The so-called energy drinks contain excessive and worryingly high levels of added sugars.
A recent study showed that some contain up to 20 teaspoons of sugar per 500ml can, which is more than three times the recommended maximum adult daily intake of free sugars (25g), which increase the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and dental problems.
Action on Sugar examined 197 energy drinks on the market and discovered that 78% would be red flagged for sugars per serving, while just over half contain the same amount or more sugars than Coca Cola per 100ml. which is the same as nine teaspoons of sugar per 330ml can.
Experts insist that the body generates energy from all types of food, from fruits, vegetables, breads, pasta and rice and that there is no need for added sugars whatsoever. They are especially concerned about how these drinks affect health of children and adolescents.