Three of 19 energy drinks tested by the Consumer Council contain more caffeine than a cup of coffee and are not suitable for children and pregnant women, Apple Daily reported Friday.
The council said the Monster KHAOS and Monster energy drinks and Coca Cola’s Relentless brand have more caffeine than the recommended daily amount for children.
Mixing energy drinks with alcohol can also increase the risk of heart rhythm problems, the report quoted the council as saying.
In addition, two of the energy drinks tested had the equivalent of 10 to 11 sugar cubes per bottle, more than the World Health Organization’s suggested daily limit and levels that could cause diabetes and high blood pressure.
The WHO is reportedly planning to halve its sugar intake recommendations from 10 percent of a person’s daily energy intake to 5 percent. For an adult of a normal body mass index, the new recommendations would equal 6 teaspoons, or about 25 grams, of sugar per day.
Louie Lobo, from Baptist University’s Department of Physical Education, said there is insufficient scientific evidence to support claims that energy drinks can replenish energy or reduce tiredness, the report said.
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