NHS recommendations on energy drinks:

Many people turn to energy drinks such as Red Bull and Lucozade Energy for a quick boost.

Energy drinks are loaded with sugar and caffeine (sometimes more than twice the caffeine in a can of cola) so they’ll certainly give you a temporary energy jolt. But the boost is short-lived and may be accompanied by other problems.

The caffeine in energy drinks can make you feel irritable and restless. It can increase your blood pressure while the sugar can contribute to weight gain, especially if you don’t exercise regularly.

So what does work?

Plain water is a better choice than an energy drink. For a quick surge of energy, snack on fruit such as a banana.

Remember to tune in to BBC One at 8:00pm for ‘The Truth About Sports Products.’

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