Healthcare practitioners in UAE call for a tougher stance on sale of health drinks

Healthcare practitioners in UAE call for a tougher stance on sale of health drinks

In the wake of a decision made in the U.K. that advocated a ban on the sale of energy drinks to young people, doctors in the UAE have also joined the chorus to establish strict measures that will discourage the consumption of health drinks among young people. The UAE had earlier levied a 100 per cent VAT on energy drinks last year.

Some places in the UAE like the Sharjah Municipality have also stopped selling energy drinks to young people under the age of 16. Cafeterias have also been banned from mixing energy drinks with other categories of drinks. These measures were adapted in the backdrop of revelations that consumption of health drinks cause recurring illness in children.

The amount of caffeine in these beverages can be detrimental to the health of young consumers and can sometimes lead to unforeseeable complications. Moreover, they are also loaded with other additives that can deal a severe blow to long term health goals. Doctors said that energy drinks have a much higher fraction of added sugar as compared to regular soft drinks.