SACRAMENTO - Getting going at the start of the day can be a struggle and many people turn to energy drinks for that morning pick-me-up.
But the findings of a recent study may have people putting down their bubbly boosters for good.
The study, conducted by the Journal of Pediatrics, focused heavily on teenage consumption of energy drinks. Results of the study revealed a number of startling facts, including a recent spike in emergency room visits linked to energy drink consumption.
The study highlighted various ingredients in the drinks, notably sugar and caffeine, and their effects on the body.
For example, a 6.5-ounce cup of coffee has about 80 to 120 milligrams of caffeine. Compare that to a 16-ounce Red Bull which has 154 milligrams, and a 24-ounce WiredX505 which has 505 milligrams. Consumed regularly, caffeine in such high quantities has been linked linked to serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, premature death, and 'possibly sudden death', per the study.
Caffeine quantities in energy drinks are not currently regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Therefore, the caffeine levels in in many drinks are either not provided on the label, or in many cases, listed inaccurately, the study detailed.
In regards to the amount of sugar in energy drinks, an 8-ounce beverage can have anywhere from 21 to 34 grams. Boost seekers who consume two to three of these drinks per day are ingesting four to six times their maximum recommended daily allowance.
According to the Journal of Pediatrics study, 16 percent of teens "regularly" consumed energy drinks in 2003.
In 2008, that percentage more than doubled to 35 percent.