Obesity in a Bottle

Energy Drinks & Liquid Calories, Sugar, and Caffeine

Informative Facts

There is limited evidence that consumption of energy drinks can significantly improve physical and mental performance.

The caffeine content of a single serving of energy drink (8 to 12 fl oz) can range from 72 to 150 mg. However, many bottles contain 2-3 servings, raising the caffeine content to as high as 294 mg per bottle.

Many popular brands of energy drinks actually contain LESS sugar than an old-fashion cup of black coffee.

Caffeine overuse can trigger a fast heart rate, insomnia, anxiety and restlessness, and other side effects

The average American consumes over 20 teaspoons of sugar every day.

In 1900, the US consumed 5 lbs. of sugar per person. In 2000, the US consumed over 150 lbs, of sugar per person.

The world's consumption of sugar is growing faster than the world's population.

From 2007 to 2011, 20,000 people were sent to the ER due to caffeine overdoses and high amounts of sugar in the body, due to the consumption of energy drinks.

From 2009 to 2012, the deaths of 5 people have been linked to every drink consumption.

During the 2010/2011 sugar harvest in Brazil, Brazilians consumed over 10.4  million tons of sugar.

Opinion

I do not believe that energy drinks should be marketed towards children between the ages of 10-18, because of many reasons. One reason is that many of the visitors to the ER with high caffeine and sugar levels have been children between the ages of 10-18. Another reason is that energy drinks contain an astronomical amount of sugar and caffeine in them. If too much sugar is consumed by an undeveloped child, the effects could be traumatic.

Evan Lemons | 8ELADCC1

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