Energy drinks

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Energy drinks are soft drinks that contain carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, caffeine and other active ingredients, including taurine, glucuronolactone and creatine.

  • Remember that depending on the amount and composition of active ingredients, energy drinks may have different effects on your body. In some countries vendors  have restricted selling energy drinks to children. The Consumer Protection Board supports a similar initiative from Estonian vendors.
  • Energy drinks should not be confused with sports drinks. Energy drinks contain caffeine, which facilitates the elimination of the water, and elevates blood pressure. Sports drinks contain carbohydrates as energy sources and electrolytes to replenish the minerals that have been lost by sweating.

Estonian School Sport Union introduces the basics of healthy eating to youngsters and explains what energy drinks contain. Watch the video.

The Consumer Protection Board has advised vendors not to depict children, characters of children’s literature or TV-shows, or cartoons that would appeal to children, in advertisements of energy drinks, as those could attract excessive interest towards energy drinks from children.  Similarly, it is not advisable to sell energy drinks in establishments for children or cafeterias and cafes.

Energy drinks are required to have the marking “high caffeine level” if the drink in question contains more than 150 millilitres of caffeine per milligram. The packaging of such an energy drink should also have clear information about how many milligrams of caffeine is included in 100 millilitres of the drink.

As of December 13, 2014, energy drinks are required to have the marking “Not recommended for children, pregnant or breast-feeding women”.