October 17, 2022 – Sales of energy drinks are on the rise, spurred by a host of new options being marketed as “healthier.” But experts continue to warn of the harmful effects of the high caffeine and sugar content of these drinks.
Consuming too much of the drinks can result in high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, anxiety, and insomnia, and the drinks are particularly dangerous for adolescents, said Frank Hu, Fredrick J. Stare Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology and chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in an October 4, 2022 Wall Street Journal article. He added that sugarless energy drinks aren’t necessarily any safer, because the long-term effects of artificial sweeteners aren’t known.
“The large increase in consumption over the past couple of years is really concerning,” Hu said.
Read The Wall Street Journal article: Why Everyone Is Suddenly Slamming Energy Drinks