Are energy drinks safe for children?

JJ Virgin
Health Education
No. Many are loaded with sugar, artificial sweeteners, and even potentially harmful ingredients. For most kids, filtered water works best. You might want to steep some fresh orange or lemon to provide it a little flavor. For kids who engage in more rigorous exercise, a no-sugar-added electrolyte formula or coconut water can replenish electrolytes.
Deb Kennedy, PhD
Nutrition & Dietetics

Energy drinks are not appropriate for children, due to the high levels of caffeine that most of these drinks contain. In this video, pediatric nutritionist Deb Kennedy, PhD, explains why the caffeine in energy drinks can be harmful to growing kids.

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