Over the past two years, energy drinks have made the transition from Natural Health Products to Foods under the watchful eye of Health Canada.
In June 2013, Health Canada released Energy Drinks: An Assessment of the Potential Health Risks in the Canadian Context confirming that energy drinks are safe when consumed appropriately.
Health Canada’s risk concluded that for adults “…two servings of a typical energy drink per day would not be expected to pose a health risk for the general adult population and for teens 12 -18 years of age the assessment also concluded “The caffeine content of one or two servings of a typical energy drink (80mg caffeine/serving) would be unlikely to pose an acute health hazard.”
Much of the confusion surrounding energy drinks comes centres on their caffeine content. Energy drinks in Canada are regulated as to how much caffeine they can contain – 400 mg of caffeine per litre of energy drink.
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You can find CBA’s summary of the findings here.