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Dangerous caffeine kick

Be careful about the energy drinks this summer. They contain large amounts of caffeine.

Symptoms of caffeine poisoning are headache, nausea, stomach cramps, restlessness, rapid heart rate and uneven heartbeat.

There are a number of energy drinks on the market. Many of these are drunk by young people in connection with a party because they have a glaring effect.

Now American experts go out and ask people to be careful about the intake of energy drinks.


– Before, we only got caffeine from coffee and coke, but now there are a lot of caffeinated drinks and we have to be careful because over 24 hours caffeine intake is cumulative, “said Dee Rollins, nutrition physiologist at Baylor Medical Center in the United States, asking people to have an overview of how much caffeine they get in during the day.

Energy drinks contain relatively high amounts of caffeine, sugar and most often also taurine and glucuronolactone, according to the Scientific Committee on Food Safety.

In Denmark, caffeine limits are set at 160 milliliters per liter. The energy red Bull contains twice as much and is regulated in the same category as drugs in Norway. Buying energy drinks abroad is often twice as high.

– If you get too much caffeine you can get overdose, which gives the same symptoms as flu, “says Rollins.

Early symptoms of caffeine poisoning are headache, nausea, stomach cramps, restlessness, fast heart rate and uneven heartbeat.

Do not mix with alcohol

Legal energy drinks like Battery contain 150 milligrams, the same as Cola. Three boxes Battery equals one and a half cup of coffee.

Many will respond to doses of over 400-500 milligrams per day. If you stick to it, energy drinks are harmless, but there are some important things to keep in mind:

* Do not drink energy drinks when exercising. It can lead to dehydration.

* Do not mix the energy drinks with alcohol. This is popular, but by doing it you mask how drunk you really are and it can again be extremely dehydrating.

* In addition to caffeine, these beverages have a high content of sugar, taurine and glucuronolactone, which can be dangerous to diabetics and those with high blood pressure.

Source: The Daily Light / Public Health Institute


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