Medical studies have suggested that the caffeine content in many energy drinks could be hazardous to many people including under-18s, pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding.

Furthermore,Energy drinks can cause heart problems according to research presented at ESC Congress 2014 by Professor Milou-Daniel Drici from France.

Professor Drici said: “So-called ‘energy drinks’ are popular during physical exercise, with people sometimes consuming a number of drinks one after the other. This situation can lead to a number of adverse conditions including angina, cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and even sudden death.”

He added: “Around 96% of these drinks contain caffeine, with a typical 0.25 litre can holding 2 espressos worth of caffeine. Caffeine is one of the most potent agonists of the ryanodine receptors and leads to a massive release of calcium within cardiac cells. This can cause arrhythmias, but also has effects on the heart’s abilities to contract and to use

In a similar study, The Higher Committee for Consumer Protection will discuss the issue of raising the age limit for consumption of energy drinks from 16 to 18.This comes following concern raised by medical studies that the health of youngsters might be at risk due to caffeine in energy drinks.

Dr Hashim Al Nuaimi, Director of Consumer Protection, said he will meet with agents and representatives of energy drinks producers for placement of the new standards.

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