Dr. Michael Dickinson

The question: My teenage son says all his friends are drinking “energy drinks” and he wants to try them too. Are there any risks with these products?

The answer: I find the term “energy drink” to be confusing as it means different things to different people. Not long ago, energy drinks were electrolyte containing sports beverages such as Gatorade or Powerade. Although these drinks are of questionable benefit and may contribute to weight gain and obesity, they are generally regarded to be safe for children when used in moderation.

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