Nutritionists are cautioning inactive and semi-active people to stop consuming energy drinks for recreational purposes. Joweria Nambooze, a nutritionist at Africa Innovations Institute, says that if people with inactive or semi-active lives consume energy drinks, it could lead to obesity due to the high amount of sugars stored.
The experts say such drinks should be left for people in need of high energy burst like athletes.
Energy drinks are beverages that increase physical and mental awareness. They can either be marketed as dietary supplements or carbonated beverages depending on the target audience.
According to nutritionists, while the drinks can increase one's level of alertness, they are supposed to be consumed by active people that need constant bursts of energy.
Joweria Nambooze, a nutritionist at Africa Innovations Institute, says that if people with inactive or semi-active lives consume energy drinks, it could lead to obesity due to the high amount of sugars stored.
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Medical experts say energy drinks are associated with causing obesity, diabetes and hypertension.
Dr. Emmanuel Sekasanvu, a nephrologist says that due to the high levels of sugar and caffeine energy drinks can lead to diabetes and hypertension; two common causes of acute kidney failure in Uganda. Nephrologist specialise in kidney care and treating diseases of the kidneys.
According to the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), there are 30-40 different brands of energy drinks on the Ugandan market that conform to the body's set standards.
Some of the prominent energy drinks on the market include; Rock Boom, Azam, Red Bull, Shark, Monster, Otop, Ozone, Kabisa, Sting, Bravado, Power Horse, Working Man and Xplozive. Only two of these; Rock Boom and Sting are manufactured in Uganda.
Jamil Mpiima, a nutritionist says that energy drinks should only be consumed by athletes because they do not have any side effects on them.
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Mpiima says that people should stop consuming energy drinks as a means to quench their thirst because it is not water.
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Nambooze says that instead of people consuming energy drinks they do not need, they should resort to alternatives such as energy giving foods like carbohydrates and plants like mondia whitei locally refered to as 'mulondo'.
According to Nambooze, some people consume energy drinks because they are believed to have aphrodisiac properties.
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Mpiima recommends that only 300 millilitres of energy drinks should be consumed a day.
Philip Kahuma, a Principal Certification Officer at UNBS says that they encourage consumers to take beverages in moderation according to their needs.
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According to Mpiima, people with severe health conditions should stay away from energy drinks. These include; heart condition, Insomnia, pregnant women, lactating mothers, kidney failure patients and children below the age of 18.