Do You Let Your Kids Have Energy Drinks?

Filed under: In The News, Nutrition: Big Kids, Nutrition: Tweens, Nutrition: Teens, Nutrition: Health

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If your kid chugs energy drinks, he could be getting twice the caffeine of soda. Credit: Getty Images

Energy drinks like Red Bull are very popular with adults, and perhaps even more popular with teens -- an upcoming article in the journal Pediatrics found that, "According to self-report surveys, energy drinks are consumed by 30 percent to 50 percent of adolescents and young adults." That's the sort of statistic that should make your eyes pop open even without an extra cup of coffee.

According to published reports, some energy drinks have as much or more caffeine than coffee or soda. The Mayo Clinic website has a list of the caffeine content of various beverages. For example, a 12 oz. can of Diet Coke has 47 milligrams of caffeine, whereas a 16 oz. can of Monster Energy contains 160 milligrams, according to the site.

Do you let your children have energy drinks?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.