Friday, December 02, 2011

Energy drinks + sports could equal danger


Robyn Norwood, USA Today, says some athletes are turning not to ‘roids or blood doping, but the legal booster Red Bull.

Meaning caffeine. Lots of caffeine.

I remember a big debate on coffee when I was in HS—when could kids drink it.

Now, docs have to write in PEDIATRICS that caffeine is bad for kids and adolescents and should not be chugged during sports or physical activity.

This stuff can whack our your heart. Or even cause seizures. Trips to the ER because a kid feels "funny" also cost.

Red Bull isn’t the only one, of course. There are dozens, some containing mysterious herbs, too.

Yes, they contain less caff than a cup of ‘Bucks.

The problem is cold drinks go down faster and kids drink more than one.

Come on, parents—look into this. It also doesn’t help that some athletes and NASCAR people endorse this stuff.

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