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Energy Drink Consumption Leads To Too Much Caffeine Intake By Children

December 30, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
About 20 percent of the children and adolescents in Denmark who drink energy beverages consume way too much caffeine, according to Danish scientists. Of adolescents aged 15 to 17 who drink cola or eat chocolate, as many as 33 percent take in too much caffeine. Energy drinks are sweetened soft drinks that contain 150 to 320 mg of caffeine per liter. Sales of such drinks have tripled in Denmark to about 11 million liters in 2013. Denmark’s National Food Institute recommends a maximum intake of 2.5 milligrams of caffeine per kg of body weight a day. People who drink too many energy drinks often experience insomnia, restlessness and heart palpitations.
Jeppe Matthiessen , "Many children, adolescents get too much caffeine from energy drinks", News release, study by National Food Institute (published in Danish), December 30, 2014, © National Food Institute
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