The food policy spokeswoman of the Green parliamentary group, Renate Künast, has called for a ban on the sale of energy drinks to under 16-Year-old: “the age restriction is the most effective means to protect children and young people face significant risks due to excessive energy drink consumption.”
The Künast told the “Handelsblatt”. “Under 16-Year-old, these Drinks should not be allowed to buy.” From experts point of view, the excessive consumption of energy drinks in children and adolescents may increase health risks. This is particularly relevant to the cardiovascular System, had informed the Federal Institute for risk assessment (BfR) in may after the evaluation of studies.
Accordingly, quantities of one litre and more in some of the young adults came to Consumer consequences, such as disturbing heart palpitations, shortness of breath, uncontrolled muscle tremors, severe Nausea and anxiety. Surveys have shown that among children and adolescents in Germany, one out of every Ten to be given opportunities to take energy drink in quantities of a Liter or more. Felix king/dpa Renate Künast (Alliance 90/The Greens), the former Federal Minister for food, agriculture and consumer protection
Federal government to downplay the health risks
In the “Handelsblatt” threw Künast of the German government to downplay the health hazards caused by energy drinks. “For every tenth of teenagers drink consumption to an increased health risk for the cardiovascular system due to high energy.” Instead of protecting age-restricted young people from these dangers, set Federal nutrition Minister Julia Klöckner (CDU) continue to research and warnings, said Künast.
In the BfR opinion, it was said, per 250-Milliliter can be included in energy drinks typically 80 milligrams of caffeine. The European food safety authority recommend that children and adolescents should not take daily for more than three milligrams of caffeine per kilogram of body weight to be.