from Frontiers in Public Health
The energy drink industry has grown dramatically in the last several decades—now nearly ten billion dollars a year in sales—often marketed as a healthy beverage to improve stamina, concentration and athletic performance. However, a review from Harvard’s School of Public Health finds those advertised benefits can be outweighed by serious health risks. They suggest energy drinks could result in heart, kidney and dental problems along with risks for poor mental health. Some energy drinks contain large doses of caffeine—many times more than a regular cup of coffee. The authors of the review in Frontiers in Public Health recommend restricted sales of energy drinks to children and teens, along with setting limits on caffeine content.