Energy drinks have 4 times more caffeine than Coca Cola

We at RRED talk to many people about energy drinks and their effect on children. Most people know instinctively that too much caffeine is not good for children. But how much is too much? Unfortunately there is virtually no research about energy drinks and children, but we are grateful to the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh for pointing out to us this research from the US website for doctors called Medscape on the effect of caffeine.

Caffeine is the most widely consumed stimulant in the world. It is present in many forms including tea, coffee, soft drinks and chocolate. The table below shows the amount of caffeine in several forms. An energy drink has almost four times as much caffeine per 100ml as a fizzy drink like coke. The demands of a stimulant on a child’s body are much greater than on an adult’s. It says on each can of energy drink NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN, PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING WOMEN. Why do shops sell them to children when the effects are unknown?

M&M Chocolate Candies (1 x 47.9g bag): 7
Coca-Cola Classic (12oz can): 35
Fiorinal/Fioricet (1 tablet): 40
Brewed black tea, generic (8oz): 45-74
Red Bull Regular (8.4oz can): 80
Brewed coffee, generic (8oz): 57
Midol (1 Gel Cap): 60
No Doz (1 tablet): 100
Regular 5-Hour Energy (2oz shot): 138
Rockstar (16oz can): 160
Monster Energy (16oz can): 160
Espresso, generic (1oz): 170
Vivarin (1 tablet): 200
NOS 16: 280
Starbucks Tall Americano (16oz): 330


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