High On Caffeine: Regulating Energy Drinks By Tan-Li Hsu Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… The key ingredient in the Thai energy drink was taurine, an amino acid that was first discovered in bulls. Red Bull was introduced to Europe in 1987 and to the United States in 1997.
The ingredients in energy drinks and why they are there:
Caffeine: Caffeine (and also sugar) are the main ingredients in energy drinks that give you the feeling of more energy. The amount of caffeine in most 250 ml sized cans of energy drinks is 80 mg, which is less than a typical cup of coffee. Health Canada says that most healthy adults can safely consume up to 400 mg of caffeine in a day.
However, the amount of caffeine in energy drink is more than what is recommended for children. Health Canada says that children under 12 years of age should have much less than 85 mg of caffeine a day. What this means is that one energy drink can easily put children over their caffeine limits.
Too much caffeine can cause irritability, nervousness and sleeping problems. It is not recommended that children and young teenagers use energy drinks.
Sugar: Sugar (like caffeine) also provides you

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