Energy drinks, which promise to “boost” and stimulate attention, contain too much sugar, taurine and caffeine, points to CLCV. The consumers’ association asks the legislator to intervene.
The Consumption, Housing and Living Environment (CLCV) association has studied the composition of ten energy drinks which have been very successful on the shelves for several years. The result is clear: for eight of these products, the sugar content is extremely high. ” On average, they contain 8.4 g of sugar per 100 ml (excluding sugar-free drinks) and on average 6 additives », Explains the organization. CLCV also points to the presence of a large amount of taurine, caffeine and other stimulating substances: 23 mg of caffeine per 100 ml on average, this is the equivalent of three espressos for a can of 500 ml.
Sugar galore in energy drinks
Currently, little is known about the health effects. Nevertheless, there are cardiovascular and neurological symptoms associated with the consumption of these products. This is why CLCV asks the National Food Safety Agency (ANSES) to carry out a study to assess the level and conditions of consumption of these drinks (sometimes mixed with alcohol) on people with risk, as well as short and long term health effects. These drinks are not recommended for children and pregnant women.
The association recalls that the dose of caffeine considered safe for an adolescent is estimated at 150 mg per day for a person weighing 50 kg. It asks the legislator to set maximum amounts of caffeine and taurine in these drinks, as well as labeling ” much clearer and more readable »Advising against mixing with alcohol. CLCV also wants a marketing framework so that “ communication associating energy drinks with sport and festive events “.