"Further, the review misinterprets the data from a 2007 study by the American Association of Poison Control Centers, which reported more than 5400 caffeine cases from pharmaceutical exposures, not exposure to caffeine from foods or beverages."
"It is shocking," Lipshultz says.
In its statement, the American Beverage Association also took issue with the reports of caffeinated overdoses reported to poison control centers, saying that the researchers had mischaracterized the data.
"What we do know is that caffeine is one of the most thoroughly tested ingredients in the food supply today. Food and Drug Administration, as well as more than 140 countries around the world," the statement says. "Many of our member companies voluntarily list the amount of caffeine on their products' labels and have provided caffeine content information through their websites and consumer hotlines for years."
Beverage Industry Responds"When it comes to caffeine, it's important to put the facts in perspective. Most mainstream energy drinks actually contain about half the caffeine of a similar size cup of coffeehouse coffee. In fact, young adults getting coffee from popular coffeehouses are getting about twice as much caffeine as they would from a similar size energy drink," says Maureen Storey, PhD, senior vice president of science policy for the American Beverage Association, in a news release.
It's impossible to know, however, how many of those might have been related to energy drinks because they were not tracked as a separate category in Under Armour Shoes Amazon
the years covered by the review.
"As indicated in the paper by Seifert et al., the category caffeine refers to a broad category of caffeine containing products. The category includes Under Armour Micro G Sting approximately 300 products ranging from coffee to caffeine tablets and various diet aids. At the time of these reports, caffeine containing energy drinks in the products database were also included in this category," says Alvin C. Bronstein, MD, acting director of toxicosurveillance for the AAPCC and the medical director for the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center.
The special article, which is published online in the journal Pediatrics, sounds the alarm about the increasing number of health problems tied to caffeine use in youngsters. It calls for more caution with the popular beverages, which are often sold in brightly colored cans with bold graphics and frenetic sounding names that may be particularly attractive to tweens and teens.
Caffeine Overdoses in KidsThe researchers report that in 2008 there were more than twice as many cases of caffeine toxicity reported to the nation's poison centers each year in children as there are in adults.
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generally deemed safe.
"Part of that may be that their livers are not used to caffeine consumption regularly. So the first time that kid buys an energy drink that contains 300 milligrams of caffeine and drinks it, he's not like his mom or dad and sits down and has a cup and a half of coffee each morning. He's never been presented with that chemical Under Armour Shoes Stephen Curry Price Philippines
But a spokesman for the American Beverage Association disagrees with the report, noting that caffeine has been well tested and is Under Armour Curry 3 Cny
But other countries, including New Zealand and Germany, have documented increasing tween and teen consumption of energy drinks, sometimes with ill effects.
What's more, researchers say, parents may equate energy drinks to soda or sports drinks, when, in reality, they are very different.
"It's become kind of acceptable," O'Brien says. "You wouldn't put an espresso machine in a middle school cafeteria. Nobody in their right mind would do that. Everyone would be up in arms, and yet they think nothing of putting these products in the vending machines."
Energy drinks, on the other hand, are regulated as dietary supplements, a designation that means there are no limits on how much caffeine they can contain. Some are packed with as much as 500 milligrams per serving.
Reported outcomes linked to the consumption of energy drinks in Germany, for example, have included liver damage, kidney failure, respiratory disorders, agitation, seizures, psychotic conditions, high blood pressure, heart failure, and disruptions of heart rhythms, among others, according to the review.
Report Finds Energy Drinks Risky for Kids
Feb. 14, 2011 A new research review finds that kids are big consumers of caffeinated energy drinks, and experts say the beverages may be giving young users unsafe amounts of stimulants.
Under FDA rules, soda can't contain more than 71 milligrams of caffeine in every 12 ounces.
"I really wouldn't have expected the number of calls that reported caffeine toxicity in children less than age 6," says study researcher Steven E. Lipshultz, MD, who is chair of the department of pediatrics at the University of Miami School of Medicine. poison control centers each year in children younger than age 6 from 2006 through 2008. in 2007 occurred in children younger than 19.
before, and it's a drug," says O'Brien, who has studied the health risks of energy drinks to kids but was not involved in the current review.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), for its part, says the researchers got it right.
According to the review, 30% to 50% of adolescents and young adults report using energy drinks, and consumers younger than age 26 represent half of the rapidly growing $9 billion market for these beverages in the U. S. These beverages can contain three to five times as much caffeine as an 8 ounce serving of soda.
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