VIDEO: Excess energy drink consumption harms teenage brain growth: NGO

  • 12 September, 2019
  • Jake Chen
Excess energy drink consumption harms teenage brain growth: NGO. (CNA Photo)

Energy drinks are increasingly popular in Taiwan, especially among teenagers. Now, a local NGO is warning that excessive consumption of these drinks can have an impact on health.

More and more Taiwanese people are drinking energy drinks. Energy drinks are especially popular among teenagers, many of whom consume them on a regular basis.

In a new study by the health-focused NGO the John Tung Foundation, 60% of teenager respondents said that they drink energy drinks whenever they need a jolt of energy, while 40% said they drink energy drinks whenever they feel like it. 

Citing studies done by Health Canada, the foundation says that most teenagers shouldn’t consume more than 100 milligrams of caffeine per day. But a survey has found that four of the 24 energy drinks now on the market contain more caffeine than this in a single bottle. Meanwhile, other brands come close to this limit in a single bottle serving.

The foundation says that excessive caffeine intake could affect the growth of teenagers’ brains. It can also lead to restlessness and lack of focus among other detrimental effects. 

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