According to a new survey by campaign and research group, Action on Sugar, children and adolescents should be aware of the excessive levels of added sugars in ‘energy’ drinks.
The survey looked at the nutritional labels of 197 energy drinks and found that many contained the equivalent of a massive 9 teaspoons of sugar per 330ml can. The group says there is no reason the amount of sugar in energy drinks could not be reduced as there are similar products on the market that don’t contain as much.
Graham MacGregor, professor of cardiovascular medicine at Queen Mary University of London and chairman of Action on Sugar, believes kids are being tricked into thinking that by drinking this stuff they will perform better, either at school, during sports, or even on a night out.
He continues, “In reality all they are doing is increasing their risk of developing obesity or type 2 diabetes which will have lifelong implications on their health.”