Caffeine is a substance naturally present in over 60 different plants, including coffee, kola nut, guarana and yerba maté. It is most commonly consumed in coffee and tea, but it is also found in energy drinks. ANSES recommends that consumers use moderation with regard to caffeine - especially children, pregnant women and individuals who are either sensitive to its effects or who suffer from certain pathologies.
Keywords : Caffeine
In the context of its assessment of the risks of consuming "so-called energy drinks", ANSES has closely examined the role of caffeine in the reports of adverse effects that it has received. Coffee is the main source of caffeine for adults, but so-called energy drinks are a new source of caffeine for children and adolescents. According to consumption data from the study published by EFSA in 2013, these beverages represent up to 15% of the caffeine intake of French children. In view of the results of these studies, ANSES recommends that consumers – especially children, pregnant women and individuals who are susceptible to its effects or who suffer from certain pathologies – use moderation with regard to caffeine.
The term “energy drink” refers to beverages meant to “boost energy” by stimulating the nervous system, which usually contain ingredients that are supposed to be “energising” such as taurine, caffeine, guarana, ginseng, vitamins, etc. Since 2001, the Agency has received various formal requests to assess the safety and nutritional value of these beverages. Since 2011, ANSES has also been monitoring adverse effects suspected of being linked to the consumption of these products, within the framework of its nutritional vigilance scheme. Details of the Agency’s work and recommendations are given below
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