Are Energy Drinks Harmful for Kids? – Dr. Oz Homemade Energy Drink Recipe
With the rising popularity of energy drinks in the United States there has been an increasing debated about the safety of these drinks, especially for our children. Dr. Oz said with the increasing use of energy drinks there has also been an increase in emergency room visits from people who have consumed these highly caffeinated drinks. During this segment Dr. Oz talks about the potential dangers and how harmful energy drinks may be for our kids. Also be sure to check out the opening segment about the proposed Sugary Drink Ban in New York City.
Dr. Oz invited Deborah Kennedy on to the show (author of Beat Sugar Addiction Now! For Kids) to share her insight on this concerning issue that is affecting our children. Deborah Kennedy told Dr. Oz that she is highly concerned about the potential dangers of energy drinks and how they may be harming out kids. Deborah was shocked to learn while doing research for her book that our children are consuming their weight in sugar each year. She is even more concerned when it comes to energy drinks because she found out that the caffeine levels are often higher than what the labels on the bottle says. She also says that there are other ingredients that are in these energy drinks that have the same stimulating effects as speed.
To point out how much sugar is in energy drinks, Dr. Oz said that one particular energy drink contains 7 teaspoons of sugar and has us much caffeine as 3 cups of coffee. Not to mention other added stimulating ingredients like ginseng.
Dr Oz shared the scary amount of sugar and caffeine found in one of the most popular energy drinks. Would you believe one can contains seven teaspoons of sugar and the amount of caffeine equivalent to three cups of coffee? Are they safe for your kids? All of these ingredients in combination concerns Dr. Oz and is a big reason for the rise in emergency room visits all across the nation.
Homemade Energy Drink Recipe & Ingredients
Instead of resorting to unhealthy energy drinks, here is the homemade energy drink recipe that was shared on today’s Dr. Oz :
- 1 cup of baby kale
- 1 cup of frozen raspberries
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1/2 cup of vanilla greek yogurt
Set An Electronic Curfew
Deborah Kennedy said that electronics can act as stimulants for a child’s brain. She said it’s important to allow your child’s brain to wind down at least an hour before bed time. Dr. Oz chimed in by saying that you should set the electronic curfew at least 9 hours before they are supposed to wake up the next morning.