I hope you have all had a fun and healthy festive season. In this months newsletter I want to address the recently highlighted concerns about energy drinks.
There has been lots of questions over the health implications of these drinks for years but finally these concerns are being brought into the wider media. The recent debate has been around the safety of these drinks for our children as not only do they contain vast amounts of sugar, which alone is a major health concern but to add insult to injury they are also packed with caffeine.
Some officials are even fearing that these kinds of drinks could be as dangerous as certain types of drugs, which is a concern for everyone that regulary consumes them.
Unfortunately like most unhealthy foods and drinks they are very popular with adults and children a like and as a result great big profits for the soft drinks industries, which mean a call for bans and restrictions will be heavy contested. Although this should not be an excuse to prevent our government stepping in.
In fact a team of german researchers from the university of bonn in Germany conducted a study on energy drinks and found that after drinking these drinks the participants heart contractions were more forceful for upto and hour afterwards.
One of the researchers Dr Jonas Donner said: “Until now, we haven’t known exactly what effect these energy drinks have on the function of the heart.”
“There are many side effects known to be associated with a high intake of caffeine, including rapid heart rate, palpitations, rise in blood pressure and in the most severe cases, seizures or sudden death.”
The advise that has come out of this research is that children and people with an irregular heartbeat should avoid these drinks.
This is yet another glowing example of why manmade substances should be massively reduced in our diets. I feel that it is time that soft drinks in general have legal age limits put on them, along with health warnings much like those on cigarette packets. We are now at the beginning of a very long and tricky road that will hopefully start bring humans closer to their natural diets and pushing manmade foods that are created for profit further into obscurity.