Saturday, June 2, 2012

Would you give a 2nd grader 3-4 cups of coffee?

Is it normal for businesses to sell these types of drinks to children of ALL ages? Is it time for parents to wake up? After learning that a local business sold these types of drinks to my young child, I became upset. At first at the business because they have children too and I can't imagine they allowed them to drink these power drinks. Then I became angry that these drinks aren't even regulated. Can you imagine sharing your next pot of coffee with your 8 yr old, these drinks are equivalent to the same amount of caffeine as 3-4 cups of coffee.. See the last posting from my blog> http://thehardtruths.blogspot.com/2012/06/monster-energy-drinks-sold-to-children.html

As a parent this alarms me, we teach our children what we believe to be right. Then a business feels they can offer children items that were meant for adults. Any business.. It's hard to believe these drinks have yet to be regulated, to keep them out of the hands of our young children. Letting them drink soft-drinks is one thing, but giving them large doses of caffeine is another.

http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-02-15/entertainment/28616081_1_energy-drinks-caffeine-report
"Energy drinks are under-studied, overused and can be dangerous for children and teens, warns a report by doctors who say kids shouldn't use the popular products.
The potential harms, caused mostly by too much caffeine or similar ingredients, include heart palpitations, seizures, strokes and even sudden death, the authors write in the medical journal Pediatrics."

We shouldn't penalize any business for selling a legal product, however these businesses need to respect parents and especially school sponsored trips. Giving these drinks to children is a dangerous thing, they dehydrate adults pretty easily so I can only imagine what happens with children. I hope people pay more attention to what businesses allow to be sold to our kids.

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