Energy drinks could poison young children: doctor

Energy Drinks Could Poison Young Children: Doctor
Energy Drinks Could Poison Young Children: Doctor

New data suggests a major threat to children's lives comes in a can.

A professor at Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit says popular energy drinks can actually poison young children. Data from U.S. poison control centers shows half of all calls about energy drinks involve children younger than 6-years-old.

In the past three years, more than 2,000 children ages 6 and under were taken to U.S. hospitals suffering from serious cardiac symptom or seizures after consuming the drinks. An unpublished study claims energy drinks can contain up to three times more caffeine than coffee or soda...But it's not just children who should avoid them.

The researchers found healthy adults showed a significant increase in heart contraction rates after consuming high-caffeine, high-taurine energy drinks. The results indicated an increase in activity in
the left ventricle of the heart, which helps pump blood to the rest of the body.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported the number of emergency room visits linked to energy drinks nearly doubled from 2007 to 2011.

Certainly not something a child should experience.

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