No energy drinks for children: Dutch discounters stop selling
In the Netherlands, some discounters will no longer sell energy drinks to children under the age of 14 from October 2018. The reason for this decision is growing concerns about the consequences of consuming these drinks. In the UK, discounters stopped selling to under-16s in March. Since 2014, a law in Lithuania has stipulated that energy drinks must not be given to minors.
At 32 milligrams per 100 milliliters, energy drinks have a significantly higher caffeine content than, for example, cola drinks. It also contains other substances such as taurine, inositol and glucuronolactone and often high amounts of sugar. For these reasons, such drinks are not recommended for children. Even if consumption is viewed critically, there is currently no age limit planned for the sale of energy drinks in Germany. However, the high caffeine content must be labeled by law.
If it is more than 150 mg per liter, the message »Increased caffeine content. Not recommended for children and pregnant or breastfeeding women «mandatory. The actual caffeine content (in mg / 100 ml) must also be on the label.
Caffeine increases the heart rate and stimulates the central nervous system. High doses can result in poor concentration and restlessness. For children, a single dose of a maximum of 3 mg caffeine per kg body weight is considered safe. For a 10-year-old who weighs around 30 kilograms, a 250 ml can of an energy drink a day would be critical. In addition, consumption appears to be a risk in connection with physical activity. Because of the high sugar content alone, energy drinks are not thirst quenchers. Heike Kreutz, respectively