SACRAMENTO-Getting going at the start of the day can be a struggle andmanypeople turn to energy drinks for thatmorning pick-me-up.
But the findings of a recent study may have people putting down their bubbly boostersfor good.
The study, conducted by the Journal ofPediatrics, focused heavily on teenage consumption of energy drinks. Results of the study revealed a number ofstartling facts, including a recent spike in emergency room visits linked to energy drink consumption.
The study highlightedvarious ingredientsin the drinks, notably sugar and caffeine, and their effects on the body.
For example, a 6.5-ounce cup of coffeehas about 80 to 120 milligrams of caffeine. Compare that to a 16-ounceRed Bullwhich has 154 milligrams, and a 24-ounce WiredX505 which has 505 milligrams. Consumed regularly,caffeine in such high quantitieshas been linkedlinked 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,listedinaccurately, 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 whoconsumetwotothree of these drinks per day are ingestingfour tosix times their maximum recommended daily allowance.
According to the Journal of Pediatrics study, 16 percent of teens "regularly" consumed energy drinksin 2003.
In 2008, that percentage more than doubled to35 percent.