I saw a kid the other day downing one of those energy drinks. I told him that he should not be drinking those things. I gave him all the reasons why. I even pointed to the small print that read, “This product is not for children.”
The boy shrugged his shoulders and said, “I drink them all the time.” I tried to tell him what these products actually do to the body. I referred him to the label and all the things that it said. I think what I said went in one ear and right out the other. And why should he listen to me?
There are about a dozen or so choices in the local store and these products are marketed in such a way that they look cool. If I didn’t know better, I might be tempted to try one. But I do know better.
Who needs an energy drink anyway? Maybe people who run marathons or ironmans. Not a regular kid who is hanging out after school. By the way, this kid goes to my school so I was hoping our discussion might actually get him thinking, but I think his brain had been turned off for the evening.
And this isn’t the only time I have seen school-age kids consuming these drinks. I think that these energy drinks should be no different than cigarettes. Stores should not be allowed to sell them to kids. I don’t think they should be sold at all. And yet they seem to have taken hold in our culture.
I see kids and adults drinking these things all the time. I have also seen adults mixing these drinks with alcohol. Alcohol is a depressant and those drinks are stimulants. That combination does really weird things to your heart.
I don’t know how these companies can manufacture products that they must know are not healthy. I don’t know why we let them advertise and make these things appealing to kids. I don’t know why we sell them.
Energy doesn’t come in a can. It comes from a healthy lifestyle. Make healthy food choices and get a good amount of exercise. This is the key to having energy. It works for me.