National Agency for Food and Drug Adminstration and Control
Some Important Facts about Energy Drinks:
Lets talk about energy drinks that have become common in our country today. They first appeared in our markets about 18 years ago with the Commando Bear Energy drink which was imported from Thailand. Some more followed soon after and currently about 100 have been granted marketing authorization by NAFDAC.
An energy drink is a soft drink containing high levels of substances such as caffeine, taurine, B complex vitamins, glucose, ginkgo, inositol and herbal extracts etc. Their compositions however differ according to brand and manufacturer.
SAFETY AND CONCERNS ON ENERGY DRINK
Energy drinks are marketed for their mental stimulant effect. The term energy drink is a misnomer, as most energy drinks do not provide energy as in calories. Studies show that calories levels vary from 8 for sugar free to 120 for drinks with added sugars.
The average soft drink contains 140 calories, this implies that energy drinks do not provide more energy in calories that the ordinary soft drink.
Individual responses to caffeine levels vary. Energy drinks stimulating properties can boost the heart rate and blood pressure sometimes to the point of palpitations and like other stimulants even prevent sleep.
They are safe for the majority of consumers when used in moderation ( with caffeine intake of less than 300mg/day). High caffeine in some energy drinks pose serious health concerns for some persons.
The new popularity of mixing energy drinks with alcohol is also worrisome to NAFDAC because the opposing stimulant depressing effects can lead consumers to believe they are less intoxicated while they are not.
NAFDAC has drafted regulations to compel the manufacturers of energy drinks to declare the caffeine content in these drinks. Recommended regulations are:
- Maximum limit for caffeine at 32mg/100ml
- Mandatory declaration of other composing nutrients
- Caution boldly inscribed on all drinks: NOT SUITABLE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN, CHILDREN AND PEOPLE SENSITIVE TO CAFFEINE.
NAFDAC is working for the promotion of natural ingredients in energy drinks that can actually lead to increased energy.
Energy drinks are safe on the whole if consumed moderately. Caffeine and sugar present in them are known to cause a variety of adverse health effects.
Now that you know people, be WISE!!!!
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