it is often even higher than the amount that is shown on the label and parents need to realize just what their kids are putting in their bodies. Lastly, she is concerned about all of the other ingredients in energy drinks, like ginseng which is a stimulant that has similar effects as “speed.”
Dr Oz: How Much Caffeine Is In Energy Drinks?
Dr. Oz shared the numbers from a popular energy drink that your kids might be drinking. In just one can the amount of caffeine is the equivalent to three cups of coffee and the sugar content is equal to seven teaspoons. Dr. Oz says the combination of caffeine, sugar and carbonation are all things that offer him great concern as a physician.
Dr Oz: Set Electronic Curfew For Kids
Dr. Oz is concerned about your kids consuming energy drinks so he has come up with a few guidelines to help you out. He believes it is very important that we as parents pay attention to what our kids are putting in their bodies.
Set an electronic curfew – Dr. Oz believes this is the most important rule to put in place for our kids. Deborah Kennedy explained that electronics are stimulants, just like caffeine, so setting a curfew is important to help calm your child’s brain before bedtime. She recommends stopping electronic usage one hour before bedtime, or as Dr. Oz explained nine hours before the time they wake up in the morning.
Dr Oz: Homemade Energy Drink Recipe
Deborah Kennedy says a wonderful way to give your kids a natural energy boost is by making your energy drink right at home!
- 1 cup baby kale
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 cup almond milk
- ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Pour and enjoy!